KHL's Medvedev Wants to Buy an American NHL Team and Move It to Quebec

Martin AverySenior Writer IMay 5, 2009

28 MAR 1995:  OWEN NOLAN OF QUEBEC IN ACTION DURING THE NORDIQUES GAME VERSUS THE BUFFALO SABRES AT THE AUD IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart/ALLSPORT

The president of the Kontinental Hockey League, Alexander Medvedev told reporters at the World Championships that he wants to buy an NHL team, hinting he would like to take an American team such as Phoenix and move it to Quebec City or elsewhere in Canada.

The KHL president has antagonized the NHL to the point a boycott of the next Olympic Games held in Russia has been discussed.

Alan Adams of CBC Sports reported the Russian billionaire has been a thorn in the side of the NHL this season and now claims he is looking at buying an NHL team.

"Actually, we have considered 10 opportunities and we're doing due diligence on three teams," Adams quoted Medvedev saying.

Medvedev is deputy chairman of Gasprom, the world's biggest natural gas producer. Speaking from the scene of the IIHF world hockey championship, Medvedev wondered aloud why Quebec City has no NHL team, according to the National Post.

Medvedev is scheduled to meet with NHL executive vice-president Bill Daly and National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Paul Kelly to discuss a variety of issues this week.

Medvedev is a member of the IIHF council. One of Medevev’s chief concerns is the NHL potentially abstaining from the 2014 Olympics in Russia.