The KHL’s annual Week of Stars celebration this season will take place from January 10th to 14th, and this time around the site will be Astana, Kazakhstan (home of KHL side Barys).  The week will feature the all-star contests of the Women’s Hockey League, of Russia’s top junior league (the MHL), and of course of the KHL itself.  And as regards the latter, fan voting for the All-Star teams has begun!  Each of the KHL’s four divisions will be represented by a squad, and the four will play a mini-tournament to determine the champion.  Fans can vote at the link just above, up until December 1st, for two forwards and two defencemen from each division; read on, for my ballot and a few uncomplicated thoughts about the choices therein.

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Women’s Hockey Update: November 20th, 2017

Highlights from one of this past week’s Women’s Hockey League games: a thriller between Agidel Ufa (in green) and Tornado Moscow Oblast!

A fairly large update this week, as in addition to some exciting goings-on on the ice, there was some significant off-ice tidings in a couple of areas — and not all of it is good  news.  There will be more of this in the coming week too, so read on…

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Guest Post: The KHL’s Strategic Plan, Revisited


The KHL Executive Board at work in May of 2017.  (Image Source)

With the KHL resuming action this week after the international break, I am pleased and grateful once again to turn the blog over to Tomáš Vorčák (@vorkywh24 on Twitter) for another guest post.  Tomáš has been keeping a close eye on developments with regards to the league’s new strategic plan, to which he himself introduced us back in May.  This post deals with some extra information coming out of Friday’s meeting of the KHL Executive Board.  Without further ado, read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: November 13th, 2017


Valeriya Pavlova made her return to the national team this past week after a season away, and it was clear how much she’d been missed!  (Image Source)

We’re back in business here this week with another women’s hockey update, and this one is mostly about the international scene.  Two Russian women’s national teams saw game action over the past few days, and — spoiler alert — it all went very well indeed.  Read on, for those stories and some other notes as well!

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Present and Accounted For


Hockey night at SKA St. Petersburg.  (Image Source)

As the KHL is on its annual November break for international play, and the league’s 2017-18 season is only just past its halfway point for most teams, this seems a useful juncture at which to take a peek at some attendance figures for the current campaign.  This is especially so this season, with the league’s new strategic plan underway and contraction looming for three clubs next spring; attendance is most certainly one of the criteria the KHL will be looking at when it comes time to determine the unlucky trio.  Read on, then…

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Where’d We Go?

On a bit of an unanticipated blog hiatus here, due to some computer issues, so unfortunately there will be no women’s hockey update this week.  However, God willing and the creek don’t rise, it should all be sorted out quite soon, and normal service can resume!

Women’s Hockey Update: October 30th, 2017


Severyanka Cherepovets goalie Arina Konina finds the puck with a little help from her defenders during their game against Forvard Kazan at this past weekend’s opening of the Under-18 national amateur league’s season.  (Image Source)

Well, this was a fairly busy week in Russian women’s hockey!  With the the national team returned from its tour of the NWHL, there were once again games in the Women’s Hockey League, while just east of the Urals the amateur league’s Under-18 division held its inaugural matches as well.  Read on…

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 25th, 2017


Barys Astana’s Nigel Dawes has his sights set on some goalscoring records… (Image Source)

To the KHL we go, to get caught up on some news of the last couple of weeks!  Read on, as we check out a nightmarish 17 minutes for Traktor Chelyabinsk, look in on the secret(s) of Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk’s good first half of the season, get up to date on player movement around the league, and so on and so forth!  Also, we will hear from a couple of folks on potential future developments in the league…

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 23rd, 2017


Lots of post-game smiling for the Russian women’s national team over the past ten days!  Here Galina Skiba (#55), goalie Mariya Sorokina, Yekaterina Nikolayeva (#76), and Anna Shokhina (#97) celebrate a win over the Boston Pride.  (Image Source)

In the autumn of 2016, the Russian women’s national team visited the United States to take on clubs from the NWHL, and came away at the end with a respectable 2-3 record.  This fall, the nats went back again, and let us just say that they improved somewhat upon that mark.  When we checked in last week, Team Russia had won their first two games of the series, so read on for recaps of the four that took place since then!


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Women’s Hockey Update: October 16th, 2017


Members of the Russian women’s national team pose before their game against the Metropolitan Riveters on Friday.  Note, in the back row, the presence of Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Yevgeny Kuznetsov, who had dropped by say hello.  (Image Source)

Yesterday we had a quick look at the Russian women’s national team roster for their current visit to the United States to take on NWHL opposition.  Today, we go into more depth on the team’s first couple of games in North America (and a very interesting start to the series it has been, too), and present you with the promised brief preview of the amateur women’s hockey season in Russia.  Read on…

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