Continental Hockey League (KHL), where today participate teams from the former Soviet Union republics in the near future intends to expand its historical boundaries. It is expected that already in April 2011, the Board of Directors of the league will announce the accession of the Slovak Club "Lev" from Poprad into the KHL.
The question of membership of the Slovak Club "Lev" in the KHL has long remained controversial. The desire of the club to participate in a strong international tournament did not find firm support of the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. Nevertheless, at the KHL press conference in Moscow were discussed new regulations. KHL president Alexander Medvedev said that the problem of "Lev" participation in the coming League season is already solved.
Hockey club "Lev" was created in 2010. Authors of the project - Roman Slavchev and Sergei Zaitsev (Russian natives, who live in the Czech Republic) - originally planned to start a club in the Czech Republic in Hradec Kralove. However, club owners could not agree on the rules of the club participation in KHL with the Czech Ice Hockey Federation. Thus, it was decided to move the club to the Slovakian town of Poprad.
Farm club of "Lev" - "Tatra wolves" - will also participate in the international MHL championship.
It is worth noting that most likely Slovakia apart from "Lev" will introduce another club to the KHL championship. KHL president Alexander Medvedev admitted that in the near future would be considered question of participation in the KHL of another Slovakian club - Slovan from Bratislava.
Slovakia is a country, where hockey is a national sport. Confirmation of this is recent successes of the Slovak hockey squad at the world championships, as well as the current status of the host country of the World Hockey Championship 2011.