Category Archives: Junior Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: February 27th, 2018


Mariya Barykina (l.) and Svetlana Trefilova, team-mates on the Russian national team at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics and still team-mates today, with Grad-1 Moscow in Russia’s amateur women’s hockey league!  (Image Source)

With the Olympic Games over, we now return to the weekly women’s hockey updates!  This one is sort of a catch-up edition; there were games in the amateur League of Women’s Hockey and in the Russian national Under-18 championship during the Olympic break, so read on for a full recap of those events.  And we will also start to take a look at the women’s hockey program in Russia in light of the results from these most recent Games, and at where it might go in the future.


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KHL Doings


The VTB Ice Palace at Legends Park in Moscow.  It is the home of both Spartak and Dynamo, which is causing a bit of a problem for the KHL as the playoffs approach. (Image Source)

Both Russian Olympic teams, women’s and men’s, are now ensconced at the site of the Games in South Korea, which means that the next couple of weeks around here will largely have to do with that competition.  However, the KHL, despite now being well into its Olympic break, has not been entirely idle in terms of news.  So read on, as get caught up on some re-signings, departing coaches, and the like…

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Wrapping Up the Under-18 Women’s Worlds


Russia’s Ilona Markova (in white) battles her opposite number, Alexie Guay of Canada, during the bronze medal match at the 2018 Women’s Under-18 World Championship. (Image Source)

The 2018 Women’s Under-18 World Championship came to an end on Saturday in Dmitrov, Russia, as the United States collected its fourth straight gold medal at the event with a 9-3 victory over Sweden.  Not that the Swedes need be embarrassed; the tournament saw them become the first non-North American team to make it to the gold medal game.  As we have mentioned here before, the tournament had earlier seen some history made by Team Russia, who became the first squad from outside North America to beat one of the continent’s two women’s hockey powerhouses.  However, in the end the Russian players may leave their home tournament (the first top-division women’s hockey Worlds held in Russia) with a sense of an opportunity missed, as they dropped the bronze medal match to Canada by a score of 5-1.  Read on, for a recap of how Russia’s tournament ended, and for some thoughts.

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U18 Women’s Worlds Update!


Diana Farkhutdinova celebrates as Russia advances to the U18 Women’s Worlds semifinals.  (Image Source)

There are just four teams left standing at the Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia!  The host side, coming off its massive upset of Team Canada last Saturday, are indeed one of them, but there have been some bumps along the way.  Read on, for an update on how Team Russia has been getting along!

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Wrapping Up Russia’s World Juniors


Coach Valery Bragin keeps an eye on the Russian bench during the quarterfinal of the 2017-18 World Juniors. (Image Source)

This past Friday, Canada secured a 17th World Juniors gold medal with an exciting 3-1 victory over Sweden, silver medalists for the 11th time.  A few hours before that, the United States had secured the bronze, the country’s sixth, by beating Czechia 9-3.  However, for Team Russia the tournament was long over by that point; a disappointing quarterfinal exit to the host U.S.A. team meant that Russia’s run of seven straight podium appearances came to an end.  Read on, as the we look at the whys and wherefores.

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What a Day!

Well!  I had intended to take today to write a wrap-up piece on the just-completed World Juniors, which saw the Russian side miss out on the podium for the first time in eight years.  However, sometimes history gets in the way, so that piece will have to wait!  Why?  Because on Saturday, Russia’s Under-18 women’s national team opened the 2018 U18 Worlds, at home in Dmitrov just north of Moscow, with a 3-2 victory over Canada.  It was the first time at this competition that Russia had beaten a North American team — in fact, it was the first time that any team from outside North America had defeated either Canada or the U.S.  Read on, for a look at how it all happened (and above is the video of the entire game)!

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Team Russia at the 2018 Women’s U18 Worlds


The Russian Under-18 Women’s national team for this year’s U18 Worlds!  (Image Source)

Starting tomorrow, for the first time ever Russia will host a top-division women’s hockey world championship, as the 2018 event for the Under-18 age group gets going in Dmitrov, just north of Moscow.  That fact, in and off itself, makes this a momentous event for women’s hockey in the country, even before the first puck is dropped.  But drop it will, so read on for a look at Team Russia’s roster for the tournament!

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The Medal Round Arrives at the World Juniors


The Russian bench celebrates a goal during the group stage of the 2017-18 World Juniors.  (Image Source)

The group stage is over, and the medal round of the 2017-18 World Junior Championship in Buffalo is set to start tomorrow with the four quarterfinal games!  Team Russia duly advanced to the knockout games, but head coach Valery Bragin’s squad can hardly be said to have taken the easy route, and there must be some serious concern about their chances of making the podium.  Read on, for a look back at the preliminary stage, and a look ahead to tomorrow’s quarterfinal (you can also check out the piece here from last week on Russia’s World Juniors roster)!

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Women’s Hockey Update: December 27th, 2017


The Under-18 Russian women’s national team (plus coach Yevgeny Bobariko) belting out the anthem after winning bronze at the 2017 U18 Women’s Worlds.  Final preparations for the 2018 edition of the tournament got underway this week!  (Image Source)

Slightly delayed, but here is this week’s Russian women’s hockey update!  This edition includes recaps of some international games this past weekend, Russia’s preliminary roster for the Under-18 Women’s Worlds, and more — including, unfortunately, some further sad Olympic news.  Read on…

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Russia at the World Juniors


Goalie Alexei Melnichuk of the VHL’s SKA-Neva St. Petersburg will be one of the three Russian netminders at the 2017-18 World Juniors.  (Image Source)

First of all, a very Merry Christmas to all celebrating today!  Secondly, the weekly women’s hockey update will be along tomorrow on Wednesday, with news of the upcoming Under-18 Worlds and other matters.  Tomorrow, however, will also see the opening faceoffs of the 2017-18 World Junior Championship, in Buffalo, New York, and that is the focus of tonight’s post.  Read on, for a look at the Russian roster!

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