Category Archives: International Hockey

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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Women’s Hockey Update: April 30th, 2018


Women’s Hockey League Cup champions Agidel Ufa meet with Republic of Bashkortostan Head Rustem Khamitov (centre).  (Image Source)

The dust has settled after last week’s conclusion to the Women’s Hockey League season, but there are still some things to talk about in this update!  Read on, for some official recognition for champions Agidel, for an overdue international hockey update, and other notes.

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Not What They Wanted


Russian U18 national team coach Alexander Zybin gives his young charges their marching orders during Thursday’s quarterfinal game against the U.S. (Image Source)

In Chelyabinsk earlier today, Team Russia’s quest for a medal at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship came to an end, courtesy of a 5-1 loss to the defending champion Americans in the quarterfinal.  The score was a bit unfair, perhaps, to the Russian team, as there were some empty-net goals involved, but a loss it was.  And with no placement games at the U18 Worlds, Team Russia’s tournament is over.  Read on, for a look at the quarterfinal, and some thoughts.

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A Bumpy Road at the U18 Worlds


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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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