Category Archives: 2017-18

This and That (Updated)


Players and staff from the Ural State Mining University celebrate winning the 2017-18 championship of the Student Hockey League.  (Image Source)

I think we will take this evening to get caught up on a few things going on in the world of Russian hockey right now!  The past few days have seen some interesting coaching news in a couple of different leagues, as well as some tidings relating to the 2018-19 KHL goaltending picture (we were just talking about that, too!).  Read on, for those stories and a few others!

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KHL Goaltending Last Season and Next: The East Conference


2017-18 KHL Goalie of the Year Pavel Francouz waves farewell to the Traktor Chelyabinsk faithful after the team’s elimination in the East Conference Final.  (Image Source)

On Tuesday, we took a rough look at how the goaltending and defences shaped up in 2017-18 in the KHL’s West Conference, with the aid of a couple of interesting (well, I think so) graphs.  Time, then, for the East Conference, so read on — I have re-posted the graphs, and provided a little write-up on each Eastern team.  And we will find among the other things the answer as to how Traktor Chelyabinsk got as far as they did!

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Season’s End


Pavel Datsyuk (at right) won a special “lifetime achievement” sort of award, presented by IIHF President René Fasel at Wednesday’s KHL Awards Ceremony.  Full details of the unprecedented reason for the award are below!  (Image Source)

A big day in the KHL today, as the league’s Board of Directors met to discuss the season just finished, and look ahead to 2018-19.  And not only that — the BoD meeting was followed by the traditional Awards Ceremony that formally closed the 2017-18 KHL season.  Read on, for quick write-ups of both events!

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KHL Goaltending Last Season and Next: The West Conference (Updated)


Ilya Sorokin takes to the ice for CSKA Moscow. (Image Source)

Time to take a look back at the 2017-18 KHL season, and in particularly at what the goalies and defences of the league’s teams got up to!  Which defence groups were being bailed out by their goalies, and which blueliners were doing the bailing?  Today we start with the West Conference clubs, and we will also be glancing ahead to 2018-19, and the netminding tandems that are taking shape amongst the various teams.  Read on, for there will be charts and the like…


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Wrapping Up Team Russia’s Worlds


Russian national team Head Coach Ilya Vorobyov at work during the World Championship quarterfinal game against Canada. (Image Source)

The 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship came to an end yesterday in Denmark, as Team Sweden collected their second straight gold medal via a surprisingly difficult 3-2 shootout victory over a pesky Swiss side.  Earlier, the Americans had claimed the bronze medal, defeating Canada 4-1.  But what of Russia?  Ilya Vorobyov’s side were already spectators by the time the medal-deciding games came around; read on, as we discuss what happened and what to make of the 2018 Worlds.

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Rivalry Day at the Worlds


Russian goalie Igor Shestyorkin turns away Slovakia’s Tomáš Jurčo during Monday’s group-stage game at the World Championship in Denmark.  (Image Source)

It’s “cards on the table” time for teams at the World Championship in Denmark, or at least for the eight that have advanced to the knockout round.  The quarterfinal games will be played on Thursday, and, as we talked about here last time, Team Russia will be among the contestants.  Read on, for a look at how their group stage wrapped up, and what might be in store for tomorrow.

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Women’s Hockey Update: May 15th, 2018


The players of Grad-1 Moscow celebrate winning the team’s third straight amateur national title!  (Image Source)

The on-ice portion of the 2017-18 Russian women’s hockey season wrapped up over the past couple of weeks with a couple of tournaments, and at the same time preparations for 2018-19 began in the Women’s Hockey League.  Read on, for the crowning of the amateur national champions, and some other bits of news as well!

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Steady On at the Worlds


Defenceman Nikita Nesterov (#89) celebrates with the Team Russia bench after a goal at the 2018 World Championship. (Image Source)

Many apologies for the prolonged absence!  I stepped away from the blog last week to finish off a couple of other things, but it’s back to regular service now.  And we resume operations by checking in with the World Championship in Denmark, where Team Russia, with a new face behind the bench,  currently sports a 4-1 record in the round-robin stage.  How did they get there?  Read on…

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Team Russia at the 2018 Worlds (Updated)


The Royal Arena in Copenhagen, site of Russia’s group-stage games at the 2018 World Championship.  (Image Source)

The Russian men’s national team will take to the ice tomorrow in its first major tournament since capturing gold at the Olympic Games in February, as the 2018 IIHF World Championship begins in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.  There are some familiar faces to be found on the roster, as well as some newcomers, and none of the latter will be more important than the new behind the Russian bench.  Read on, as we take a very brief look at the Russian roster, and discuss the beginning of the Ilya Vorobyov era.

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Women’s Hockey Update: April 30th, 2018


Women’s Hockey League Cup champions Agidel Ufa meet with Republic of Bashkortostan Head Rustem Khamitov (centre).  (Image Source)

The dust has settled after last week’s conclusion to the Women’s Hockey League season, but there are still some things to talk about in this update!  Read on, for some official recognition for champions Agidel, for an overdue international hockey update, and other notes.

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