Category Archives: Junior Hockey

Junior Hockey Notes

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Krasnaya Armiya Moscow’s #99 Nikita O. Popugayev breaks through the MHK Dynamo Moscow defence (#95 Vladislav Kazamanov and #89 Dmitry Grishchenko) during Tuesday’s opening game of the 2018-19 MHL regular season.  (Image Source)

The 10th season of the MHL — the “Youth Hockey League, Russia’s highest men’s junior circuit — got underway today with Krasnaya Armiya Moscow defeating city rivals Dynamo 5-3.  Kranaya Armiya’s 19-year-old Yegor Filin, who tied for sixth in MHL points last season, was the big star of the day, scoring a goal and adding two assists in the victory.  Read on, for a few notes and thoughts on the 2018-19 MHL season!

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Women’s Hockey Update: August 28th, 2018

Agidel Ufa players and coaches receive their gold medals as 2017-18 Champions of Russia in a ceremony on Tuesday.

We have hockey games to talk about! Both Russian women’s national teams (Senior and Under-18) played their first tournaments of 2018-19 late last week, and, well, fortunes were mixed.  Read on, for full recaps of those tournaments, major transfer news from the Women’s Hockey League, a sneak preview of the teams that will take part in the amateur national championship, and some other notes!

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Women’s Hockey Update: August 20th, 2018

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Forward Valeriya Pavlova at work as the Russian women’s national team prepares for its first international tournament of 2018-19.  (Image Source)

Time — indeed, well past time — for an update on what has been happening in Russian women’s hockey this month!  We are within a few days of the first national team games of the new season, we have a Women’s Hockey League schedule to consider, and there are some other bits of news as well.  So read on!

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Russian Junior Hockey in 2018-19

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Loko Yaroslavl celebrate after winning the 2017-18 Kharlamov Cup.  (Image Source)

Pieces continue to fall into place for the 2018-19 Russian hockey season: today we got the official list of participants in the MHL, the country’s top (men’s) junior league.  While we still await the 2018-19 schedule, but that should now be along shortly.  So read on, for a quick update on the MHL and the second-tier junior NMHL.

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Twenty-Two Youngsters

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Forward Andrei Svechnikov, the second-overall pick at this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft. (Image Source)

NHL teams at this past weekend’s Entry Draft starting choosing Russian players early (with the second pick overall, in fact), and they didn’t stop.  When all was said and done, 20 young Russians had been selected — the most at an NHL draft since 2004 — along with two Belarusans.  Read on, for a thought or so on each of those 22 players.

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Links, and Many of Them!

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You will notice a new link on the bar at the top of this page!  It’s a project I’ve been poking at for some time, and finally got finished, namely a list of links to the websites and social media accounts of various Russian hockey entities (leagues, associations, and teams)!  Some notes:

  • Teams are mostly listed in the leagues in which they competed in 2017-18, but Lada, Ugra, and HK Tambov have been moved to the VHL table, as they are expected to compete in that league in 2018-19.  Other such changes will be made as we get official league rosters for next season.
  • Over the summer, I will also be adding the teams from the Asia League and the amateur League of Women’s Hockey, and perhaps some other things as well (major media sites and the like).
  • Links to websites are to the the “top-level” site for that team or organization, whatever language it may be in (usually but not always Russian).  Links to versions of the site in other languages are included.  Links to social media accounts are in the language indicated.
  • Sites and accounts that have not posted new material since December 31st, 2017, are not included.
  • I will be checking this and updating it regularly, but if you can fill any of the gaps on these tables, or spot any errors, please do let me know via the comments (here or at the page itself) or by e-mail (peterboriana@gmail.com).

This and That (Updated)

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Players and staff from the Ural State Mining University celebrate winning the 2017-18 championship of the Student Hockey League.  (Image Source)

I think we will take this evening to get caught up on a few things going on in the world of Russian hockey right now!  The past few days have seen some interesting coaching news in a couple of different leagues, as well as some tidings relating to the 2018-19 KHL goaltending picture (we were just talking about that, too!).  Read on, for those stories and a few others!

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Women’s Hockey Update: April 30th, 2018

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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

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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

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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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