Dynamo Moscow players used metro to get to game in time (Photo © khl.ru)
Dynamo Moscow players had to use Moscow underground to reach the Luzhniki arena in time for a game against Ak Bars Kazan.
Most of Dynamo players were driving to the game in a club’s bus but due to a traffic jam they had to leave the bus and use metro. Only the players who used their cars got to the arena beforehand and skated in the pre-game warm-up. They players who used metro joined their partners in the locker room after the warm-up.
“All of our players are in the locker room right now, preparing for the game,” said Dynamo coach Igor Zhilinskiy to Gazeta.ru minutes before the game.
The game start wasn’t delayed.
“As usual, we left our base for the game 3 hours before the starting whistle. Normally it would take us 40-45 minutes to get to the arena. But this time we had to leave the bus one hour before the game and use metro due to heavy traffic jams. I accompanied the players in metro and looked after the Finns, Swedes and Czechs so that they wouldn’t get lost, ” said Zhilinskiy in an interview to Sport channel after the first period.
Dynamo defeated Ak Bars 4:2, two goals were scored by Linus Omark, who prefered the KHL to the NHL past summer. Former Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler amassed 2 assits.
“Should we always get to the games by metro from now on? We should think it over. Today was the first time the Swedes saw the metro. And they liked it,” said Dynamo head coach Andrei Khomutov in an interview to Sport channel after the game.
It is not the first time when players in Moscow have to use metro to get to the game in time. In 2006 Spartak Moscow football players used underground too.