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This is Russia: Life in the KHL - Doctors, bazas and millions of air miles Paperback – December 6, 2013
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"In my three years in the KHL, I saw things I thought I'd never see, but I'm glad I did. Some things were wonderful, others were horrible, and some things were just explained to me as 'This is Russia'."
About the Author
Bernd Brückler is an Austrian professional hockey player, the Philadelphia Flyers fifth-round pick in 2001, and a WCHA All-American in 2004.
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.
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It is an interesting and entertaining look into a league known for spending big on its players, but where the same cannot be said of the conditions the players and staff endure. He talks about the sparse and sometimes Spartan conditions that teams live with in the KHL.
In September of 2011, a charter flight carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslav KHL team crashed upon takeoff in Yaroslav; Bruckler was in the KHL at the time, and he talks about the crash's impact on the league and its players.
The Kindle version has some errors in its formatting; occasionally, words and names with umlauts cause odd characters to appear in the text. If you can ignore these minor glitches, it is a fine format to use to read this book.
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Although a pretty straightforward chronicle of events of playing in the KHL Bruckler's descriptions of the oddities of the Russian based league and the funny and interesting characterizations of teammates and peripheral people around the teams he plays on gives this book a great deal of added entertainment value.
It is very interesting to read what an import sees Russia like even being a
I found it a very enjoyable read, never slow, and always from the perspective of someone who is enjoying what he is doing.
You don't need to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book, although that makes it even more enjoyable.