Category Archives: International Hockey

Russia at the World Juniors


Goalie Alexei Melnichuk of the VHL’s SKA-Neva St. Petersburg will be one of the three Russian netminders at the 2017-18 World Juniors.  (Image Source)

First of all, a very Merry Christmas to all celebrating today!  Secondly, the weekly women’s hockey update will be along tomorrow on Wednesday, with news of the upcoming Under-18 Worlds and other matters.  Tomorrow, however, will also see the opening faceoffs of the 2017-18 World Junior Championship, in Buffalo, New York, and that is the focus of tonight’s post.  Read on, for a look at the Russian roster!

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Women’s Hockey Update: December 18th, 2017


Valeriya Pavlova (#15) and Lyudmila Belyakova (#10) in action against Germany during a November, 2017, tournament.  Both players found the scoresheet for the national team this past week as well!  (Image Source)

It is Monday, so time for another update on Russian women’s hockey!  This time around, there is an international tournament to recap, along with some new developments in the on-going Olympic saga.  There are a couple of other bits and pieces, too, so read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: December 12th, 2017

An update this time around with really only one story: the Oswald Commission’s decision on the Russian women’s national team came down today.  Six players from the 2014 Olympic squad, of the seven under investigation, have been convicted of doping offenses at the 2014 Olympic Games, and have received life-time bans from the Olympic Games.  The six are: Inna Dyubanok, Yekaterina Lebedeva, Yekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Galina Skiba, and Yekaterina Smolentseva.  The seventh player in the group, Anna Shokhina, was cleared of any wrong-doing.  The Oswald Commission also annulled Team Russia’s sixth-place finish at the 2014 games.

Read on, for some thoughts and quotes.

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Olga Sosina Interview!

If you would like a bit of weekend reading, I invite you to check out my translation of an interview from this past week with Russian women’s national team and Agidel Ufa forward Olga Sosina.  The 25-year-old from Almetyevsk, in the Republic of Tatarstan, is for my money the best player in the Russian women’s program; there are certainly other serious contenders for that title, but few can match Sosina’s  combination of speed, strength, and skill (see video above).  She’s very good, is what I’m saying, and if you have been following the Russian women’s hockey coverage here for any length of time at all, you have doubtless seen mention of her.

Enjoy the interview — and my apologies for any errors or misunderstandings in the translation!

Women’s Hockey Update: December 4th, 2017


Arktik-Universitet Ukhta’s Fanuza Kadirova goes airborne to evade a couple of Biryusa Krasnoyarsk opponents during Women’s Hockey League action this weekend.  (Image Source)

On and off the ice, there have been noteworthy developments in Russian women’s hockey over the past seven days, and more than a few!  Read on, therefore, for expansion talk, the Oswald Commission and the national team, and whole lot of hockey games in various competitions…


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Women’s Hockey Update: November 20th, 2017

Highlights from one of this past week’s Women’s Hockey League games: a thriller between Agidel Ufa (in green) and Tornado Moscow Oblast!

A fairly large update this week, as in addition to some exciting goings-on on the ice, there was some significant off-ice tidings in a couple of areas — and not all of it is good  news.  There will be more of this in the coming week too, so read on…

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Guest Post: The KHL’s Strategic Plan, Revisited


The KHL Executive Board at work in May of 2017.  (Image Source)

With the KHL resuming action this week after the international break, I am pleased and grateful once again to turn the blog over to Tomáš Vorčák (@vorkywh24 on Twitter) for another guest post.  Tomáš has been keeping a close eye on developments with regards to the league’s new strategic plan, to which he himself introduced us back in May.  This post deals with some extra information coming out of Friday’s meeting of the KHL Executive Board.  Without further ado, read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: November 13th, 2017


Valeriya Pavlova made her return to the national team this past week after a season away, and it was clear how much she’d been missed!  (Image Source)

We’re back in business here this week with another women’s hockey update, and this one is mostly about the international scene.  Two Russian women’s national teams saw game action over the past few days, and — spoiler alert — it all went very well indeed.  Read on, for those stories and some other notes as well!

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 23rd, 2017


Lots of post-game smiling for the Russian women’s national team over the past ten days!  Here Galina Skiba (#55), goalie Mariya Sorokina, Yekaterina Nikolayeva (#76), and Anna Shokhina (#97) celebrate a win over the Boston Pride.  (Image Source)

In the autumn of 2016, the Russian women’s national team visited the United States to take on clubs from the NWHL, and came away at the end with a respectable 2-3 record.  This fall, the nats went back again, and let us just say that they improved somewhat upon that mark.  When we checked in last week, Team Russia had won their first two games of the series, so read on for recaps of the four that took place since then!


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Women’s Hockey Update: October 16th, 2017


Members of the Russian women’s national team pose before their game against the Metropolitan Riveters on Friday.  Note, in the back row, the presence of Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Yevgeny Kuznetsov, who had dropped by say hello.  (Image Source)

Yesterday we had a quick look at the Russian women’s national team roster for their current visit to the United States to take on NWHL opposition.  Today, we go into more depth on the team’s first couple of games in North America (and a very interesting start to the series it has been, too), and present you with the promised brief preview of the amateur women’s hockey season in Russia.  Read on…

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