Category Archives: History

Vladimir Petrov, 1947-2017


Vladimir Petrov. (Image Source)

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.

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Long Shots

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.

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Holiday Viewing, Happy 70th, And So On

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!

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Gennady Tsygurov, 1942-2016


Gennady Tsygurov is honoured in Tolyatti in late 2015, appropriately enough at a KHL game between Lada and Traktor Chelyabinsk.  (Image Source)

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…

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The Record


Sergei Mozyakin and Boris Mikhailov. (Image Source)

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!

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A Flying Start

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.

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: February 16th, 2016


1960s-era Soviet netminder Viktor Konovalenko (at right) was honoured this week in Nizhny Novogorod, and we have more on that below.  Here he is shown with his young protege, Vladislav Tretyak, in about 1970. (Image Source)

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…

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Hall of Fame

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!


1955-56: Perfection


Nikolai Puchkov, the superb 1950s-era goalie for both Red Army and the Soviet national team. (Image Source)

Time now for another look back at the early days of Soviet hockey, with the next in our series of posts about Soviet Championship seasons!  The 1954-55 campaign had seen Anatoly Tarasov’s CSK MO Moscow, the Red Army squad, win the ten-team league ahead of Krylya Sovetov Moscow and Dynamo Moscow.  And CSK MO could look forward to bringing most of that title-winning team, including the vital Mr. Puchkov, pictured above.  However, for 1955-56 they would also be faced with one crucial absence from lineup, which we will get to in a little while.  Could they repeat, or would one of their rivals take advantage and snatch the title away?  Read on!

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1954-55: Moscow


Red Army defend their goal through the ice fog during a mid-1950s match. Left to right: Ivan Tregubov, Viktor Shuvalov, Pavel Zhiburtovich, and goalie Nikolai Puchkov. (Image Source)

Time for another look back into the early history of Soviet hockey!  When last we checked in, Dynamo Moscow had pulled off a bit of an upset by taking the 1953-54 title ahead of Red Army’s massively stacked roster of superstars, and the Soviet national team had stunned Team Canada, and the hockey world, by winning the World Championship at their first try.  Would either of those feats be repeated in the 1954-55 season?  Read on to find out…

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