Category Archives: 2017-18

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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Dynamo Take the Petrov Cup


Dynamo St. Petersburg hoist the Petrov Cup!  (Image Source)

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!


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Not What They Wanted


Russian U18 national team coach Alexander Zybin gives his young charges their marching orders during Thursday’s quarterfinal game against the U.S. (Image Source)

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.

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A Bumpy Road at the U18 Worlds


Team Russia prepares for a game at the 2018 Under-18 World Championship.  (Image Source)

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.

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Lokomotiv’s Youngsters Come Through


Loko Yaroslavl, 2017-18 Kharlamov Cup Champions!  (Image Source)

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!

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Agidel Ufa hoist the Women’s Hockey League Cup after Monday’s victory!  (Image Source)

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!

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Champions! (Updated)


Ak Bars Kazan Head Coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is feted by his players in the traditional manner after the team won its third Gagarin Cup on Sunday. (Image Source)

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!

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Finals Week Update


HK Tambov hoist the Federations Cup, championship trophy of Russia’s third-tier men’s professional league, on Wednesday.  (Image Source)

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.

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