Before the encounter with Ak Bars in Dubai, Avangard head coach Bob Hartley spoke about the oddest match of his career (UAE).

“During our time as AHL coaches, Jacques Cloutier and I experienced the strangest occurrence I can recall.” The Cornwell Aces were my team, and we played the Greensboro Monarchs. They dispatched a well-known NASCAR driver, whose name I can’t recall at the moment. He drove his automobile to the ice after the first period. The stadium had been poorly inhabited in previous matches, but it was packed with almost 18 thousand supporters on that particular day.

The car then drives to the very center, where people are pleased, and they encourage the rider to get out. He complies, web site and walks around the entire ice rink for a few minutes, greeting the spectators, before returning to the car, waving to the stands, and driving away. A large puddle developed below the car since the engine was so hot and site so near to the ice.

The damage was so severe, and it happened right in the middle of the ice, that the game had to be called off. We had to travel 10-12 hours by bus for a 20-minute game. It was simply amazing! “The match has been postponed,” Hartley says on the Omsk residents’ official website.

Avangard and Ak Bars will face off in the KHL World Games on December 3 in Dubai.

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