Category Archives: MHL

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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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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Finals Week in 2019! (Updated)

Saryarka Karaganda players celebrate after their remarkable performance in the VHL semifinal. (Image Source)

The KHL’s 2019 Gagarin Cup Final is set! The trophy will get a first-time name on it this season one way or the other, as CSKA Moscow get set to take on Avangard Omsk Oblast. And there will be a full preview of that series here in a couple of days. But for now, it is time to check in on the playoff doings in a number of other Russian men’s leagues, junior and senior — Read on, for a look at the approaching championships in the VHL, PVHL, MHL, and NMHL!

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Change of Status for Belarusan Players

Belarusan defenceman Pavel Vorobey, a recent signing at Sibir Novosibirsk, is one of the players affected by last week’s change in the KHL regulations.  (Image Source)

In a recent post here, we talked about the KHL’s foreign-player rules, and I noted that one remaining area of confusion was the status of players from Belarus.  Belarusan athletes competing on Russian teams had, up until this summer, been considered imports, and thus counted against the various leagues’ foreign-player limits.  However, this past summer the Russian Ministry of Sport indicated that change would be coming, and this past week new regulations became official in the KHL: Belarusan players at Russian KHL clubs no longer officially count as foreigners.  What does it all mean?  Read on…

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Junior Hockey Notes

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Krasnaya Armiya Moscow’s #99 Nikita O. Popugayev breaks through the MHK Dynamo Moscow defence (#95 Vladislav Kazamanov and #89 Dmitry Grishchenko) during Tuesday’s opening game of the 2018-19 MHL regular season.  (Image Source)

The 10th season of the MHL — the “Youth Hockey League, Russia’s highest men’s junior circuit — got underway today with Krasnaya Armiya Moscow defeating city rivals Dynamo 5-3.  Kranaya Armiya’s 19-year-old Yegor Filin, who tied for sixth in MHL points last season, was the big star of the day, scoring a goal and adding two assists in the victory.  Read on, for a few notes and thoughts on the 2018-19 MHL season!

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Russian Junior Hockey in 2018-19

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Loko Yaroslavl celebrate after winning the 2017-18 Kharlamov Cup.  (Image Source)

Pieces continue to fall into place for the 2018-19 Russian hockey season: today we got the official list of participants in the MHL, the country’s top (men’s) junior league.  While we still await the 2018-19 schedule, but that should now be along shortly.  So read on, for a quick update on the MHL and the second-tier junior NMHL.

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Links, and Many of Them!

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You will notice a new link on the bar at the top of this page!  It’s a project I’ve been poking at for some time, and finally got finished, namely a list of links to the websites and social media accounts of various Russian hockey entities (leagues, associations, and teams)!  Some notes:

  • Teams are mostly listed in the leagues in which they competed in 2017-18, but Lada, Ugra, and HK Tambov have been moved to the VHL table, as they are expected to compete in that league in 2018-19.  Other such changes will be made as we get official league rosters for next season.
  • Over the summer, I will also be adding the teams from the Asia League and the amateur League of Women’s Hockey, and perhaps some other things as well (major media sites and the like).
  • Links to websites are to the the “top-level” site for that team or organization, whatever language it may be in (usually but not always Russian).  Links to versions of the site in other languages are included.  Links to social media accounts are in the language indicated.
  • Sites and accounts that have not posted new material since December 31st, 2017, are not included.
  • I will be checking this and updating it regularly, but if you can fill any of the gaps on these tables, or spot any errors, please do let me know via the comments (here or at the page itself) or by e-mail (peterboriana@gmail.com).

Lokomotiv’s Youngsters Come Through

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Loko Yaroslavl, 2017-18 Kharlamov Cup Champions!  (Image Source)

Hardly a day goes by here at this time of year without a trophy being handed out, and today was no exception!  And so we offer congratulations to Loko Yaroslavl, junior team of KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, who today captured the MHL’s Kharlamov Cup by beating SKA-1946 St. Petersburg to take the Final in six games.

Read on, for a very quick look at the Final in Russia’s top junior league!

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Russia at the U18 Men’s Worlds (Updated)

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Russian U18 national team goalie Amir Miftakhov makes a spectacular save during an exhibition game against Sweden this past week.  (Image Source)

Thursday will see the opening the IIHF’s 2018 Men’s Under-18 World Championship, and this year it is being held in Russia, in the neighbouring cities of Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk just east of the Ural Mountains.  The Russian team has been preparing for the tournament for the past couple of weeks, and we are starting to get some ideas about the line combinations and defence pairings.  So read on for analysis of that (and also for some talk about an unfortunate situation involving the player who was expected to be Russia’s star at this tournament).

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