Category Archives: International Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: August 28th, 2018

Agidel Ufa players and coaches receive their gold medals as 2017-18 Champions of Russia in a ceremony on Tuesday.

We have hockey games to talk about! Both Russian women’s national teams (Senior and Under-18) played their first tournaments of 2018-19 late last week, and, well, fortunes were mixed.  Read on, for full recaps of those tournaments, major transfer news from the Women’s Hockey League, a sneak preview of the teams that will take part in the amateur national championship, and some other notes!

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Women’s Hockey Update: August 20th, 2018


Forward Valeriya Pavlova at work as the Russian women’s national team prepares for its first international tournament of 2018-19.  (Image Source)

Time — indeed, well past time — for an update on what has been happening in Russian women’s hockey this month!  We are within a few days of the first national team games of the new season, we have a Women’s Hockey League schedule to consider, and there are some other bits of news as well.  So read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 17th, 2018


Forward Darya Teryoshkina in action for the University of Maine in the NCAA last season.  The 20-year-old from Chelyabinsk has caught the eye of the Russian team selectors this summer — more on that below!  (Image Source)

As the new season nears (indications are that the Women’s Hockey League season will begin on September 9th), the pace of news in Russian women’s hockey is also picking up.  And there have been some heavy tidings in the first part of July, including: a Women’s Hockey League team on the move, an unpleasant situation at the league’s defending champions, some players coming and going, and a first look at some of the prospective Russian national-teamers in 2018-19.  Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: June 27th, 2018


The Russian women’s team celebrates gold at the World Ball Hockey Championship in Dmitrov last week.  There were some very familiar names on that Russian roster, too!  (Image Source)

It has been a little while since our last Women’s Hockey update here, for the simple reason that with the off-season lull in full effect, there simply has not been much news (beyond Olga Sosina deservedly winning the Women’s Hockey League Most Outstanding Player awared).  However, with the 2018-19 season drawing ever closer, stirrings have begun once again; read on, for a big signing, some re-signings, and some actual hockey, although not of the usual sort!

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Links, and Many of Them!


You will notice a new link on the bar at the top of this page!  It’s a project I’ve been poking at for some time, and finally got finished, namely a list of links to the websites and social media accounts of various Russian hockey entities (leagues, associations, and teams)!  Some notes:

  • Teams are mostly listed in the leagues in which they competed in 2017-18, but Lada, Ugra, and HK Tambov have been moved to the VHL table, as they are expected to compete in that league in 2018-19.  Other such changes will be made as we get official league rosters for next season.
  • Over the summer, I will also be adding the teams from the Asia League and the amateur League of Women’s Hockey, and perhaps some other things as well (major media sites and the like).
  • Links to websites are to the the “top-level” site for that team or organization, whatever language it may be in (usually but not always Russian).  Links to versions of the site in other languages are included.  Links to social media accounts are in the language indicated.
  • Sites and accounts that have not posted new material since December 31st, 2017, are not included.
  • I will be checking this and updating it regularly, but if you can fill any of the gaps on these tables, or spot any errors, please do let me know via the comments (here or at the page itself) or by e-mail (

This and That (Updated)


Players and staff from the Ural State Mining University celebrate winning the 2017-18 championship of the Student Hockey League.  (Image Source)

I think we will take this evening to get caught up on a few things going on in the world of Russian hockey right now!  The past few days have seen some interesting coaching news in a couple of different leagues, as well as some tidings relating to the 2018-19 KHL goaltending picture (we were just talking about that, too!).  Read on, for those stories and a few others!

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Wrapping Up Team Russia’s Worlds


Russian national team Head Coach Ilya Vorobyov at work during the World Championship quarterfinal game against Canada. (Image Source)

The 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship came to an end yesterday in Denmark, as Team Sweden collected their second straight gold medal via a surprisingly difficult 3-2 shootout victory over a pesky Swiss side.  Earlier, the Americans had claimed the bronze medal, defeating Canada 4-1.  But what of Russia?  Ilya Vorobyov’s side were already spectators by the time the medal-deciding games came around; read on, as we discuss what happened and what to make of the 2018 Worlds.

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Rivalry Day at the Worlds


Russian goalie Igor Shestyorkin turns away Slovakia’s Tomáš Jurčo during Monday’s group-stage game at the World Championship in Denmark.  (Image Source)

It’s “cards on the table” time for teams at the World Championship in Denmark, or at least for the eight that have advanced to the knockout round.  The quarterfinal games will be played on Thursday, and, as we talked about here last time, Team Russia will be among the contestants.  Read on, for a look at how their group stage wrapped up, and what might be in store for tomorrow.

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Steady On at the Worlds


Defenceman Nikita Nesterov (#89) celebrates with the Team Russia bench after a goal at the 2018 World Championship. (Image Source)

Many apologies for the prolonged absence!  I stepped away from the blog last week to finish off a couple of other things, but it’s back to regular service now.  And we resume operations by checking in with the World Championship in Denmark, where Team Russia, with a new face behind the bench,  currently sports a 4-1 record in the round-robin stage.  How did they get there?  Read on…

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Team Russia at the 2018 Worlds (Updated)


The Royal Arena in Copenhagen, site of Russia’s group-stage games at the 2018 World Championship.  (Image Source)

The Russian men’s national team will take to the ice tomorrow in its first major tournament since capturing gold at the Olympic Games in February, as the 2018 IIHF World Championship begins in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.  There are some familiar faces to be found on the roster, as well as some newcomers, and none of the latter will be more important than the new behind the Russian bench.  Read on, as we take a very brief look at the Russian roster, and discuss the beginning of the Ilya Vorobyov era.

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