Two Russian WNTs Head into Action

The Russian senior ‘B’ women’s national team (in white) and the Under-18 squad got together for a training game earlier this month (the youngsters won it, too!). (Image Source)

For approximately the next month, international hockey will dominate the headlines, as tournaments like the, U18 Women’s World Championship, and World Juniors take place (not to mention the wonderful Spengler Cup tournament). And things are already starting up in that regard, so the next few days around here will be given over to a look at some Russian national-team rosters. Today, we start with a couple of teams in the women’s national program, as the U18s prepare for a four-nations pre-Worlds tournament in Sweden, and the senior national ‘B’ team gets set for a six-nations event on the Black Sea coast. Read on!

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KHL Developments: A Quick Note

The KHL’s Board of Directors met today, and while there were no massive new announcements, there were some very interesting updates on the league’s general plan of development. We’ll talk in more detail about what transpired in next Monday’s KHL news notes, but for now here are the highlights:

  • Most notably, the KHL released some information about the “hard” salary cap and salary floor that will be coming into force next season, including the details of what will and will not count towards determining whether a team is in compliance.
  • The league is continuing its move towards smaller rinks, and all but two clubs next season will be either on the “Finnish” size of ice of ice surface (28 m. x 60 m.) or the NHL size (26 m. x 60 m.).
  • The KHL and NHL have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding on the subject of contracts.

There were also some updates on the KHL’s anti-doping measures, and on the league’s collection of data, both of the on-ice and marketing varieties. As I said, we’ll talk about everything in more detail next Monday, but for now you can find more info in the story linked at the start of this little post.

A Walk Through the KHL: December 10th, 2019

Google doodle in honour of the 101st birthday of famous CSKA Moscow and Soviet national team head coach Anatoli Tarasov. (Image Source)

Yesterday’s games marked the last KHL action before the second break in the 2019-20 schedule, with matches set to resume on December 17th. That means international play, and the Channel One Cup, the Russian leg of the men’s Euro Hockey Tour, starts later this week. In the next couple of days, we’ll talk about Russia’s roster for that tournament, as well as some other international hockey goings-on, but now it’s time for KHL news notes. Read on; we’ve got a note or two per team, and some words on the latest developments in the Vitali Kravsov saga.

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The KHL's Youth Brigade in 2019-20: Mid-Season Report

Severstal Cherepovets’ 20-year-old Slovakian forward Adam Liška, who led all KHL junior-age players in goals and total ice-time in the first half of this season. (Image Source)

With this post, we wrap up our series of mid-season reports on young player usage in the KHL in 2019-20. Last time, we looked at the overall numbers for the league’s 24 teams; now, we will look at the entire group of junior-age skaters in the KHL. Read on, and we’ll break down the group by position and year of birth.

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What Happens Now? (With Updates)

As had been rumoured for the past couple of weeks, the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) today approved a series of sanctions against Russian sports as result of alleged manipulations of a database at the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory. The short version is that Russia is banned from “major tournaments” (i.e. World Championships and Olympics) for four years, although Russian athletes can still compete as neutrals if they are proven to have clean doping records. Russia is also banned from hosting or bidding for major international tournaments during that time. Read on, for some updates on this situation as it develops.

Last update: Dec. 10th.

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Junior Players in the KHL, 2019-20: A Look at the Teams

Dinamo Minsk’s 20-year-old defenceman Vladislav Yeryomenko has seen a lot of ice-time this fall and winter, as have a number of his team-mates. (Image Source)

We move along this evening in our look at the junior-agers in the KHL, and this time we’ve got some fact and figures about teams’ usage of young skaters overall during the first half of the 2019-20 season. Which teams gave lots of ice-time to their youngsters (there’s a clue in the image above), and which did not? And which team got the most points from their junior-age skaters? The answers are below, so read on…

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The League of Women's Hockey in 2019-20

Grad-1 Moscow celebrate their 2018-19 League of Women’s championship win in May of 2019. (Image Source)

A bit of a change of pace today, as we step away from the KHL and turn our attention to the women’s amateur game in Russia. The League of Women’s Hockey (not to be confused with the professional Women’s Hockey League), the top women’s amateur league in Russia, is well underway with its 2019-20 season, after an off-season that saw the league add a whole new tier while expanding from 38 teams total to 52. So what’s going on in this immensely-fascinating league? Read on…

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A Walk Through the KHL: December 3rd, 2019

Traktor Chelyabinsk’s video to say goodbye to longtime netminder Vasili Demchenko, who is off to Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

There is a lot to get through in this edition of the KHL news notes! We have players of the week (Week 12), players of the month (November), and the release of the fan-voting results for the KHL All-Star Game in January! But this one is really all about the goalies; three well-known KHL ‘tenders changed teams in the past week, while two of their highly-rated young netminding colleagues made their league debuts. Read on!

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Junior-Agers in the Kharlamov Division (Mid-Season Report)

Traktor Chelyabinsk’s prodigal forward Vitali Kravtsov, who has returned to a team where young players are already getting a lot of looks in the lineup. (Image Source)

And herewith we wrap up the divisional portion of our mid-season look at the KHL’s young skaters. Last, but by no means least, on the docket is the Kharlamov Division of the East Conference, which means that we will be discussing Ak Bars, Avtomobilist, Metallurg, Neftekhimik, Sibir, and Traktor. There are some spectacular young skaters coming along in this division, plus a truly unique approach to young-player usage at Avtomobilist, so read on!

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Junior-Agers in the Bobrov Division (Mid-Season Report)

SKA’s Vasili Podkolzin — an eagerly-watched young forward on both sides of the ocean(s)! (Image Source)

This is the third in our division-by-division peeks at the use of junior-age skaters in the KHL, season 2019-20. We’re back in the West Conference for this one, checking in with the clubs of the Bobrov Division, namely Dinamo Riga, Dynamo Moscow, Jokerit, Severstal, SKA, and Spartak. In general, this division has trotted out a lot of young players this season, including a couple of highly-anticipated NHL draft-picks, so read on!

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