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ESPN to broadcast Kontinental Hockey League games

ESPN's KHL slate will include Alex Ovechkin and Dynamo Moscow. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The ESPN network will carry a minimum of seven Kontinental Hockey League games featuring several big-name NHL stars and the league's all-star game.

The network's KHL broadcasts will begin Tuesday, Oct. 9 with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy and NHL studio analyst Barry Melrose calling the Lev Praha vs. Dynamo Moscow game live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Dynamo Moscow's roster includes Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. Lev Praha has signed Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

The network's KHL schedule will also include games featuring SKA St. Petersburg led by New Jersey Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk, and Metallurg Mg featuring Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

ESPN's relationship with the NHL has been rocky at best since the league passed on what it considered a lowball television rights deal to sign with Versus (now NBC Sports Network) in 2005.
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