Category Archives: International Hockey

Olympic Update: February 13th, 2018


Team captain Olga Sosina eyes a passing lane against Kali Flanagan of the U.S.A. during Group A Olympic action on Tuesday. (Image Source)

The Russian women’s hockey team at the 2018 Olympic Games played its second group game today, after dropping their opener 5-0 to Canada.  Read on, therefore, for a recap of today’s encounter with the Americans, along with some notes and quotes!

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The Russian Men’s Team at the Olympics


Left to right: Pavel Datsyuk, Oleg Znarok, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Sergei Mozyakin during the taking of the official Olympic team photo!  (Image Source)

With no game for the Russian women’s team today, and the men’s tournament set to start on Wednesday, this seems the perfect opportunity to leap in and take a close look at the lineup that Head Coach Oleg Znarok has put together for the Russian men’s side.  Of course, with the NHL sitting out these Games, the KHL was the top league to draw from when Olympic rosters were being drawn up.  And that means that it is Team Russia that enters the tournament as the overwhelming favourites.  So who has been entrusted with the task at hand, and can they do it?  Read on…

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Olympic Update: February 11th, 2018


The Russian bench looks on during Sunday’s Olympic opener against Canada. (Image Source)

The women’s Olympic hockey tournament is underway (it actually commenced on Saturday), and the Russian side saw its first official action of the Games today.  Read on, for a game recap, along with some notes and quotes!

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The Russian Women’s Team at the Olympics


The Russian women’s national team during pre-Olympic preparation in Khabarovsk in January. (Image Source)

So, after all the turmoil and tension of the past couple of months, the Russian women’s national team — playing as “The Olympic Athletes from Russia,” and I think I need not recap that whole story yet again — will begin its Olympic journey at the Kwandong Hockey Centre on Gangneung, South Korea, on Sunday.  The final roster choices have been made, the lines and pairings seem set, and it is at long last time to play.  Read on, for a look at the lineup!

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Women’s Hockey Update: February 1st, 2018



Russian women’s national team captain Olga Sosina with some young fans after a pre-Olympic warm-up game in Khabarovsk earlier this week.  (Image Source)

Time for another women’s hockey update!  We will get to Olga Sosina (above) and the national team’s Olympic preparations, but the big news of the week came today from the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, which recently heard the appeals of 39 Russian athletes convicted by the Oswald Commission of doping offences at the 2014 Games.  Among those 39 were eight members of the women’s hockey team from 2014: Inna Dyubanok, Yekaterina Smolentseva, Yekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Tatyana Burina, Anna Shchukina, Galina Skiba, and Yekaterina Lebedeva.  Read on, for what the court decided, and some other news notes as well!

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Viktor Shuvalov in his Own Words

As part of the ongoing celebration of the 70th anniversary of Soviet hockey, the Russian Hockey Federation has been publishing, on its website, brief vignettes on famous figures from the history of the sport in the country.  Above is the video posted this week containing some absolutely fascinating reminiscences by former national team forward Viktor Shuvalov.  Now 94, Shuvalov is the last surviving member of the World Champion Soviet team from 1954, as well as from the Olympic champions of 1956.  I have translated the text of Shuvalov’s remarks, so read on for his recollections of the Soviet national team in the 1950s and his team-mates, of the hard times of the 1990s, and of the saga of his Olympic gold medal.

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Olympians (Updated)


Gangneung Hockey Centre, one of two venues for the hockey tournaments at the upcoming Olympic Games.  (Image Source)

Ok, we have the men’s and women’s Russian Olympic rosters named (they’re below the jump)!  One bit of news regarding the latter; the situation with Lyudmila Belyakova has been sorted out between the FHR and IOC, and she is eligible to be chosen for the Games.  Read on! (and come back for updates through today — I will be adding notes and thoughts throughout the day).  If you have questions, do feel free to leave them in the comments.

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Olympic Doings


The Soviet national team celebrates winning gold at the their first Olympic hockey tournament, in 1954 at Cortina D’Ampezzo.  (Image Source)

Tomorrow is the day!  On January 25th, the Russian Hockey Federation will reveal the final rosters for the both the men’s and the women’s teams at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  However, due to the entire situation with the doping allegations from the 2014 Games in Sochi, this has been a more complicated run-up to the Games than normal.  As I am sure you have already heard, Russian athletes will compete officially as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” the country’s flag and anthem will be absent, and so on and so forth.  And there have been some added steps, and added intrigue, involved in selecting the country’s two hockey teams as well.  Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: January 17th, 2018


Women’s Hockey League action earlier this week between Tornado Moscow Oblast (in black) and SK Sverdlovsk Oblast. (Image Source)

With the Under-18 Women’s World Championship finished up, there was a bit of lull — though not a complete one — in the on-ice action this week.  However, that does mean that there was no news at all!  Read on, for recaps of a couple of re-scheduled Women’s Hockey League games, plus a transfer move involving a fairly big-name player.

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Wrapping Up the Under-18 Women’s Worlds


Russia’s Ilona Markova (in white) battles her opposite number, Alexie Guay of Canada, during the bronze medal match at the 2018 Women’s Under-18 World Championship. (Image Source)

The 2018 Women’s Under-18 World Championship came to an end on Saturday in Dmitrov, Russia, as the United States collected its fourth straight gold medal at the event with a 9-3 victory over Sweden.  Not that the Swedes need be embarrassed; the tournament saw them become the first non-North American team to make it to the gold medal game.  As we have mentioned here before, the tournament had earlier seen some history made by Team Russia, who became the first squad from outside North America to beat one of the continent’s two women’s hockey powerhouses.  However, in the end the Russian players may leave their home tournament (the first top-division women’s hockey Worlds held in Russia) with a sense of an opportunity missed, as they dropped the bronze medal match to Canada by a score of 5-1.  Read on, for a recap of how Russia’s tournament ended, and for some thoughts.

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