Category Archives: KHL

On the Hot Seat: The Kharlamov Division in 2019-20

Pēteris Skudra, here shown coaching Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod a couple of seasons ago, will be behind the bench at Traktor Chelyabinsk in 2019-20. (Image Source)

Back to our series on KHL coaching in 2019-20! We have already checked in with the men behind the benches in the Chernyshev and Tarasov Divisions, and now it is the turn of the East Conference’s Kharlamov Division. So read on, for the coaching situations at Ak Bars, Avtomobilist, Metallurg, Neftekhimik, Sibir, and Traktor.

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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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On the Hot Seat: The Tarasov Division in 2019-20

Igor Nikitin earlier this spring, with his champion CSKA Moscow team and the Gagarin Cup. (Image Source)

On onto the second of our division-by-division looks at KHL bench bosses in 2019-20! I mentioned in yesterday’s post, on the Chernyshev Division, that we would be looking at the Bobrov Division today. However, there is some news apparently pending on the coaching front this week from Dynamo Moscow; until that arrives, we’ll table the Bobrov Division, and instead today we check in with the other group in the West Conference, the Tarasov Division. So read on, for some notes on the coaching situations at CSKA Moscow, Dinamo Minsk, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, HK Sochi, and Vityaz Moscow Oblast.

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On the Hot Seat: The Chernyshev Division in 2019-20

Bob Hartley enjoyed a tremendous season in charge of Avangard Omsk last season, but there may be a cloud hanging over him in the summer of 2019. (Image Source)

Strange to think of it, but we are just a couple of weeks or so away from the opening of KHL training camps for the 2019-20 season! The coaches are starting (hopefully) to make concrete plans for the working-in of new signings, for dealing with key individuals who have departed, and so on. And who are the coaches who will be guiding KHL teams in 2019-20? Herewith we start our annual pre-season look at the league’s bench bosses, the men whose chairs may get very warm indeed if things don’t go well, so read on for a look at the Head Coaches of the Chernyshev Division teams!

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KHL Attendance in 2018-19

The Gazprom Arena prepares to host SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow this past December; the game drew a record 67,770 fans. (Image Source)

The numbers are in, and have been crunched! Time, then, to take a look at the subject of fan attendance in the KHL in the season just past. KHL teams post a very wide range of attendance numbers, due in no small part to the similarly large range of arena sizes (capacities ran from 4800 seats to more than 15000 in 2018-19, and that includes only arenas in regular use). Those figures also tell some very interesting stories, happy and otherwise; read on, for a team-by-team look at fan support in the KHL in 2018-19, as well as some observations on the league’s overall performance in this area. And there’s a table!

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KHL Developments

KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko. (Image Source)

The KHL formally wrapped up its 2018-19 season a few days ago with its annual Awards Ceremony, and we are now officially in the land of 2019-20. But the handing-out of trophies was not the only event on the KHL calendar last week; the league also held a meeting of its teams to discuss a few matters related to the upcoming campaign as well. Read on for some talk of what came out of that meeting, and we’ll take a look at the awards ceremony as well!

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2019-20 Early Indications: Kharlamov Division

Newly-acquired Ak Bars Kazan defenceman Igor Ozhiganov in action for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018-19. (Image Source)

We started out last week looking at the early off-season transactions in the KHL, in the course of which series we have taken a peek at the Tarasov, Chernyshev, and Bobrov divisions. And now it’s time to wrap that up by checking out the comings and goings of May in the Kharlamov Division! So read on, and find out what Ak Bars Kazan, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, and Traktor Chelyabinsk have been up to this month.

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Slovan Bratislava in Crisis

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Some unhappy news from the KHL this week: ominous rumblings began on Tuesday that Slovan Bratislava, who seemed to have locked up new investment and be on the road to recovery after some tough years, are in serious trouble once again. Wednesday brought further, but not better, developments, and it now seems likely that the KHL will enter the 2019-20 season without its lone Slovakian representative. Read on.

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2019-20 Early Indications: Bobrov Division

Finland’s Joonas Kemppainen, here shown playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa, will find some big skates to fill in St. Petersburg. (Image Source)

On to the third of our explorations the KHL’s early off-season activity! Having previously checked in the Tarasov and Chernyshev Divisions, we now turn our attention to the West Conference’s Bobrov Division. So read on, to find out what Dinamo Riga, Dynamo Moscow, Jokerit Helsinki, Severstal Cherepovets, SKA St. Petersburg, and Spartak Moscow have been up to!

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2019-20 Early Indications: The Chernyshev Division

Defenceman Matthew Maione, who is taking his talents from Latvia to China for the upcoming KHL season. (Image Source)

On we go with our little series on the early 2019 KHL free-agency period! Yesterday, we looked at what the teams of the West Conference’s Tarasov Division have been doing this month, and now it is the turn of the East Conference, and the Chernyshev Division. Read on, for some notes on the progress of Admiral Vladivostok, Amur Khabarovsk, Avangard Omsk, Kunlun Red Star Beijing, Salavat Yulaev Ufa, and Sibir Novosibirsk.

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