Category Archives: International Hockey

A Bumpy Road at the U18 Worlds

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Team Russia prepares for a game at the 2018 Under-18 World Championship.  (Image Source)

We are through the group stage at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, held this year in the Russian cities of Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, and results have been very much a mixed bag for the host team.  The quarterfinal awaits, so read on for a look back at the first round, and some thoughts on Team Russia’s performance.

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Finals Week Update

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HK Tambov hoist the Federations Cup, championship trophy of Russia’s third-tier men’s professional league, on Wednesday.  (Image Source)

A few days ago we took a quick look at all the different Finals going on in Russian hockey this week, and some of that silverware that was under dispute has now been handed out!  Read on, therefore, for some champions at the lower levels of pro and junior hockey, as well as a quick bonus update on some international hockey results from today.

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Russia at the U18 Men’s Worlds (Updated)

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Russian U18 national team goalie Amir Miftakhov makes a spectacular save during an exhibition game against Sweden this past week.  (Image Source)

Thursday will see the opening the IIHF’s 2018 Men’s Under-18 World Championship, and this year it is being held in Russia, in the neighbouring cities of Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk just east of the Ural Mountains.  The Russian team has been preparing for the tournament for the past couple of weeks, and we are starting to get some ideas about the line combinations and defence pairings.  So read on for analysis of that (and also for some talk about an unfortunate situation involving the player who was expected to be Russia’s star at this tournament).

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Women’s Hockey Update: April 16th, 2018

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Olga Sosina looking very focused during Agidel Ufa’s first-round playoff series against SKIF Nizhny Novgorod. (Image Source)

So what do we have to discuss in this update?  Major things, including the first round of the first-ever Women’s Hockey League playoffs, the first-ever championship tournament in Russia’s amateur Under-18 league, and beginning of the second edition of the Women’s Under-16 European Cup.  So read on!

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Finals Week, and Other Notes

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Newly-appointed Russian men’s national team coach Ilya Vorobyov. (Image Source)

This is a bit of a “tidying-up” sort of post; it includes updates on all of the various league Finals going on or starting this week, as well as some news from the FHR and previews of imminent international hockey attractions.  So read on, as we go all over the place!

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Olympic Update: February 25th, 2017

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Russian players celebrate Kirill Kaprizov’s overtime gold-medal-winning goal.  (Image Source)

Well, that was a classic, wasn’t it!  The Russian and German teams came together in Sunday’s gold medal game at the 2018 Olympics, and by the time it was done, nails had been bitten, hairs had turned gray, and nerves had frayed and frayed again.  Anyone who still felt that the men’s hockey tournament at these Games would lack intrigue, interest, or drama in the absence of the NHL stars must surely, surely, have finally changed their mind after that one.  It was a tremendous game, so read on for a recap, and a quick look at the question of what comes next.

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Olympic Update: February 24th, 2018

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Russian men’s team Head Coach Oleg Znarok keeps an eye on his players during their last pre-gold-medal-game practice in South Korea.  (Image Source)

We are not far from the gold medal game of the men’s 2018 Olympic hockey tournament, and the Russian team is indeed involved, as I’m sure you know.  What follows here is by way of a quick catch-up post to bring everybody up to date on how we got to this point, and we will also take a very short look back at the end of the Russian women’s team’s tournament in the bronze medal game against Finland last week.  Read on…

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Olympic Update: February 19th, 2018

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Valeriya Tarkanova gets her blocker to a Canadian shot during Monday’s Olympic semifinal, while Melodie Daoust lurks in the vicinity.  (Image Source)

On Monday, for the first time ever, the Russian women’s national team played an Olympic hockey semi-final, with the powerhouse Canadian side as the opponent.  These two teams have already met, of course, in the group stage at the 2018 Games, and on that occasion Canada emerged with a 5-0 victory and a 48-18 shot advantage.  So it was going to be very hard sledding indeed for the Russian side.  How did it go?  Read on…

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Olympic Update: February 17th, 2018

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Viktoriya Kulishova (#73, seated) celebrates with team-mates after her goal in the Olympic quarterfinal against Switzerland.  It was a vital tally, and in a massive game.  (Image Source)

Saturday was a busy day for the Russian hockey teams in South Korea; for the first time at the 2018 Games, both the men’s and women’s sides were in action on the same day.  And for both it turned out to be a very pleasant Saturday indeed!  Read on, therefore, for a couple of match recaps and some associated notes and quotes.

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Olympic Update: February 16th, 2018

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Kirill Kaprizov (#77) celebrates a goal with line-mates Nikita Gusev and Pavel Datsyuk (#13) during Friday’s game against Slovenia.  And it was the only such celebration… (Image Source)

The Russian men’s team headed into their second round-robin game on Friday with an unexpected 0-1 record, having dropped their opener 3-2 to Slovakia.  Next on the schedule was Slovenia, and… well, the ship got itself righted in a fairly big way!  Read on, for a recap of that game, and a quick note on the women’s team’s quarterfinal against Switzerland, which is now over.  A full recap of that game will be along here on Saturday.

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