Category Archives: Junior Hockey

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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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 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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