Hockey clubs need to be taxed for foreign players - Tretyak

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MOSCOW, June 9 (RIA Novosti) - Vladislav Tretyak, Russia's top hockey official, said Friday a tax needed to be imposed on foreign players in Russian hockey clubs to improve the level of national hockey.

The three-time Olympic Champion, who was elected in April the head of the Russian Hockey Federation, said many foreign players turned out for Russian clubs but could not play for Russia as they already played for own national teams.

"I would like to say that we are only considering new regulations [for 2006-2007 Russian championship], discussing our proposals and plans, arguing the urgent need to train Russian goaltenders and players," Tretyak said.

Tretyak is holding a session Friday with heads of Russian hockey clubs.

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