KHL rink in Ukraine looted and burned
A boy walks by as firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at the sports arena "Druzhba" (Friendship), which is the home rink of the KHL's Donbass in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. An armed group broke into the stadium in the early hours and set it on fire and left taking along some property, according to local media. (Reuters/Stringer)
The Kontinental Hockey League's Donbass Donetsk, based in politically-unstable Ukraine, will likely have to find a new home next season.
The team’s rink, Druzhba Arena, was ransacked overnight Monday by thieves who tied up the security guard before carrying away office equipment, plasma screens and safe deposit boxes.
Also, the server which stored information collected by the team's video surveillance cameras was destroyed before the rink was set on fire. The bandits then drove off in a company car.
The team reported no casualties.
"In the course of the day the club received hundreds of calls from concerned fans and organizations," the team wrote on its website. "HC Donbass thanks the hockey community for their support and said that in July-August this year, the club, together with the coaching staff, players and fans, will hold a series (of meetings) to restore Arena Druzhba."
The team played out the latter part of their schedule in Bratislava, Slovakia, following February's military invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.
The Druzhba Arena, which translates to "Friendship", has hosted major athletics competitions, basketball games and other cultural and sporting events.