Mark French Wins First Game As KHL Coach

Former Hershey Bears coach Mark French won his first KHL game. Medvescak Zagreb blew out star-studded CSKA Moscow (managed by former Capital Sergey Fedorov) in a score of 7-1.

It was also the Croatian club’s first game in the KHL. Before this season, Medvescak played in the Austrian EBEL league.

The win was quite a surprise considering the gap between the teams’ pedigrees and finances. According to data provided by the KHL, Russia’s most winning team has a payroll of approximately $29 million– not counting their biggest star, Alexander Radulov, who is an exempt from the salary cap. Medvescak’s total payroll is around $5.5 million.

They love hockey in Zagreb.

CSKA coach John Torchetti during the post-game presser. Here’s the caption by Russian journalist Alexey Shevchenko: The Medvescak coach thinks about what will happen if they score seven goals against everyone.

French and NHL veteran Steve Montador at the pre-game presser.

If you like to see rich clubs getting pounded by poor ones as much as I do, here are your highlights:

  • yv

    As they saying enthusiasm was so high that they sold all tickets for the first KHL game ever for 30 min. It is like Hershey Bears destroying Caps, And if it will continue (probably not), that would be indication how unusual for KHL the NHL-size rink in Zagreb affecting game of KHL teams.

  • Dengolchuk

    The best KHL club Dynamo Moscow is probably on the same level with Florida or even weaker so don’t expect too much when CSKA is facing a club with Jonathan Cheechoo. Event Scott Gomez would be TOP-3 in goals in KHL, believe me.

  • Fedor

    No he wouldn’t be.