Category Archives: Junior Hockey

Two Russian WNTs Head into Action

The Russian senior ‘B’ women’s national team (in white) and the Under-18 squad got together for a training game earlier this month (the youngsters won it, too!). (Image Source)

For approximately the next month, international hockey will dominate the headlines, as tournaments like the, U18 Women’s World Championship, and World Juniors take place (not to mention the wonderful Spengler Cup tournament). And things are already starting up in that regard, so the next few days around here will be given over to a look at some Russian national-team rosters. Today, we start with a couple of teams in the women’s national program, as the U18s prepare for a four-nations pre-Worlds tournament in Sweden, and the senior national ‘B’ team gets set for a six-nations event on the Black Sea coast. Read on!

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U20s on Tour

Forward Alexander Khovanov had a spectacular start to the 2019 Canada-Russia Series.  (Image Source)

We embark this week upon one of the busiest international periods of the hockey year outside of the actual World Championships. Late last week we talked about the Russian women’s national-team roster for their tournament, which starts tomorrow, and now we turn our attention to the under-20 men’s teams. “Teams,” plural? Yes, there are two such Russian national squads in action this week — read on, to find out what they’re up to, and who’s on their rosters!

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Who’s Who in the MHL

A short video introducing the newly redesigned Kharlamov Cup, the championship trophy of the MHL.

We haven’t talked much about the MHL, Russia’s top-tier men’s junior league, since the summer, so perhaps a quick re-introduction to the league is in order (especially as we have been talking about junior-age players in the KHL recently). Unlike in North American hockey, Russian (and most European) junior teams are part of professional clubs, and for the MHL teams that generally means the KHL (the KHL, in fact, administers the junior league). However, not all MHL teams have a KHL parent; read on, as we take a look at the 2019-20 MHL team lineup, and a little bit of a who’s who in the league this season.

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Women’s Hockey Update: September 2nd, 2019

A tense moment in the Agidel Ufa goalmouth against KRS Vanke Rays Shenzhen during last month’s pre-season tournament in Beijing. (Image Source)

We’re into September, and the Women’s Hockey League season is fast approaching! However, before we get to that, and to the team previews for the coming campaign, there are some on-ice doings from August to get caught up on. So read further, as we look at the finishes to a couple of international tournaments, and quickly recap some pre-season club competitions.

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That Went Well!

At this time yesterday, it had been 24 years since the last time that Team Russia won the Hlinka Gretzky Cup* — seven years longer than any of the players on the current edition of the squad have been alive. But the wait is over for Russia at the summer’s most prestigious international hockey tournament. Coach Sergei Golubovich’s U18 Russian national team defeated Team Canada today in the Final, winning the Hlinka Gretzky Cup for the first time since 1995, and as you can see from the embedded tweet above, the players understood how much it meant. How did they do it, and who stood out in Slovakia and Czechia this past week? Read on…

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Women’s Hockey Update: August 7th, 2019

Dynamo St. Petersburg players out for a run as preparations for the 2019-20 Women’s Hockey League season continue. (Image Source)

This is short update, but the news is big news: we have a 2019-20 Women’s Hockey League Schedule! No particular surprises in it, but there are a few points of interest, and we’ll take a look at those below. And read on also for some details on an upcoming international women’s club tournament, and a look at how things went today for the Russian U18 women’s national team, who were in game action in Calgary!

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Team Russia at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Russian goalie Yaroslav Askarov will be one of the most-watched players at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. (Image Source)

The 2019-20 under-18 men’s international hockey season gets underway on Monday in Břeclav, Czechia, and Piešťany, Slovakia, with the opening games of the annual Hlinka Gretzky Cup! It’s a major tournament, and a famous one; although most of the eight teams will experiment with their rosters a bit as they being preparations for next spring’s U18 Worlds, the Hlinka Gretzky Cup also gives us what amounts to a first look at some players who will become household names before too much longer. Read on, for the Russian roster at this year’s event, and some notes on players to watch!

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2019-20 Schedules Released for the MHL and VHL

Loko Yaroslavl, 2018-19 Kharlamov Cup Champions in the MHL. (Image Source)

There is more and more detailed info about the 2019-20 hockey season in Russia coming our way all the time now, but today was particularly news-ful. We now have the 2019-20 schedule for the junior-age MHL and the revised calendar for the second-tier professional VHL. Read on, for some details on what each league will look like this coming season!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 24th, 2019 (Updated!)

A pleasant shade-break during dry-land training for Agidel Ufa players, as they prepare to defend their Women’s Hockey League championship in 2019-20. (Image Source)

Things are getting busier on the Russian women’s hockey scene, as the 2019-20 season approaches! In this update we have all kinds of news from the last ten days or so, including confirmation of the Women’s Hockey League team-list for this coming season, some players switching clubs, pre-season game news, and even a new logo in the league. Plus the U18 international season is getting underway; we have a Team Russia roster for some matches upcoming in a couple of weeks — read on!

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The KHL Footprint at the 2019 NHL Draft

As expected, SKA St. Petersburg’s Vasily Podkolzin was the first Russian player chosen in this year’s NHL Draft. (Image Source)

The 2019 NHL Draft was a spectacular one for players from what we might call the KHL’s footprint; 28 Russians were drafted, the most since 2003, along with two Belarusians and one Latvian player, and one of the 22 Finns selected came from the youth system of Jokerit Helsinki. That makes 32 players to write about, and I have indeed hammered out a short blurb about each of them as well as a thought or two on the draft itself. Read on…

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