The Russian-based KHL will add a team in Sochi for the 2014-15 season, it announced Wednesday, confirming reports from late last year that the 2014 Olympic host city will have a club in the second strongest hockey league in the world.
The team does not have an official name yet, the KHL said on Facebook on Wednesday, though the team has been named the Sochi Leopards by the regional governor, according to The Associated Press.
In December, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said the club was expected to named “Delfin,” Russian for “Dolphin,” and would play in the Bolshoy Ice Dome, site of the Olympic medal round hockey games, according to R-Sport.
It may also play in Shayba Arena, the other Sochi Olympic hockey venue, the AP reported Wednesday.
Recently, plans were announced to revive Sochi’s club soccer team and have it play in Fisht Stadium, site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
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QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.