Category Archives: MHL
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)
“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!
The 2016-17 season is in the history books in Russia’s top junior league; Krasnaya Armiya Moscow, junior side of CSKA Moscow, defeated Reaktor Nizhnekamsk today to complete a four-game sweep of the Kharlamov Cup Final. Read on, for some thoughts!
The KHL may have wrapped up its action for 2016-17, with SKA St. Petersburg the Gagarin Cup champions, but there are still games being played in some Russian domestic leagues. We noted yesterday that HK Rostok had won the country’s third-tier professional men’s championship; today, the second-level VHL wrapped up its title race, so read on for a recap of that result, and some other notes as well!
So now it is a best-of-five! Honours were shared equally through the first two games of the Gagarin Cup Final; SKA St. Petersburg and Metallurg Magnitogorsk have a victory apiece as the series moves back to the former’s home on the bank of the Okkervil River. Read on, for a recap of those fascinating first two games, and a very quick look at playoff developments in a couple of other leagues!
In which the puck goes from the Metallurg Magnitogorsk goal-line to the back of the Ak Bars Kazan net in three seconds, courtesy of Mister Lee and Mister Moyzakin.
The KHL’s Conference Finals are now well underway, and producing some interesting storylines to follow! Read on, as we take a quick look at those, and get you caught up on playoff happenings in a number of other leagues as well.
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!
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).
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!
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