‘Goon’ Meets ‘Tron’ On KHL Opening Night

On Monday, the KHL season opened with a match between defending champs SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow. However, the KHL season not only opened with a game, it also opened with an Olympics Opening Ceremony-esque blender full of hockey and Tron.

Screengrab from One World Sports’ KHL opening ceremony broadcast. (One World Sports, Vimeo)
Following an impressive 3D projection on the ice, four neon Christmas trees skated onto the ice to dance and maybe shoot a puck around. It’s hard to tell because though they are decked out like extras in Tron, it’s dark and seems likely that Fox Sports still owns the global rights to any glowing puck. (Excuse me, it’s called FoxTrax.)

You can watch the whole ceremony, projections to national anthem, in the video below. The projections start immediately, but it’s not until the 2:30 mark that you’ll see Skrillex’s holiday decorations take to the ice.

On opening night, Alexander Radulov and CSKA Moscow hoisted the Opening Cup, defeating Ilya Kovalchuk’s SKA St. Petersburg 4-3 in overtime. Watch highlights from the game below, courtesy of One World Sports, who will be broadcasting KHL games in English all season.

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