Riga Dinamo games will be something to remember! (4)
An interview with Dinamo President Viesturs Koziols
The Riga Dinamo home opener is on September 11. What can fans expect from the team at the game?
We’ve put a lot of effort into building the team and I believe we’ll be competitive. This showed at our pre-season games. The team consists of Latvian hockey players and 6 imports. We’ve made sure that the players have the best conditions for training to ensure that the team will be well prepared and able to put forward its best at each game.
Will there be anything special for fans at the home opener and throughout the season?
Yes, we’ve thought about our fans to ensure that every game will be something to remember. Both adults and children will be able to participate in various contests and activities. At the home opener we will also debut the Riga Dinamo anthem. It was composed by the Latvian rock group “Dzelzsvilks” (Iron Wolf) and will be catchy – slightly aggressive, dynamic and very appropriate for sports.
Tell us why it would be advantageous for fans to get season tickets rather than buying tickets for individual games?
There are benefits to being a Riga Dinamo season ticket holder. The cost of individual games is cheaper. There could be a savings of up to 83LVL over the season depending on the ticket class. A second benefit is that season ticket holders will have access to better seats as well as the same seats for play-off games.
Last week you and the team’s general manager were in the USA to meet with Latvian hockey star Sandis Ozolins. Anything to report?
Our team needs top notch players and one of the best defensemen is Sandis Ozolins. Back in May while in New York I met with his agent Paul Theofanous to negotiate Ozolins joining Dinamo. Unfortunately his demands were unacceptable. That’s why GM Normunds Sejejs and I headed to the USA a couple of weeks ago to meet with Sandis personally. It was clear from our conversations that Sandis would like to go to Riga and play hockey with Dinamo. We offered Sandis a deal that would see him as the best paid player on the team. As it turned, our positions were still apart and we could not come to an agreement. It would be a win-win situation. Sandis would have the opportunity to play at home in Latvia while Riga Dinamo would have a talented player. We’re not closing any doors and would still like to see Sandis on our team.
Are you satisfied with the team’s showing during the pre-season?
Even though I was not able to attend our Tampere Cup games in Finland, I’d have to say that our pre-season showing both in Riga and Finland was successful. Although we’ve got to plug a few holes before the start of the KHL season, I’m confident that the team will be able to perform well throughout the year. We’re also participating at an exhibition tournament in Moscow where we’ll look at three players from our Riga 2000 farm team – Aigars Cipruss, Girts Ankipans and Maksims Sirokovs.