Category Archives: Junior Hockey

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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Gold at the Euros, Again!

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Team Russia finished up a successful trip to the U16 Girls’ European Cup in Příbram, Czechia, yesterday, winning the gold medal 3-0 over defending champions Finland! For Russia, it is the second European Cup win in the tournament’s three-hear history; the Russian U16s also won the inaugural European Cup in 2017 before taking home the bronze medal in 2018. YOu can see the Russian roster for the 2019 tournament here, and read on for a recap of the competition itself!

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So Close!

The Russian U18 Men’s national team on its return to Moscow on Monday. (Image Source)

The 2019 IIHF Under-18 World Championship is done and in the history books! Sweden wrapped a first gold-medal finish at this tournament in front of their home fans, dealing a 4-3 overtime defeat to Team Russia in the Final. But while the Russian players and coaches did not get the ending they were looking for, the tournament in Sweden can hardly be classed as a failure. Read on, for a recap and some thoughts!

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Loko!

Loko Yaroslavl, 2018-19 Kharlamov Cup Champions! (Image Source)

You could not have asked for a more dramatic Final series: seven games, with a total combined margin of victory of eight goals, and both teams holding the series lead at one point or another. And then there was what happened in Game 6… It was by turns exhilarating and heart-breaking, depending on whom one was cheering for, but in the end it was Loko Yaroslavl who won the 2018-19 Kharlamov Cup, championship of Russia’s top junior league (the MHL). Loko, who become the first team win the Kharlamov Cup three times, finished off a four-games-to-three Final win over Avto Yekaterinburg earlier today; read on, for a recap and some thoughts!

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A Championship Day!

Agidel Ufa celebrate their second straight championship of the Women’s Hockey League! (Image Source)

This was a busy day indeed in Russian hockey! As the Russian Girls’ U16 team was picking up its second win in two games at the European Cup (6-1 over Hungary this time), no fewer than three Russian leagues saw their 2018-19 champions determined. Read on for a few quick details, and a related blog note.

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Team Russia at the 2019 U16 Girls’ Euros

Russia’s Alina Ichayeva (#21) battles Ayaka Tomiuchi of Japan during Tuesday’s game at the 2019 U16 Girls’ European Cup. (Image Source)

The third edition of the Under-16 Girls’ European Cup competition is underway, in the Czech city of Příbram! Action got underway yesterday, with Russia playing their first match earlier today, against Japan. Team Russia won the gold medal at the inaugural U16 Girls’ Euros, in 2017 in Hungary, and they took bronze last season in Finland. Read on, for a look at the 2019 Russian roster!

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Team Russia at the 2019 U18 Men’s Worlds

Goalie Yaroslav Askarov, all intensity during a game for Russian Under-18 national team. (Image Source)

We do not get much of a break from World Championships at this time of year! With the Women’s Worlds barely in the rearview mirror, and the Men’s Worlds set to commence in early May, this week sees the opening of the 2019 Under-18 Men’s World Championship. The Swedish cities of Örnsköldsvik and Umeå are the venues for this year’s edition of the tournament; read on, for a look at a Russian team that will seek to overcome a very disappointing time in 2018!

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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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