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We will remember…
KHL arenas were dark on Thursday, as always on September 7th, in observance of the anniversary of the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster. The crash of Yak-Service flight 9633, carrying the team to Minsk to face Dinamo in their opening game of the 2011-12 KHL season, killed all 26 players on board, all 11 members of Lokomotiv’s coaching and training staff, and seven out of eight members of the flight crew.
Players: Vitaly Anikeyenko, Mikhail Balandin, Alexander Galimov, Gennady Churilov, Pavol Demitra, Robert Dietrich, Marat Kalimulin, Alexander Kalyanin, Andrei Kiryuhin, Nikita Klyukin, Stefan Liv, Jan Marek, Sergei Ostapchuk, Karel Rachůnek, Ruslan Salei, Maxim Shuvalov, Kārlis Skrastiņš, Pavel Snurnytsin, Daniil Sobchenko, Ivan Tkachenko, Pavel Trakhanov, Yury Urychev, Josef Vašíček, Alexander Vasyunov, Alexander Vyukhin, Artem Yarchuk.
Coaches: Alexander Karpovtsev, Igor Korolyov, Nikolai Krivonosov, Brad McCrimmon.
Staff: Yury Bakhvalov, Alexander Belyaev, Evgeny Kunnov, Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Vladimir Piskunov, Evgeny Sidorov. Andrei Zimin.
Airplane crew: Nadezhda Maksumova, Vladimir Matyushkin, Elena Sarmatova, Elena Shalina, Andrei Solomentsev, Igor Zhevelov, Sergei Zhuravlev.
The memory of the disaster remains a very painful one, for the hockey fans of Yaroslavl especially but also throughout the hockey world, as witness the large numbers of tributes and remembrances that appear every year at this time. But there is another story to be told here, because Lokomotiv came back. Although it would be a full year before the team, rebuilt basically from scratch, next appeared in a KHL game, the club’s junior side continued to play in the MHL, and midway through that 2011-12 season Lokomotiv iced a professional hockey side once again. Read on, for the story Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the VHL.
It has been far too long since the last entry in this series (a year and half, I see)! When last we checked in, we looked at the 1955-56 season, won by the Central Red Army team, CSK MO Moscow (now CSKA), on the strength of a perfect 28-0 record. Could anyone unseat the two-time defending champions? Read on…
Russian hockey, and indeed the world of hockey in general, was in mourning today after hearing of the death in a Moscow hospital of Vladimir Petrov. Petrov, 69 years old, was an all-time hockey great, a member of one of the sport’s most famous forward lines through the 1970s. Read on, as we take a look back at his life and career.
It is, as the old cliché goes, the goalie’s worst nightmare (one of them, anyway) and it came to visit Mikhail Biryukov of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday evening. With his team in overtime, looking to level their first-round playoff series against Dynamo Moscow at a game apiece, Biryukov utterly failed to deal with a shot by opposing defenseman Andrei Kuteikin — a shot that was unleashed from the far-off realm of centre ice. It was a Bad Goal, one that the more unimaginative hockey commentators will name “One The Goalie Would Like To Have Back.” Worse, it gave Dynamo a 3-2 victory in the game, and a 2-0 lead in the series. Read on, as we travel down memory lane and discover that it was not the first time a Dynamo Moscow rearguard has scored a vital goal in a big game from a different time-zone.
Hello! We’re on a bit of a holiday hiatus here, with full posting to resume in early January. In the meantime, however, we have a bit of an update below the jump, so read on!
Gennady Tsygurov, who passed away today of cancer at the age of 74, was not as well-known as some of his Soviet and Russian hockey coaching colleagues, at least not to fans outside his home country. Nonetheless, his was a career that deserves some recognition, especially as his coaching resume includes one major feat not accomplished by anyone before him. Read on…
In the end, we had to wait a bit. Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Sergei Mozyakin scored goal number 427 of his illustrious career on August 27th, putting him just one behind Boris Mikhailov for the most all-time in Soviet or Russian top-level domestic hockey. That was Mozyakin’s third goal in three games to start the season, and so it seemed certain that the record-tying and -breaking tallies would arrive quite promptly. But perhaps the pressure took its toll; it would be four full games and most of a fifth before Mozyakin equaled Mikhailov with a beautiful shot off a clever assist against Jokerit Helsinki on September 10th. Three days later, at home against Dinamo Minsk, the record fell. Read on, as we take a look at the historic marker!
Kunlun Red Star Beijing visited Amur Khabarovsk today to play their first regular season game. When all was said and done, the KHL’s new Chinese team had its first regular season win, too — and in dramatic fashion! Read on, for a quick look at the game and for some historical context.
Time for another set of news notes! This week, we’ll get caught up on international play, including a discussion of the interesting prospect I mentioned yesterday. And we’ll also check in with the last week of KHL regular season action, some upcoming big games in the women’s league, and other things of that nature! Read on…
Full news notes will be along tomorrow evening, but until then, I leave you with the above photo of Mr. Sergei Viktorovich Fedorov, who — also tomorrow — will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. A worthy honour, too, for a guy who played over 1500 top-level games between the Soviet Championship, the NHL, and the KHL, and scored more than 1300 points. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Fedorov: he played in the NHL both as a forward and as a defenseman, and was excellent at both!
Fedorov will join Pavel Bure, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Valery Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretyak, and Anatoly Tarasov on the roster of Soviet and Russian inductees to the Hall of Fame. It’s a short list, and I don’t say anything too radical when I suggest that there are a number of other names that should be on it. And so, in the coming days here at the blog, we’ll start to look at those candidates, one by one, and consider their pros and cons in terms of qualifications for a Hall of Fame plaque. And I will be looking for your input on it as well, dear readers!
As mentioned, news notes tomorrow — they will be full of international hockey this time!