Calgary Herald

Putin ally cites need for arenas


A billionair­e ally of President Vladimir Putin said Russia needs at least 50 new ice hockey arenas in an effort to enlist companies to rebuild the sport back to its Soviet-era glory. Russia is suffering from a “severe shortage” of covered ice rinks, Arkady Rotenberg, who’s the head of Russia’s hockey federation, said at a meeting of the presidenti­al sports council in Kazan. Putin backed the plan to build more arenas, saying Canada has more than five times as many covered rinks.

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