Category Archives: MHL

Checking in With the Lower Leagues


Saryarka Karaganda goalie Denis Peretyagin makes a save against Zvezda Chekhov during Round 1 of the VHL playoffs. (Image Source)

The KHL playoffs’ second round began yesterday, with all series now one game in.  No one was too surprised to see CSKA Moscow and Metallurg Magnitogorsk win their openers, versus Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Barys Astana respectively, although the Magnitogorsk fans will be hoping that whatever illness kept Sergei Mozyakin out of the lineup today is of short duration.  Ak Bars Kazan, meanwhile, captured home-ice advantage with an opening-game overtime victory over Avangard in Omsk, while Dynamo Moscow provided the big early shock with an overtime win in St. Petersburg against SKA.  3-2 was the final in that one, with Maxim Karpov scoring all three goals for Dynamo.

Our attention this evening, however, is on the post-season happenings in the VHL (previously updated here) and the MHL, the latter of whose regular season just finished up.  Read on!

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Junior Hockey!


Loko Yaroslavl (in red) battle Chaika Nizhny Novgorod during the opening game of the 2016-17 MHL season on Sunday. (Image Source)

As we head into September, the Russian hockey calendar is beginning to fill up with meaningful games at all levels.  The KHL is well underway, of course, and this weekend the Women’s Hockey League regular season kicked off as well.  On Sunday, it was the turn of the MHL (Молодежная Хоккейная Лига — “Youth Hockey League”), home of the country’s top-level junior-age boys’ squads.  The curtain-raiser, as is traditional, featured last season’s Kharlamov Cup finalists; the 2016-17 opener saw Chaika Nizhny Novgorod, riding a resolute performance by goalie Andrei Sukhanov, come away with a 2-1 shootout victory over defending champions Loko Yaroslavl.  The entire league swung into action on Monday, so read on for a bit of a look at how it all works (and a map).

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Some News Notes: Schedules & the Like


Dynamo vs. Spartak at the Arkady Chernyshyov Memorial Tournament last week. (Image Source)

Time to take a quick break from the previews in order to get a little bit of news out of the way.  Schedules and full team lineups are now out for several different Russian leagues, and we have KHL pre-season hockey to talk about as well.  Unfortunately, not all of the pre-season goings-on have been of the good variety… read on!

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Tournament Time


Goalmouth action in Nizhny Novgorod between Torpedo (in blue) and Dinamo Riga on Monday at the Cup of the Governor of Nizhegorod Oblast tournament. (Image Source)

KHL exhibition hockey is well underway for 2016-17 at this point, and we are about to embark on one of the more interesting parts of the league’s calendar: namely, the big pre-season tournaments.  There are several such competitions taking place between now and the beginning of the regular season on August 22nd, so read on, and we’ll take a look at the upcoming schedule! Read the rest of this entry

Catching up on News Notes: League Intrigue


KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko. (Image Source)

We head into an important week in terms of Russian hockey at this point, and of course we are also just 20 days or so from the start of KHL training camps for 2016-17.  So it would probably be a good idea at this point to take a quick look at what some of the big stories involving the KHL, VHL, and MHL have been this spring.  Read on…

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: May 4th, 2016


Alexander Sudnitsin in action for Neftekhimik last season — he will be plying his trade in Yaroslavl in 2016-17. (Image Source)

A couple of days late, but here we are with another set of news notes!  This one has all kinds of things, as the World Championship starts on Friday, and KHL teams began shuffling players around last weekend.  There was also some interesting expansion news, and not just from the KHL, either.  So read on!

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More Champions!


Neftyanik Almetyevsk celebrate with the Bratina Cup after defeating Izhstal Izhevsk last week. (Image Source)

There will be a full edition of news notes up tomorrow (and we do have a lot of them this time), but for now here’s a little look back at some Finals that ended last week, and some silverware that was awarded as a result.  And I do not mean the series that we have already discussed here!  So read on, as we briefly check in with how the VHL and MHL seasons came to an end.

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: April 18th, 2016


One way or another, someone gets this piece of silverware on Tuesday. (Image Source)

And so we will play seven in the Gagarin Cup Final!  On Tuesday, at 7:30 pm local time, CSKA Moscow will host Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the final game of the 2015-16 KHL season, with the Cup on the line.  Read on, as we discuss how the series got to this point, how the Under-18s are doing in far-off North Dakota, and other matters from the past seven days!


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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: April 11th, 2016

Time for some more news notes!  This week, we look at the first three games of a highly entertaining Gagarin Cup Final, check in with various international hockey goings-on, and discuss the final weekend of the NHL regular season.  There’s more, too, so read on!

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: April 4th, 2016


Team Russia celebrates after winning the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Women’s World Championship. (Image Source)

So what do we have in this week’s set of notes?  A job well done at the Women’s World Championship, the finalists for the Gagarin Cup, superstars (maybe) on the move, and all kinds of other matters… So read on!

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