The Kontinentalnaya Hokkeynaya Liga (KHL), founded in 2008, has quickly established itself as the second best league in the world, behind only the National Hockey League.
Bernd Brückler spent two seasons playing for Torpedo Nizhny Novogorod, and a season with Sibir Novosibirsk in Siberia. In his memoir, he tells us what it's like to be an import player in Russia, and the challenges he faced with the language, the culture, and the game.
He tells stories about life at the "baza", a training base, and how they'd have to spend big parts of the season away from their families. (Unless they sneak out). His driver was also his buddy and a bodyguard. There's the travel, with hours upon hours on planes that are often antiquated, and there are the teammates, the doctors, the pills, the training camps, the saunas, and the money, oh, the money.
"What an awesome book. If you're a hockey fan, you will love it."
- Thomas Vanek, New York Islanders
"This is Russia... offers a fascinating first-person look at life in the KHL for a foreigner."
- Chris Johnston, Sportsnet, Canada
"It's been a long time since I have thoroughly enjoyed a book so much."
- Michael Lorber, sports journalist, Kleine Zeitung, Austria
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About the Author
Risto Pakarinen is a Finnish freelance hockey writer, and an author of two previous books on hockey. He's been published on NHL.com, ESPN.com, IIHF.com, and in The Hockey News, among other publications.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story is fast-paced, and (for me) provided just the right amount of detail, and more than a few laughs (which did not come from a balloon full of nitrous oxide – a joke you'll have to read the book to get). As another reviewer has said, you don't have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book. This is a story about a man who takes a job in a foreign land, has some good experiences and bad ones, makes some money, gets screwed over, and survives with his sense of humor intact. Recommended!