Category Archives: International Hockey

Wrapping Up the 2017 Worlds

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Russian players and staff pose after today’s bronze medal game win over Finland. (Image Source)

The 2017 edition of the IIHF Men’s World Championship came to an end today, as Sweden defeated Canada 2-1 in a shootout to win their tenth gold medal.  That was in Paris — a little ways north and east, in Köln, Germany, Team Russia was taking Finland for bronze, and to extend their medal streak at this tournament to four years.  How did it go?  You can check the caption of the picture above, but also read on for the whole story, and for some thoughts about Russia’s performance at the tournament in general.

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Women’s Hockey Update: May 19th, 2017

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The Oka River (left) meets the Volga at Nizhny Novgorod, which was announced today as the host city of the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship.  (Image Source)

Much news this week in Russian women’s hockey, starting with some very exciting tidings on the international hockey scene!  Read on, however, as we also have the conclusion to the amateur women’s hockey season in Russia, transfers news, and other such items (including an update on a kitten…).

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To the Medal Round at the Worlds!

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Russia’s head coach, Oleg Znarok, appeared in good humour as his team arrived in Paris today for Thursday’s Worlds quarterfinal.  (Image Source)

When last we checked in the Russian national team at the IIHF 2017 Men’s World Championship, coach Oleg Znarok had his squad at 3-0, but had lost — at least temporarily — the services of captain Sergei Mozyakin (German forwardPatrick Hager, who had injured Mozyakin, was given a two-game suspension for the incident).  So how have things gone for Team Russia since then?  Well, read on…

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The Worlds Three Games In

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Fans show their concern as Russian captain Sergei Mozyakin is helped off the ice after being injured against Germany on Monday.  More on that below.  (Image Source)

The first bit of good news is that it appears that Sergei Mozyakin will be alright, and may even be able to rejoin the festivities at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.  That happy prognosis looked unlikely earlier today, when the Team Russia captain lay on the ice in Köln’s Lanxess Arena, victim of a slew-foot, from German forward Patrick Hager, that was as cynical and horrendous as any you will see (Hager received a match penalty, and that call was not a difficult one for the referees).  Mozyakin left the ice only with considerable assistance, and was taken to hospital for observation; concussion was suspected, as the Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward had struck his head on the ice with some force due to Hager’s hit.  However, reports tonight are that Mozyakin was not concussed, and returned to Team Russia’s hotel in time for dinner with his team-mates.  We will see if he is in the lineup when Russia take on Denmark on Thursday.

The other piece of good news for Team Russia and its fans is that the record after three World Championship games stands at 3-0, even if one of those victories, coming via the shootout, earned two points rather than the hoped-for three.  Read on for a recap of the action so far, and some thoughts!

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Team Russia at the 2017 Men’s Worlds

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Team Russia prepares for the 2017 Worlds. (Image Source)

Friday marks the beginning of the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship, the tournament being jointly hosted this time around by France and Germany.  Russia is coming off a bronze-medal performance at home at last year’s Worlds, and last won gold in 2014 in Minsk.  Read on, for a look at the roster that will try to recreate that year’s success in 2017!

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Gold at the Euros!

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Team Russia players after receiving their gold medals at the Under-16 Girls’ Euros on Sunday.  (Image Source)

As we mentioned last time, this past weekend saw the first-ever Under-16 Girls’ European Championship, with Budapest, Hungary, as the inaugural host city.  Team Russia was in attendance, and… well, you can probably figure out from the picture above how it all went.  Read on, then, for a recap of Russia’s gold-medal campaign at the new tournament!

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Women’s Hockey Update: April 26th, 2017

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Defender Yelena Provorova scores Russia’s winner in the bronze-medal game at the 2017 U18 Women’s Worlds.  Provorova will captain her country’s first-ever U16 Girls’ team, starting tomorrow.  (Image Source)

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new era in international women’s hockey, with the opening the first IIHF-sanctioned national team tournament at the U16 Girls’ level!  Read on, for a look at Russia’s roster at that tournament, and some other notes as well.

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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

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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

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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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