Category Archives: 2015-16

Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: May 10th, 2016


Jonathan Cheechoo, here shown with Dinamo Minsk in 2014-15, will have a new address when next season commences. (Image Source)

Yesterday we got you all caught up on the World Championship scene as it currently stands with regards to Team Russia, so this edition of the news notes will primarily involve Other Things.  And so read on, for quite a lot of KHL player movement, a big party in Sochi, and other items (and, yes, a World Championship note or two has snuck in there somehow)!

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World Championship Update!


Sergei Bobrovsky was very much on his game against Latvia, after a shaky outing versus Kazakhstan. (Image Source)

There will be a full set of news notes along tomorrow, but in the past several days most of what has been happening in Russian hockey has been happening on the ice in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as the World Championship makes its way through the group stage.  Team Russia is three games in, and I think we have to say that fortunes have been a bit mixed for them so far.  Read on, and we’ll get you caught up on the early days of the tournament!


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Russia at the 2016 Worlds


What’s at stake. (Image Source)

We are but hours away now from the start of the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Russia, and so it is past time to take a look at the home team’s roster, or at least such of it as is known at the moment.  Read on, and we’ll see what Head Coach Oleg Znarok and his staff have in store!


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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: May 4th, 2016


Alexander Sudnitsin in action for Neftekhimik last season — he will be plying his trade in Yaroslavl in 2016-17. (Image Source)

A couple of days late, but here we are with another set of news notes!  This one has all kinds of things, as the World Championship starts on Friday, and KHL teams began shuffling players around last weekend.  There was also some interesting expansion news, and not just from the KHL, either.  So read on!

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Moving Day


Nikita Zaitsev in action against Admiral Vladivostok in 2014-15. (Image Source)

A full set of news notes will be up tomorrow, and when I say “full,” I mean it!  We will have news about the Russian national team as the World Championship approaches, expansion tidings from FOUR different leagues, and the fall-out from the first 48 hours or so of the KHL’s free agent season.  On that last note…  two of the players to whom we paid particular attention this season were on the move in the last couple of days.  Read on, and we’ll discuss briefly those two cases.


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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: April 26th, 2016


Metallurg Head Coach Ilya Vorobyov (right) looks on as Vasily Koshechkin (centre) and Danis Zaripov show off the Gagarin Cup upon the champions’ return to Magnitogorsk. (Image Source)

As we discussed here and here, the Gagarin Cup, Bratina Cup, and Kharlamov Cup have all now been awarded for 2015-16, so we are rapidly approaching the off-season portion of the year.  Of course, the IIHF Men’s World Championship is yet to be played, and there are Russian players still going in the NHL playoffs as well.  Read on, as we discuss those stories and some other matters as well!

(Note: due to technical issues, some of the linked articles have note been translated.)

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More Champions!


Neftyanik Almetyevsk celebrate with the Bratina Cup after defeating Izhstal Izhevsk last week. (Image Source)

There will be a full edition of news notes up tomorrow (and we do have a lot of them this time), but for now here’s a little look back at some Finals that ended last week, and some silverware that was awarded as a result.  And I do not mean the series that we have already discussed here!  So read on, as we briefly check in with how the VHL and MHL seasons came to an end.

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Difficult Circumstances: Russia at the U18s

The rather remarkable story of Team Russia at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship came to an end this past Thursday, when the Russian youngsters went down 4-3 to Finland in the quarterfinal round.  It was, in fact, an entirely reasonable result for this largely under-aged group, which found out only days before the opening faceoff that they were to attend to the tournament at all.  Read on, and we will take a look back at the U18 Worlds, and at what happened to Team Russia in North Dakota!

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Wasn’t That A Party!


Sergei Mozyakin (l.) and Danis Zaripov hoist the Gagarin Cup earlier today in Moscow.  That’s Vladislav Tretyak right behind Mozyakin, by the way. (Image Source)

And so another KHL season is in the books, and for the second time in three years the Gagarin Cup will spend its summer on the banks of the Ural River amid the forges and foundries of Magnitogorsk.  The record book will show that Metallurg Magnitogorsk defeated CSKA Moscow 3-1 in today’s winner-take-all Game 7, but there’s more to the story than just that.  Read on, as we look back at a fascinating end to one of the best Finals in living memory!

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Congratulations to HK Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Gagarin Cup Champions of the 2015-16 season!

More to come…