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Junior Hockey!

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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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