Category Archives: Junior Hockey
Yesterday we had a quick look at the Russian women’s national team roster for their current visit to the United States to take on NWHL opposition. Today, we go into more depth on the team’s first couple of games in North America (and a very interesting start to the series it has been, too), and present you with the promised brief preview of the amateur women’s hockey season in Russia. Read on…
Here we are at Monday, so it is time once again for a women’s hockey update, and there is a great deal to cover in this one! Both the senior and under-18 Russian women’s national teams saw action this past week, and the last couple of days witnessed the celebrations of the IIHF’s World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. In addition, there was a very important player-signing in the Women’s Hockey League, and even bigger news than that. Read on!
Time to check in with what happened over the last seven days in women’s hockey in Russia! Lots to cover in this one: six games from the Women’s Hockey League, the opening tilts of the country’s Under-18 women’s championship, and the gathering of not one but two national squads. Read on!
Highlights of Agidel’s season-opening win over Biryusa Krasnoyarsk in front of a record crowd in Ufa.
Every team in the Women’s Hockey league has seen at least a couple of games now, with more to come this week! Read on, therefore, for a full recounting of what transpired in the last seven days in that league, including quite a lot of fans in Ufa, and a couple of other notes as well. Plus, we have links to upcoming livestreams!
Well, my intention with this post was to introduce in a mild way the MHL, Russia’s top-level junior men’s hockey league, and indeed that will occur. However, before that happens, a sad digression for those of us who follow the KHL is in order.
One of the great pleasures, in this internet age, of following the KHL and Russian hockey in general is the large number of people, from a wide and interesting variety of places, with whom one comes in contact and whom one gets to know at least a little bit. However, this week there were some sad tidings; it is with great sorrow that I share the news of the passing of Željko Bosak, who died on Wednesday, just a few months after having been diagnosed with cancer, at the age of 50 (far too young). My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and indeed to all who knew him.
Those of you who frequent KHL circles on social media may well have encountered Željko (@zeljkobosak1 on Twitter), as he followed the fortunes of his beloved Medveščak Zagreb. Željko was an always-cheerful, friendly, and funny person with whom to talk over the day’s hockey, and he was an avid sportsman in his own right, having played tennis and hockey, and even been involved in auto racing. He still enjoyed skating, of both the ice- and roller- varieties, and followed a large number of sports with great interest. And he had a deep fondness for black licorice ice cream!
Rest in peace, my friend — we will miss you very much.
(Read on, for Russian junior hockey)
The 2017-18 Women’s Hockey league season got underway on Saturday, as champions Tornado Moscow Oblast hosted defending bronze-medalists Dynamo St. Petersburg in a pair of games in Dmitrov, and the results were… well, they were quite fascinating, actually. Read on, for a full recap of the weekend’s action, for some international hockey, and for looks at the 2017-18 possibilities of the four Women’s Hockey League teams that finished off the podium last season!
By this time next week, we will have Women’s Hockey League regular season games to talk about! And in preparation for that, this post will take a preview-ish sort of look at last season’s top three teams in the league: Tornado Moscow Oblast, Agidel Ufa, and Dynamo St. Petersburg. We also have a little bit of international news, so read on!
We are just 12 days away from the opening of the 2017-18 Women’s Hockey League season; the full schedule was released a couple of weeks ago. The new campaign opens on September 16th, when defending champions Tornado Moscow Oblast host Dynamo St. Petersburg; the latter team finished third in 2016-17, and very definitely has some title aspirations this time around.
The seven teams in the league will play 24 regular-season games this time, down — due primarily to the Olympics — from the 36 of last season. However, 2017-18 will also see the first-ever playoffs in the Women’s Hockey League! The top four teams will make the post-season and contest the championship, with that all starting in early April of 2018.
Read on, for some other news and notes from the last month or so in Russian women’s hockey!
“It might be necessary to make some unpopular decisions,” said KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko yesterday, after a meeting of the Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport. Today, the league’s own Board of Directors met, and some thunderous decisions were indeed made — popular or unpopular, depending on one’s point of view. Read on, for a quick and preliminary look at those, and also some news of the KHL’s annual awards ceremony, which also happened today!
Well, the main mission was accomplished; Russia’s medal drought at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, which extended back to 2011, came to an end today when the youngsters downed Sweden by a 3-0 score to take third place in the tournament in Slovakia. Read on, for a recap of the medal round and some thoughts.