This was an eventful week in Russian women’s hockey, and unfortunately we will begin with some very tragic news. However, there are also happier matters to look at, including some remarkable results both in the Women’s Hockey League and on the amateur side of things, so do read on…
(a quick technical note: the “translate link” function of Google Translate seems to have quit on me this evening, so most of the links in the article are to pieces in their original Russian. You will have to take my word for it that they so in fact say what I say that they say.)
Time again to see what the KHL teams have been up to over the last week. There were a couple of bits of sad news this time, as well as the usual roster shufflings and some interesting statistical notes as well. First however, we will delve into what, exactly, is going on in the video above! Read on…
I’ve been neglecting our Players of Interest series here for a couple of weeks (not, I hasten to assure you, because I lost interest in them, but simply due to time constraints), so you may consider this a “catch-up” post after which we will return to the usual weekly schedule. In fact, the KHL season is just past the midway point right now, so this seems like a good opportunity to take a step back and check out how each of our players did during the first half. Read on!
The big news from the wider world of women’s hockey this week was not of the good variety; in case you missed it, the U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League announced steep, immediate, and unilateral cuts to player salaries to enable the four-team circuit to continue to operate. The NWHL, you may recall, is the league in which Lyudmila Belyakova (now of Tornado Moscow Oblast) and Yekaterina Smolentseva (Agidel Ufa) played last season, although it currently has no Russian players. For more details on what is happening in the NWHL, I refer you to this excellent article at The Ice Garden, which includes a timeline of events and a number of informative links. And read on here, for a recap of an important series in the Russian Women’s Hockey League, a dramatic tournament finale at the amateur level, and an overseas update.
Time once again for our weekly amble through the KHL’s 29 teams, so read on, for discussion of Monday’s enthralling top-of-the-table encounter, various comings and goings of players, and other such matters. But first watch the highlight clip above two or three times — it’s worth it!
The Women’s Hockey League reached its halfway point this week, with all teams now having played 18 games. When we checked in last time, Agidel Ufa had taken the first two games of their set in Krasnoyarsk against Biryusa, although they needed overtime in the second one. The third and final match of the series went scoreless into the waning minutes, before the teams traded quick goals. Then, in overtime, Biryusa’s Yekaterina Lobova collected the winner, delivering a severe blow to Agidel’s title hopes in the process. Read on, for the rest of the week’s action and a couple of other notes as well!
The KHL got back to work last week, after pausing to allow the youthful selections to the Russian national team to compete in the Karjala Cup (they won it, too, going a perfect 3-0). Of course, that meant any number of interesting developments, so read on as we take a stroll through some of those, and also check in with the President of the KHL, and the President of Russia too, on hockey-related matters!
A bit behind in the blogging this week — my apologies. We will postpone our usual stroll through the KHL teams until next Monday, and instead get you caught up on what has been going on in Russian women’s hockey. Both the senior and Under-18 national sides were in action last week, as the Women’s Hockey League took a break; read on, to see how they fared (spoiler alert: they fared very well).
Extended highlights of today’s encounter between Finland and Russia in Helsinki.
The 2016 Karjala Cup tournament, the first leg of this season’s Euro Hockey Tour, got underway today in Finland and the Czech Republic. In Plzen, the Czechs got four points from Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Jan Kovář to defeat Sweden 6-3. In Helsinki, meanwhile, Finland and Russia, the latter with a very young and somewhat “experimental” lineup, were tied at 1-1 late on. However, four Russian goals in the final ten minutes, including two in the last sixty seconds, resulted in a 5-1 scoreline in favour of the visitors. Several of our players of particular interest were in action for their respective countries today, and one them made some significant noise in the Russia-Finland game. Read on!
This week we are all about international hockey, as both the senior and Under-18 Russian squads will be in action in the coming days. Read on, for a look at their respective rosters, and a quick look in at how the Canadian-based Russian players are doing early in their seasons.