AIK ice hockey

Break Away to Russia

There's been widespread surprise in the Swedish sports world at the decision by Stockholm's AIK ice hockey club's decision to agree to go and play in the Russian league.

Writing in tabloid Expressen Leksand and Malmö ice hockey clubs say that they also got an invitation to play in Russia's KHL series, but that they turned it down, preferring to stick with the Swedish Elite Series.

And now it also seems that the Swedish ice hockey federation are unlikely to give AIK the go ahead they will need to cross the Baltic to play with the Russians.