Category Archives: International Hockey

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.


Read the rest of this entry

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!

Read the rest of this entry

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.

Read the rest of this entry

Women’s Hockey Update: Feb. 14, 2017


Gold medalists returning home!  (Image Source)

More international hockey on tap in this update!  While the victorious Universiade national teams were returning home, a women’s tournament in Finland was getting underway with Russian respresentation.  A full update on how that went is ahead, along with some quick previews of upcoming league action and a note from North America.  Read on!

Read the rest of this entry

Women’s Hockey Update: February 6th, 2017

In this update, we’re off to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where the 2017 Winter Universiade has been taking place.  The Russian women’s hockey team won gold at this competition in Spain in 2015, and so were on a quest for a repeat.  The above highlight video from today’s women’s final will tell you whether they succeeded, and you can read on for a longer look at how things went!

Read the rest of this entry

Women’s Hockey Update: Jan. 26th, 2017


Olga Sosina and Anna Shokhina shake hands before the opening faceoff of the Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game last Thursday in Ufa.  (Image Source)

Lots to discuss in this one, as we touch on All-Star festivities of various types, a few games in the Women’s Hockey League, and some upcoming international play!  So read on…


Read the rest of this entry

Podium! Russia Takes Bronze at the U18 Women’s Worlds


The Russian players and coaches celebrate after the bronze medal game.  (Image Source)

Another year of the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship is now behind us, and for the third straight tournament it was the United States who claimed gold, this time via a 3-1 victory over Canada in the final in the Czech Republic.  As for Team Russia, they did just fine as well, taking home their second bronze medal in three years.  When we checked in with the tournament last week, the group stage had just wrapped up, with Russia third in Group A; read on, to for a recap of the medal round and some post-tournament thoughts!

Read the rest of this entry

To the Quarterfinals: The U18 Women’s Worlds


Valeriya Merkusheva has been the key to Russia’s success at the 2017 U18 Women’s Worlds so far.  (Image Source)

We are through the group stage at the Under-18 Women’s World Championship, and Russia enters the quarterfinal round with a record of one win and two losses — an acceptable mark given the opposition.  Read on, as we take a closer look at what has transpired so far!

Read the rest of this entry

World Junior Thoughts


Denis Guryanov scores against Sweden to secure the bronze medal for Team Russia. (Image Source)

The 2017 World Junior Championship is a few days in the past now — time enough to have digested matters and come up with some thoughts.  The United States prevailed in the end, winning a truly fantastic gold medal game 5-4 in a shootout over Team Canada.  As for Russia, coach Valery Bragin’s youngsters could console themselves with the bronze medal after overcoming an excellent Swedish team in the third-place game.  Read on, for some thoughts and comments on Team Russia’s tournament as a whole.

Read the rest of this entry

Russia at the 2017 U18 Women’s Worlds


The Russian entry for the 2017 Under-18 Women’s Words.  (Image Source)

Hardly has one international youth hockey tournament come to an end (some thoughts on Russia’s bronze medal campaign at the 2016-17 World Juniors will be along tomorrow) when another begins: the Under-18 Women’s World Championship gets underway tomorrow in the Czech Republic.  Team Russia is coming off a fourth-place finish in 2016, having lost 2-1 to Sweden in the bronze medal game.  What does 2017 have in store?  Read on!

Read the rest of this entry