Author Archives: Patrick Conway

Lada Tolyatti in 2017-18

Lada Tolyatti’s 2016-17 campaign looked much like the previous one.  The former automobile company team from the banks of the Volga achieved four fewer points, dropped one spot in the standings, and was once again a spectator when the post-season hove in sight.  Any chance of improvement in 2017-18?  Well, there have been very interesting moves this summer, so read on…

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Dinamo Riga in 2017-18

Let’s be frank: 2016-17 was a misery on the ice for Dinamo Riga, which is why they are the first entry in 2017-18’s series of previews (I start at the bottom of the previous campaign’s standings and work up, and incumbent last-place team Metallurg Novokuznetsk are no longer in the KHL, so here we are).  Money woes meant a late start to the 2016 signing season for Dinamo, and forced now-former GM Normunds Sējējs into being an unwilling head coach through simple inability to find anybody else for the job.  The late start was repeated this summer (it was mid-June before Dinamo started signing players), but this time around they have a coach in place, and can look forward to the contributions of some interesting newcomers as well.  Will it be enough?  Read on…

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 17th, 2017

Clips and Comments from one of Agidel Ufa’s early training camp sessions last week.

As the Women’s Hockey League teams, and the Russian women’s national team, get down to on-ice business for the upcoming season, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the league’s coaches.  So read on, for a team-by-team look at the people behind the benches, and for a pieces of news from the last week-and-a-bit.

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Schedules and Suchlike


A cheerful moment between Barys Astana’s Alikhan Asetov (l.) and Talgat Zhailauov of Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, during Friday’s exhibition game. (Image Source)

The on-ice competitive portion of the 2017-18 KHL hockey season is officially underway, albeit only in exhibition game form!  Barys Astana took on their VHL farm team, Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, on Friday and… lost 6-2.  Ah well, (very, very) early days yet (and Torpedo are an extremely strong VHL team, too).  Read on, a look at newly-released schedules, league compositions, and the like!

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Hello Again!

Normal service resumes here tomorrow…

Women’s Hockey Update: July 6th, 2017

Dynamo St. Petersburg players impart some wisdom at a children’s hockey master-class in April of this year.

They’re back!  Women’s Hockey League teams are heading back to training camps this week (most of them, anyway — SKIF Nizhny Novgorod got their 2017-18 preparations underway with a dry-land camp back in mid-June).  Read on, therefore, as we get caught up on the league’s news of the last couple of weeks, including among other items a most promising young goalie on the move, and the potential return to action of a league star!

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The Silk Road


John Cary’s 1806 map of Central and East Asia.  (Image Source, including full-size version of this picture!)

As mentioned in the previous post here, yesterday was a big day, news-wise, for Russian hockey.  We have covered the developments at Dynamo Moscow enough for the time being, so now we turn our attention to Tuesday’s other big announcement: a memorandum of understanding between the national hockey bodies of Russia and China on developing the sport in Asia.  The agreement includes the expected exchanges of information and expertise, and is part of the China’s fast-tracking of hockey development in advance of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.  However, the announcement also means some big changes for the VHL, Russia’s second-highest men’s professional league — no surprise, as that circuit is run directly by the Russian Hockey Federation.  Read on, as we delve a little into what it all means…

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Clarity on the Dynamo Moscow Situation?


Dynamo Moscow captain Alexei Tereshchenko in action this past season versus Ak Bars Kazan.  (Image Source)

Today was a day of big news in Russian hockey, on a couple of different fronts.  We’ll get the bad tidings out of the way first — the Dynamo Moscow situation has reached something (more) of a crisis point, and there were major developments in that affair today.  Read on…

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The Bench Bosses: Chernyshyov* Division

KHL Season 2013/14

Mike Keenan (r.) with the late coaching legend Viktor Tikhonov, in 2013.  “Iron Mike” is back in the KHL once again, and will be plying his trade behind the Kunlun Red Star Beijing bench in 2017-18.  (Image Source)

* = often transliterated as “Chernyshev.”

We are now not much more than a week or so from the beginning of KHL 2017-18 training camps, so it’s high time that we finished off our look at the league’s coaches.  The last (though certainly not least) division to be considered is the East Conference’s Chernyshyov Division.  Read on, therefore, for a group of teams that have seen a lot of turnover behind their benches in this off-season.  And you will also, as a bonus, find out which of our three previous “coaches by division” posts is now out of date!

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CSKA Moscow fans take in a game.  (Image Source)

We’re a brief break around this place, we are back, and normal blogging herewith resumes!  And we resume with a further look at the KHL’s new strategic plan, to which Tomáš Vorčák introduced us a couple of weeks ago.  Read on!

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