Category Archives: International Hockey

Russia Wraps up Bronze at the U18 Worlds

Well, the main mission was accomplished; Russia’s medal drought at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, which extended back to 2011, came to an end today when the youngsters downed Sweden by a 3-0 score to take third place in the tournament in Slovakia.  Read on, for a recap of the medal round and some thoughts.

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The U18 Worlds Enter the Medal Round


Mark Rubinchik celebrates his OT winner versus the Czechs on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

The Group Stage at the 2017 Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Slovakia is over, and — despite a couple of bumpy moments in their opening games — the young Russians are through to the quarterfinals.  Read on, for a look back at Team Russia’s first four games, and a look ahead to what comes next.

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The Under-18 Men’s Worlds Get Underway


Goalie Maxim Zhukov and his team-mates prepare to face Sweden at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship today.  (Image Source)

The opening games of the Under-18 Men’s World Championship took place today, in the Slovakian towns of Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves, and Team Russia got off to a decent start.  Dire through the first two periods against Sweden, but trailing only 1-0, the young Russians rebounded with three goals in the final stanza to win 3-1.  Read on, for a look at the roster assembled by head coach Sergei Golubovich and his staff.

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A Step Back?


Alevtina Shtaryova watches as a Russian scoring chance is foiled by Germany’s Jennifer Harß during quarterfinal action on Tuesday. (Image Source)

Russia’s run at the 2017 Women’s World Championship in Michigan came to an end today, without a medal and a day earlier than was hoped-for.  What happened, and what can we take away from what must be considered a disappointing tournament?  Read on…

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To the Quarterfinals at the Women’s Worlds


Team Russia captain Olga Sosina in action today against Canada. (Image Source)

Hockey can be an insular, insulating, and insulated thing — and sometimes that is no bad thing — but events away from the rink do intrude on occasion, and so it was today.  It was, without doubt, a heavy-hearted group of Russian players that took the ice, black armbands prominent on their sweaters, to face Team Canada in their third Group A match at the 2017 Women’s World Championship in Michigan.  And I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my own condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the victims and their friends and families, and to the city of St. Petersburg, after the terrorist attack on the city’s metro earlier today.

Read on, for a recap of Team Russia’s group stage games at the Women’s Worlds.

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A Short, Pre-Worlds, Women’s Hockey Update


Team Russia at the 2017 Women’s Worlds.  (Image Source)

Here we are, literally on the eve of the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship!  And it will be a full tournament, the US team having sorted out its differences with USA Hockey and come away with a much more equitable deal than they had in place previously.  As for Team Russia, we took a look at their roster right here the other day, and I would invite to check out other previews of the squad here and here.  And read on, for some brief news of how the team’s preparations have gone since then, and an interesting Women’s Hockey League note!

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Russia at the 2017 Women’s Worlds


Forward Yekaterina Smolentseva, the last holdover from Russia’s first-ever Women’s Worlds team in 1997, at last week’s training camp for the 2017 tournament (and she did indeed make the final roster).  (Image Source)

The Russian national team’s final roster for the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship has been named!  In fact the team has departed from its training camp in Novogorsk, and is now in Plymouth, Michigan, going through final preparations for the tournament, which begins on Friday.  Read on, as we take a look at the players selected, and speculate a bit about how head coach Alexei Chistyakov may deploy them when the time comes.

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The Women’s Hockey League: A 2016-17 Recap


Olga Sosina and Anna Shokhina captained the East and West teams, respectively, at the Women’s Hockey League’s first-ever All-Star Game in January.  (Image Source)

Time for a look back at 2016-17 in Russia’s Women’s Hockey League!  If you have been following along here, you know by now who the champions were, but read on for a team-by-team look at how the season went.  And there will also be some general comments on the campaign as well.


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Guest Post: The KHL and the Champions Hockey League


KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko.  (Image Source)

Editor’s note: I am very happy to turn the blog over this evening to Tomáš Vorčák (@vorkywh24 on Twitter), who has some thoughts to share on the relationship between the KHL and the Champions Hockey League.  Tomáš is an excellent source of KHL news and information, and I hope that you find his words on the current state of pan-European hockey as interesting as I did.  Read on!

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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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