Category Archives: International Hockey

On the Podium, But…

Team Russia after collecting their bronze medals on Sunday. (Image Source)

It has been a remarkable ending to the 2019 Men’s World Championship in Slovakia! Team Finland, with no full-time NHLers on its roster, made its way past Sweden, Russia, and then Canada in the medal-round to claim an astonishing gold medal in a tournament that nobody gave them a chance to win just a couple of weeks ago. However, for Team Russia, Finland’s semifinal victims, Sunday was a more subdued day — much was expected of the Russian side, but in the end the medals that they won were bronze. Read on, for a look back at Russia’s fortunes in the medal round, and some thoughts on their tournament as a whole.

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Miles Still to Go

Russia closes out the group stage of the 2019 Men’s World Championship with a massive second-period performance against Sweden.

We are through the group stage at the 2019 Men’s World Championship, and to this point Team Russia has fully met the high expectations incurred by their very strong roster. The preliminary games have seen few grounds for complaint (not none, mind you, but few), and it is no stretch to say that the Russians have been the best group on the ice in Slovakia over the past couple of weeks. However, all that means nothing now — the medal round and its knockout games await, and the hard work is still to be done. Read on, for a quick look back at the preliminary round, and a peek ahead to the quarterfinal.

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Team Russia at the 2019 World Championship (Updated)

NHL scoring champion Nikita Kucherov in action for Russia this past week. (Image Source)

We sit now less than two days from the opening of the last big on-ice event of the 2018-19 hockey season: the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship, to be held in the Slovakian cities of Bratislava and Košice. Team Russia will be based in the former city, the nation’s capital, for the group stage, and circumstances in the NHL have gifted them one of the strongest rosters, particularly at forward, that the country has enjoyed at any recent World Championship. Read on, for a look at the group that will seek to break Team Sweden’s two-year grip on the gold medal!

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Gold at the Euros, Again!

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Team Russia finished up a successful trip to the U16 Girls’ European Cup in Příbram, Czechia, yesterday, winning the gold medal 3-0 over defending champions Finland! For Russia, it is the second European Cup win in the tournament’s three-hear history; the Russian U16s also won the inaugural European Cup in 2017 before taking home the bronze medal in 2018. YOu can see the Russian roster for the 2019 tournament here, and read on for a recap of the competition itself!

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So Close!

The Russian U18 Men’s national team on its return to Moscow on Monday. (Image Source)

The 2019 IIHF Under-18 World Championship is done and in the history books! Sweden wrapped a first gold-medal finish at this tournament in front of their home fans, dealing a 4-3 overtime defeat to Team Russia in the Final. But while the Russian players and coaches did not get the ending they were looking for, the tournament in Sweden can hardly be classed as a failure. Read on, for a recap and some thoughts!

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Team Russia at the 2019 U16 Girls’ Euros

Russia’s Alina Ichayeva (#21) battles Ayaka Tomiuchi of Japan during Tuesday’s game at the 2019 U16 Girls’ European Cup. (Image Source)

The third edition of the Under-16 Girls’ European Cup competition is underway, in the Czech city of Příbram! Action got underway yesterday, with Russia playing their first match earlier today, against Japan. Team Russia won the gold medal at the inaugural U16 Girls’ Euros, in 2017 in Hungary, and they took bronze last season in Finland. Read on, for a look at the 2019 Russian roster!

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Team Russia at the 2019 U18 Men’s Worlds

Goalie Yaroslav Askarov, all intensity during a game for Russian Under-18 national team. (Image Source)

We do not get much of a break from World Championships at this time of year! With the Women’s Worlds barely in the rearview mirror, and the Men’s Worlds set to commence in early May, this week sees the opening of the 2019 Under-18 Men’s World Championship. The Swedish cities of Örnsköldsvik and Umeå are the venues for this year’s edition of the tournament; read on, for a look at a Russian team that will seek to overcome a very disappointing time in 2018!

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Controversy

Team Russia finished up their 2019 Women’s Worlds today dropping a 7-0 decision in the Bronze Medal Game to a fired-up Canadian side that had been stunned in the semifinal by Finland. The result places Russia fourth, matching their 2018 Olympics finish and improving slightly on their fifth-place finish at the 2017 Worlds. However, a return to the podium, last accomplished at the Worlds by 2016’s bronze-medal winners, seems a distant bell for the Russian women’s team at this moment, given lopsided losses to the Americans and Canadians at the 2019 tournament, as well as the emergence of Finland in recent years as a genuine power in women’s international hockey. Not that Russia’s 2019 Worlds was all bad, of course — we’ll have a full recap of their medal round, and some thoughts on the team in general, later on this week.

In the meantime, read on for a thought or two on what transpired in today’s Final between the U.S. and Finland…

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To the Quarterfinals at the Women’s Worlds

Russia’s Anna Shibanova (#70) battles Blayre Turnbull of Canada in front of goalie Anna Prugova during Monday’s World Championship encounter.  (Image Source)

The round-robin group stage at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship has come to an end, and the single-game knockout stage of the competition begins on Thursday. For Team Russia, it has been a mixed bag so far: a dramatic victory to open the tournament, but some forgettable moments in other games. Read on, for a recap plus a thought or two about the upcoming medal round!

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Team Russia at the 2019 Women’s Worlds

Team Russia, 2019 Women’s World Championship. (Image Source)

Thursday sees the opening of the marquee event of the 2019 women’s hockey season, with the first games of the Women’s World Championship in Espoo, Finland. Team Russia, of course, will be one of the ten teams there hunting for a medal, and below the jump is a fairly in-depth look at their roster and potential line combos and defence pairings. Unfortunately, and as you may have heard, there will be something of an elephant in the room at these Women’s Worlds; read on for some thoughts on that situation, and how it might or might not impact Russian women’s hockey, as well.

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