Category Archives: Junior Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: September 18, 2017

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Dynamo St. Petersburg forward Yekaterina Smolina on the attack versus Tornado Moscow Oblast this past weekend.  (Image Source)

The 2017-18 Women’s Hockey league season got underway on Saturday, as champions Tornado Moscow Oblast hosted defending bronze-medalists Dynamo St. Petersburg in a pair of games in Dmitrov, and the results were… well, they were quite fascinating, actually. Read on, for a full recap of the weekend’s action, for some international hockey, and for looks at the 2017-18 possibilities of the four Women’s Hockey League teams that finished off the podium last season!

 

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Women’s Hockey Update: September 11th, 2017

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Agidel Ufa celebrate winning the 2017 Euro Women’s Hockey Challenge in August.  (Image Source)

By this time next week, we will have Women’s Hockey League regular season games to talk about!  And in preparation for that, this post will take a preview-ish sort of look at last season’s top three teams in the league: Tornado Moscow Oblast, Agidel Ufa, and Dynamo St. Petersburg.  We also have a little bit of international news, so read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: September 4th, 2017

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Statue in Astana, Kazakhstan, of Tomiris (or Tomyris), the sixth-century B.C. queen of the Massagetae, who dwelt in what is now Central Asia.  According to legend, Queen Tomiris defeated and killed the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great in battle.  And this week’s update features some interesting news about the women’s hockey team that now bears her name!  (Image Source)

We are just 12 days away from the opening of the 2017-18 Women’s Hockey League season; the full schedule was released a couple of weeks ago.  The new campaign opens on September 16th, when defending champions Tornado Moscow Oblast host Dynamo St. Petersburg; the latter team finished third in 2016-17, and very definitely has some title aspirations this time around.

The seven teams in the league will play 24 regular-season games this time, down — due primarily to the Olympics — from the 36 of last season.  However, 2017-18 will also see the first-ever playoffs in the Women’s Hockey League!  The top four teams will make the post-season and contest the championship, with that all starting in early April of 2018.

Read on, for some other news and notes from the last month or so in Russian women’s hockey!

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Decision Day

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The KHL prepares for the 2016-17 Awards Ceremony.  Before that, however, there was momentous news from the league itself…  (Image Source)

It might be necessary to make some unpopular decisions,” said KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko yesterday, after a meeting of the Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport.  Today, the league’s own Board of Directors met, and some thunderous decisions were indeed made — popular or unpopular, depending on one’s point of view.  Read on, for a quick and preliminary look at those, and also some news of the KHL’s annual awards ceremony, which also happened today!

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Russia Wraps up Bronze at the U18 Worlds

Well, the main mission was accomplished; Russia’s medal drought at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, which extended back to 2011, came to an end today when the youngsters downed Sweden by a 3-0 score to take third place in the tournament in Slovakia.  Read on, for a recap of the medal round and some thoughts.

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Krasnaya Armiya Take the Kharlamov Cup

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Krasnaya Armiya Moscow celebrate after winning the Kharlamov Cup on Saturday.  (Image Source)

The 2016-17 season is in the history books in Russia’s top junior league; Krasnaya Armiya Moscow, junior side of CSKA Moscow, defeated Reaktor Nizhnekamsk today to complete a four-game sweep of the Kharlamov Cup Final.  Read on, for some thoughts!

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The U18 Worlds Enter the Medal Round

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Mark Rubinchik celebrates his OT winner versus the Czechs on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

The Group Stage at the 2017 Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Slovakia is over, and — despite a couple of bumpy moments in their opening games — the young Russians are through to the quarterfinals.  Read on, for a look back at Team Russia’s first four games, and a look ahead to what comes next.

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More Finals!

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Dynamo Balashikha celebrate their 2017 Bratina Cup championship on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

The KHL may have wrapped up its action for 2016-17, with SKA St. Petersburg the Gagarin Cup champions, but there are still games being played in some Russian domestic leagues.  We noted yesterday that HK Rostok had won the country’s third-tier professional men’s championship; today, the second-level VHL wrapped up its title race, so read on for a recap of that result, and some other notes as well!

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The Under-18 Men’s Worlds Get Underway

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Goalie Maxim Zhukov and his team-mates prepare to face Sweden at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship today.  (Image Source)

The opening games of the Under-18 Men’s World Championship took place today, in the Slovakian towns of Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves, and Team Russia got off to a decent start.  Dire through the first two periods against Sweden, but trailing only 1-0, the young Russians rebounded with three goals in the final stanza to win 3-1.  Read on, for a look at the roster assembled by head coach Sergei Golubovich and his staff.

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All Square Through Two

So now it is a best-of-five!  Honours were shared equally through the first two games of the Gagarin Cup Final; SKA St. Petersburg and Metallurg Magnitogorsk have a victory apiece as the series moves back to the former’s home on the bank of the Okkervil River.  Read on, for a recap of those fascinating first two games, and a very quick look at playoff developments in a couple of other leagues!

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