Category Archives: Junior Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: February 6th, 2019

Agidel Ufa (in white) and Dynamo St. Petersburg have both booked their tickets to the Women’s Hockey League’s post-season. But what of the rest of the league? (Image Source)

The 2018-19 Russian Women’s Hockey league regular season is heading into its final game, to be played in the middle and later parts of this month. And while a couple of teams have clinched their spots in the final four, there are still some places up for grabs. Read on, as we run down the league’s playoff races — and there’s some international news and an update from the amateur game as well!

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Recapping the U18 Women’s Worlds

Russian goalie Darya Gredzen, a major story at this year’s U18 Women’s Worlds, turns away Canada’s Maggie MacEachern during the tournament semifinal. (Image Source)

We’re back, and there is much to catch up on! Let us start with the U18 Women’s World Championship, which wrapped up in Obihiro, Japan, this past weekend. As the 2018 tournament had done, this one saw Team Russia play some excellent hockey at times, and produce some encouraging results, but come away empty-handed at the end. Read on, for a quick recap of Russia’s tournament, and some thoughts.

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Team Russia at the 2019 U18 Women’s Worlds

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It was a year ago, almost exactly, that the Russian women’s U18 team recorded the most famous victory in the program’s history, a 3-2 win over Canada in the opening game of the first ever Russian-hosted women’s world championship. That tournament would end in disappointment and a fourth-place finish, but it was a sure sign of progress nonetheless. So what can the team manage for an encore, when the 2019 U18 Women’s Worlds opens tomorrow in Obihiro, Japan? Well, read on for a look at the roster, and some thoughts.

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So Far, So Good

Team Russia prepares to face Czechia in their second World Juniors game. (Image Source)

Happy New Year to all! The 2019 World Juniors tournament, taking place in British Columbia this time, is through its round-robin stage and the knockout games get rolling this evening. How has it gone for Team Russia? Well, the post title contains a clue as to the answer to that question; read on, as we take a look at their four first-round games, and think some overall thoughts about their tournament to this point.

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Team Russia at the 2019 World Juniors (Updated)

Coach Valery Bragin goes over some tactics with his young charges prior to Team Russia’s first game on Thursday. (Image Source)

The 2019 World Juniors are upon us! The tournament, hosted this winter in the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria, opens this evening, so definitely time to cast the eye over Team Russia’s roster and prospects for the event. The Russian lineup currently includes 25 players, 21 of whom are “for sure” for the tournament (23 is the maximum roster size, so Russia is keeping a couple of slots open in case of injury). Read on, as we take a look at those 25 players!

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Change of Status for Belarusan Players

Belarusan defenceman Pavel Vorobey, a recent signing at Sibir Novosibirsk, is one of the players affected by last week’s change in the KHL regulations.  (Image Source)

In a recent post here, we talked about the KHL’s foreign-player rules, and I noted that one remaining area of confusion was the status of players from Belarus.  Belarusan athletes competing on Russian teams had, up until this summer, been considered imports, and thus counted against the various leagues’ foreign-player limits.  However, this past summer the Russian Ministry of Sport indicated that change would be coming, and this past week new regulations became official in the KHL: Belarusan players at Russian KHL clubs no longer officially count as foreigners.  What does it all mean?  Read on…

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International Roundup

The Russian boys’ U17 team celebrates gold at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last week.  (Image Source)

There was a whole mess of international hockey played over the last week or so, so time to get caught up on how the various Russian national teams fared.  And there is a lot of catching up to do, with eight different squads of various ages and genders playing tournaments (the only idle teams were the men’s and women’s U18 squads, as well as the girls’ U16 team, which generally plays only the European Cup tournament every season).  How did it all go for the assorted Team Russias?  Very well indeed — read on….

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 17th, 2018

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The U18 Russian women’s national team preparing for last weekend’s Kuortane Cup tournament in Finland.  (Image Source)

Ok, time to start getting caught up on things here, and we will start with international action from earlier this month.  The Russian Under-18 Women’s national team made its second tournament appearance of 2018-19 in early October in Kuortane Finland, playing for the Kuortane Cup against the host country plus the Czechs and Norwegians (you can see the full Russian roster for the tournament in the last women’s hockey update).  Read on, for a recap of that tournament, plus a look at the first round of the U18 amateur women’s club championship in Russia!

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 3rd, 2018 (Part 2)

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The Russian U18 women’s national team in training for the upcoming Kuortane Cup tournament.  (Image Source)

As promised, the second part of this two-part women’s hockey update!  Yesterday, we talked about the recent games in the Women’s Hockey League; tonight we turn our attention to goings-on in Russian U18 women’s hockey, at all levels.  Read on, for the opening results of the national championship at that age level, and previews of some quickly-upcoming tournaments!

 

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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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