NHL Versus KHL: Cold War Becomes Ice War

Aaron BrenkerCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2008

"After an almost 20-year hiatus, the United States and NATO allies may once again prioritize Russia as a potential threat to the common European security. NATO should send a strong signal to Moscow that its aggression will not stand. This should be done through diplomacy, international organizations, and inventive economic measures. The U.S., its allies, and Europe must do everything possible to reverse Russian aggression against Georgia and to prevent hostile action against European countries."

These "cold war" disputes are now turning into an NHL v.s. KHL ice war. Russian prime-minister Vladimir Putin denies any tampering with NHL players, but some of Putins' known KGB associates have been seen scouting players during NHL training camps.

These KGB agents have been accused of coercing NHL players to switch leagues by giving them huge economic incentives. Players such as Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, and Alexander Radulov have already switched leagues.

Russia has already started to scout America's youth. Agents have been sent to pee-wee hockey games to scout the young talents of the U.S. The young hockey players that are viewed to show potential have been bribed by Russian forces to come to Russia and learn how to become better hockey players. Incentives such as hockey equipment, private schools and scholarships are being offered.

This has concerned mothers all over the nation. Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has been closely monitoring the situation and is forming the national association of "hockey moms" (NAHM). This will be the Governors first foray into foreign affairs, and should quiet her critics who say she has no foreign policy experience.

The public needs to be made aware of this threat to national security. Hopefully this will be an issue of high priority in the upcoming presidential debates.