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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Team Russia on the 2017 NWHL Tour


Olga Sosina. (Image Source)

The Russian women’s national team opened its 2017 series against National Women’s Hockey League teams on Friday in New Jersey, taking on the newly-rechristened Metropolitan Riveters.  It was a successful night for Team Russia, as they emerged 3-2 victors on back of a hat-trick by their redoubtable captain, Olga Sosina.  There will be a full recap of that here game on Monday, but today we will take a look at the roster that the coaching staff has selected for the overseas trip.  Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 11th, 2017


Sean Collins of HK Sochi, scorer of (another) historic goal today!  (Image Source)

Well, step forward if you had HK Sochi as the team that would finally put an end to SKA St Petersburg’s unbeaten start to the season!  SKA had emerged from their first 20 contests as victors, but in the 21st, today in St. Petersburg, their visitors from the Black Sea got the better of them.  Only just barely, mind you — a 3-2 final score in overtime — but the streak is over.  Sean Collins will go down in the history books as the man who scored the winner, and it’s not his first historic KHL goal either; Collins scored the first ever goal for Kunlun Red Star Beijing last season (h/t to @IronCaniac for that reminder).

And so SKA “fall” to 20-1 on the 2017-18 season!  But what about the rest of the league?  Read on, for our (slightly delayed this time) weekly walk through the KHL, which includes another streak (the other kind) coming to an end, the season’s fifth coaching change, and a small black cat on public transit…

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Good Thoughts

Sending all kinds of best wishes and good thoughts this evening in the direction of Avangard Omsk forward Nikolai Lemtyugov, who suffered a horrific injury in today’s game against Barys Astana.  Lemtyugov is reportedly in stable condition in Intensive Care after surgery for a ruptured spleen.  Club President Vladimir Shalayev updated the situation after the game in a phone call to RSport:

“There was a blow to the stomach, the spleen was torn apart.  The spleen has been removed, he is now in Intensive Care.  His life is not at all threatened, vital signs are normal.  Tomorrow we will all donate blood for him.”

Avangard are also asking for blood donations from fans; details are here.  Get well soon, Nikolai Alexandrovich!

(short delay on the planned KHL news notes post; it will be up tomorrow)

Women’s Hockey Update: October 9th, 2017


Russia’s Yevgeniya Dyupina scores against Nana Fujimoto of Japan during an exhibition game on Monday.  (Image Source)

Here we are at Monday, so it is time once again for a women’s hockey update, and there is a great deal to cover in this one!  Both the senior and under-18 Russian women’s national teams saw action this past week, and the last couple of days witnessed the celebrations of the IIHF’s World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend.  In addition, there was a very important player-signing in the Women’s Hockey League, and even bigger news than that.  Read on!

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Říha Leaves Slovan


Miloš Říha directs traffic from the Slovan Bratislava bench.  (Image Source)

A minor change in schedule at the blog this weekend: the “Walk Through the KHL” post will be up on Tuesday (it will thereafter return to Sundays).  However, we do have some news to cover today in any case, as we are now up to four coaches removed from their posts in this 2017-18 KHL season.  The latest: veteran bench boss Miloš Říha, who has been let go by Slovan Bratislava.  Read on…

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Back Amongst the Coaches


Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Head Coach Alexei Kudashov (l.) shakes hands with his CSKA Moscow counterpart Dmitry Kvartalnov after Lokomotiv eliminated CSKA from last season’s playoffs. (Image Source)

At about this time last week, we took a look at the KHL’s first two coaching changes of 2017-18, and speculated mildly about where the third might occur.  The answer to that question has now arrived, and — spoiler alert — it involves none of the teams which I mentioned in that speculation!  Read on, for that story, and some other coaching news from the past day or so.

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 2nd, 2017


Teams representing Moscow Oblast (in white) and Vologda Oblast do battle during last week’s first stage of the Russian Under-18 Women’s National Championship.  (Image Source)

Time to check in with what happened over the last seven days in women’s hockey in Russia!  Lots to cover in this one: six games from the Women’s Hockey League, the opening tilts of the country’s Under-18 women’s championship, and the gathering of not one but two national squads.  Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 1st, 2017


Portrait of a young goalie who is back on his game: Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Ilya Samsonov. (Image Source)

Another week of the 2017-18 KHL season is behind us, and this one saw the ends of three sizeable losing streaks (but the continuation of another)!  We also have something of a scheduling SNAFU involving Kunlun Red Star Beijing, a whopping great suspension (thoroughly deserved), a few players moving here and there, and other items of that sort.  Read on, for this week’s news notes!

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First Out the Door


It seemed a good story indeed when club legend Sandis Ozoliņš was hired to coach Dinamo Riga, but that tale has not ended well.  (Image Source)

Given the looming contraction of the KHL — three, yet unknown, teams will be departing after this season — 2017-18 always looked like it would be harder than a normal campaign on the job security of coaches, particularly those in charge of the league’s weaker clubs.  And so it seemed almost miraculous that we made it all the way nearly to the end of September, a full month and more of regular season action, with no casualties from the ranks of KHL bench bosses.  However, the first domino fell earlier this week, and the second followed it by mere hours.  In neither case, it must be said, can the move be considered a surprise.  Read on…

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