Astana is a great place to catch some of the action in the fast and furious sport of ice hockey. Barys plays in the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League), Europe and Asia’s answer to North America’s
NHL (National Hockey League). The
KHL brings together teams from Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Finland, Slovakia and China.
Barys, which translates as ‘snow leopard’, play in the KHL’S Eastern Conference and the team includes players from Canada, Russia and Sweden as well as Kazakhstan. Its home is the 11,500 capacity, state-of-the-art Barys Arena, which opened in 2015. The arena is also used as a venue for concerts and other sports events.
The hockey season runs from September to February and there are home matches in Astana up to three times a week – you can check the schedule on hcbarys.kz and tickets can be booked online via the ticketon.kz website.