Category Archives: International Hockey

The KHL & Other Leagues Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Shougang Arena, Beijing, home of the KHL’s Kunlun Red Star. (Image Source)

Much news this week about the outbreak of a coronavirus in China, particularly in the central province of Hubei. It is unclear yet how serious the outbreak is, and how worried we should all be, but the Chinese government has restricted travel to, from, and within the worst-hit areas. And the four Russian-based hockey leagues that include at least one Chinese team have also taken note of the situation, with one eye on the possible necessity of relocating some games. Read on, for a quick run-down of what steps the various the KHL, ZhHL, VHL, and MHL have taken so far, and what they might do if the coronavirus situation does not improve.

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Congratulations Are In Order…

Hugs all ’round for the Russian U16 boys’ team, after they won gold at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Switzerland earlier today. (Image Source)

I haven’t written anything about the Winter Youth Olympics taking place right now in Lausanne, Switzerland, but I do need to pause briefly here to tip the hat to the Russian U16 boys’ hockey team, which picked up the gold medal today! Team Russia defeated the U.S.A. 4-0 in the Final, on the strength of 15 saves from Metallurg Magnitogorsk prospect Sergei Ivanov and two goals plus an assist from Matvei Michkov of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl youth system. Michkov was also the top scorer in the boys’ tournament, scoring 14 points in four games, so we’ll definitely file his name away for future reference.

Sadly, there was no Russian girls’ team at this tournament — hopefully there will be at the next Winter Youth Olympics, in South Korea in 2024. The girls’ tournament in Lausanne was won, intriguingly, by the Japanese U16s, who defeated Sweden 4-1 in the Final.

Congratulations to the Team Russia boys and the Team Japan girls on their gold medals!

Encouraging Development

Russian forward Kristi Shashkina, who would go on to make a real name for herself during the 2019-20 U18 Women’s Worlds, battles Canada’s Maddi Wheeler in the tournament opener. (Image Source)

‘Tis the season for youth World Championships in hockey (one of the seasons for them, anyway — there will be more anon), and last week in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Russian Under-18 Women’s National Team wrapped up its 2019-20 Worlds. It was a successful outing, too, as the team collected Russia’s third bronze medal at the event — read on, for a little recap of the tournament!

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Well, That Was Exciting!

One of the more exciting World Juniors tournaments of recent years (seriously, a lot happened at this one) came to an end in suitably dramatic fashion today — congratulations to Team Canada, who picked up the gold medal via a 4-3 comeback win over Russia. In a couple of days, we’ll have a complete write-up of the tournament, as we get back to full-time blogging around these parts. Tomorrow, however, a look at the recently concluded U18 Women’s Worlds!

Team Russia at the 2019-20 U18 Women's Worlds

Russian U18 national-team players get their final instructions before facing Tornado Moscow Oblast of the Women’s Hockey League in the pre-Worlds game this past week. The young nats won the game as well, defeating their elders 4-2. (Image Source)

This week is a busy one in the hockey world — the World Juniors starts on Boxing Day, as does the venerable Spengler Cup. And this year, there’s a third treat in store this week, as the 2019-20 Under-18 Women’s World Championship gets going, also on Thursday. This year’s edition is in Bratislava, Slovakia, and is taking place a bit earlier than normal (usually it is an early January tournament). Alexander Syrtsov will make his U18 Worlds head-coaching debut it in this one; read on, as we consider the roster he and his staff has selected for the trip to Slovakia!

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The Russian Men's 'A' and 'B' Team Rosters This Week

SKA’s Yevgeni Ketov is captaining Russia at this year’s Channel One Cup. (Image Source)

Yesterday, we talked about the two Russian women’s national teams that are playing this week, and both got their tournaments off to winning starts today; the U18 women’s team defeated Slovakia 3-0 at their 4-Nations Tournament in Sweden, while the senior ‘B’ women’s squad overcame Norway 4-2 at a 6-Nations event in Sochi. And now we turn our attention to two more Russia national teams that started tournament play today, with a look at the rosters of the men’s senior ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. Read on!

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Two Russian WNTs Head into Action

The Russian senior ‘B’ women’s national team (in white) and the Under-18 squad got together for a training game earlier this month (the youngsters won it, too!). (Image Source)

For approximately the next month, international hockey will dominate the headlines, as tournaments like the, U18 Women’s World Championship, and World Juniors take place (not to mention the wonderful Spengler Cup tournament). And things are already starting up in that regard, so the next few days around here will be given over to a look at some Russian national-team rosters. Today, we start with a couple of teams in the women’s national program, as the U18s prepare for a four-nations pre-Worlds tournament in Sweden, and the senior national ‘B’ team gets set for a six-nations event on the Black Sea coast. Read on!

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Team Russia at the 2019 Karjala Cup

Nikita Soshnikov with a shot as Russia opened their 2019 Karjala Cup tournament schedulte earlier today. (Image Source)

The first leg of the senior men’s 2019 Euro Hockey Tour, the Karjala Cup, began today in Finland, Team Russia opening with a 4-3 loss to the hosts. It’s always interesting to see the rosters selected for this tournament, and this year’s edition is no exception — read on, as we take a peek at a Russian squad that has left some of its top players at home and given opportunities to some guys still looking to break through to the national team full-time.

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U20s on Tour

Forward Alexander Khovanov had a spectacular start to the 2019 Canada-Russia Series.  (Image Source)

We embark this week upon one of the busiest international periods of the hockey year outside of the actual World Championships. Late last week we talked about the Russian women’s national-team roster for their tournament, which starts tomorrow, and now we turn our attention to the under-20 men’s teams. “Teams,” plural? Yes, there are two such Russian national squads in action this week — read on, to find out what they’re up to, and who’s on their rosters!

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Women’s Five-Nations in Dmitrov Starts Next Week!

SK Sverdlovsk Oblast’s Nadezhda Volf (in white) battles Tornado’s Mariya Batalova (now with Agidel) during a 2018 game. Both are on the Russian national team roster for next week’s tournament in Dmitrov. (Image Source)

I wondered aloud, in our recent look at the SK Sverdlovsk Oblast of the Women’s Hockey League, how long it would be before young defender Nadezhda Volf, recently graduated from Russian U18 national program, got a look with the senior national team. Not long, as it turns out! Volf has been called to the senior squad for the Five-Nations tournament beginning next week in Dmitrov, just north of Moscow, and will look to make her senior international debut. Read on, for a quick look at the tournament itself, and at the rest of Team Russia’s roster!

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