Big hockey is back in America … sort of. With the beginning of the NHL season officially cancelled due to the lockout the ESPN network has signed a deal to broadcast some of the KHL games in October.
The self-proclaimed "worldwide leader" in sports, will start getting the American fans acquainted with the world’s second strongest league on October 9 with a clash between Zdeno Chara’s Lev and Alex Ovechkin’s Dynamo Moscow.
The game will be aired live on ESPN2 with the commentary of SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy and NHL studio analyst Barry Melrose.
At least six other KHL games will be also shown live both on ESPN2 and ESPN3 with the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk starring.
Here is the ESPN3.com schedule announced on Friday:
Tuesday, Oct. 9: Lev vs. Dynamo Moscow (also airing on ESPN2)
Sunday, Oct. 14: Dynamo Moscow vs. Amur
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Dynamo Moscow vs. Sibir HD
Thursday, Oct. 18: SKA vs. Sibir HD
Monday, Oct. 22: Dynamo Riga vs. Metallurg Mg
Monday, Oct. 29: Dynamo Moscow vs. Dynamo Riga HD
The KHL has also scheduled two regular-season games at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in January.