Category Archives: 2017-18
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…
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.
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.
Domestic Russian hockey spent most of this week handing out championship trophies in various leagues, and on Friday it was the turn of the VHL, the country’s second-tier men’s league. The Petrov Cup Final featured an all-St. Petersburg cast of teams, as Dynamo took on SKA-Neva. In today’s Game 6 of the Final, a close-fought 1-1 tie was broken late by Dynamo’s Dmitry Molodtsov, who scored to give his team a 2-1 victory and secure them the title by four games to two. Read on!
In Chelyabinsk earlier today, Team Russia’s quest for a medal at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship came to an end, courtesy of a 5-1 loss to the defending champion Americans in the quarterfinal. The score was a bit unfair, perhaps, to the Russian team, as there were some empty-net goals involved, but a loss it was. And with no placement games at the U18 Worlds, Team Russia’s tournament is over. Read on, for a look at the quarterfinal, and some thoughts.
We are through the group stage at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, held this year in the Russian cities of Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, and results have been very much a mixed bag for the host team. The quarterfinal awaits, so read on for a look back at the first round, and some thoughts on Team Russia’s performance.
Hardly a day goes by here at this time of year without a trophy being handed out, and today was no exception! And so we offer congratulations to Loko Yaroslavl, junior team of KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, who today captured the MHL’s Kharlamov Cup by beating SKA-1946 St. Petersburg to take the Final in six games.
Read on, for a very quick look at the Final in Russia’s top junior league!
For the first time ever, Agidel Ufa are champions of Russian women’s hockey! Agidel finished off a three-game sweep of arch-rivals Tornado Moscow Oblast in the Women’s Hockey Final today. The clinching game ended 4-1 in Agidel’s favour, with two goals off the stick of the illustrious Olga Sosina. A tremendous season for the team from Bashkortostan, and all congratulations to them!
Read on, for more on the Final and some other thoughts!
And just like that, Ak Bars Kazan are the 2017-18 Gagarin Champions, downing CSKA Moscow 1-0 today (Rob Klinkhammer the goalscorer) to pull off the upset Final win in five games and secure the title for the third time in the KHL era! Canadian Justin Azevedo became the first non-Russian player to be named the Playoff MVP, after he scored 9-15-24 in 18 post-season games and and topped the playoff points race by seven.
Read on, for a closer look at a remarkable Final series!
A few days ago we took a quick look at all the different Finals going on in Russian hockey this week, and some of that silverware that was under dispute has now been handed out! Read on, therefore, for some champions at the lower levels of pro and junior hockey, as well as a quick bonus update on some international hockey results from today.