Category Archives: NMHL
We haven’t talked much about the MHL, Russia’s top-tier men’s junior league, since the summer, so perhaps a quick re-introduction to the league is in order (especially as we have been talking about junior-age players in the KHL recently). Unlike in North American hockey, Russian (and most European) junior teams are part of professional clubs, and for the MHL teams that generally means the KHL (the KHL, in fact, administers the junior league). However, not all MHL teams have a KHL parent; read on, as we take a look at the 2019-20 MHL team lineup, and a little bit of a who’s who in the league this season.Read the rest of this entry
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…Read the rest of this entry
Today saw yet another trophy handed out in Russian hockey, this one at the junior level. HK Rossosh have collected their second Regions Cup title in the NMHL (the “National Youth Hockey League,” Russia’s second-tier men’s junior circuit), defeating defending champions Dizelist Penza three games to two in the Final series. Read on, for a few notes on the NMHL playoffs!Read the rest of this entry
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!Read the rest of this entry
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A few days ago we took a quick look at all the different Finals going on in Russian hockey this week, and some of that silverware that was under dispute has now been handed out! Read on, therefore, for some champions at the lower levels of pro and junior hockey, as well as a quick bonus update on some international hockey results from today.
This is a bit of a “tidying-up” sort of post; it includes updates on all of the various league Finals going on or starting this week, as well as some news from the FHR and previews of imminent international hockey attractions. So read on, as we go all over the place!
The field for the Kharlamov Cup Final in the MHL (Russia’s top-tier men’s junior league) is now set, and the series will get underway this coming weekend. This year’s Final will be an all West Conference affair (the MHL crosses over at the semifinal stage), with 2015-16 champions Loko Yaroslavl taking on SKA-1946 St. Petersburg, whose previous best finish was as runners-up in 2014-15.
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!