Category Archives: Obituaries

A Few News Notes


SKA St. Petersburg players salute the crowd after eliminating Dynamo Moscow. (Image Source)

After a slow blogging week due to general business, this will be a “getting caught up on the KHL story” sort of post.  Read on, for the last four teams standing in the hunt for the Gagarin Cup, the passing of a legend among Russian hockey journalists, and some early news about what the KHL will look like in 2017-18.

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Vladimir Petrov, 1947-2017


Vladimir Petrov. (Image Source)

Russian hockey, and indeed the world of hockey in general, was in mourning today after hearing of the death in a Moscow hospital of Vladimir Petrov.  Petrov, 69 years old, was an all-time hockey great, a member of one of the sport’s most famous forward lines through the 1970s.  Read on, as we take a look back at his life and career.

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Gennady Tsygurov, 1942-2016


Gennady Tsygurov is honoured in Tolyatti in late 2015, appropriately enough at a KHL game between Lada and Traktor Chelyabinsk.  (Image Source)

Gennady Tsygurov, who passed away today of cancer at the age of 74, was not as well-known as some of his Soviet and Russian hockey coaching colleagues, at least not to fans outside his home country.  Nonetheless, his was a career that deserves some recognition, especially as his coaching resume includes one major feat not accomplished by anyone before him.  Read on…

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Women’s Hockey Update: Nov. 30th, 2016


SKIF Nizhny Novgorod’s Mariya Belova looks on during a game on Tuesday against Arktik-Universitet Ukhta.  How that went, and the sad significance of the black armband, are explained below.  (Image Source)

This was an eventful week in Russian women’s hockey, and unfortunately we will begin with some very tragic news.  However, there are also happier matters to look at, including some remarkable results both in the Women’s Hockey League and on the amateur side of things, so do read on…

(a quick technical note: the “translate link” function of Google Translate seems to have quit on me this evening, so most of the links in the article are to pieces in their original Russian.  You will have to take my word for it that they so in fact say what I say that they say.)

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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: April 26th, 2016


Metallurg Head Coach Ilya Vorobyov (right) looks on as Vasily Koshechkin (centre) and Danis Zaripov show off the Gagarin Cup upon the champions’ return to Magnitogorsk. (Image Source)

As we discussed here and here, the Gagarin Cup, Bratina Cup, and Kharlamov Cup have all now been awarded for 2015-16, so we are rapidly approaching the off-season portion of the year.  Of course, the IIHF Men’s World Championship is yet to be played, and there are Russian players still going in the NHL playoffs as well.  Read on, as we discuss those stories and some other matters as well!

(Note: due to technical issues, some of the linked articles have note been translated.)

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: February 1st, 2016


Amur Khabarovsk goalie Juha Metsola foils Maxim Pestushko of Dynamo Moscow during a game earlier this season.  There was some big news this week about Metsola’s future in the Russian Far East… (Image Source)

The KHL returned to action this past week after its All-Star break, and we saw the playoff picture continue to take shape, especially in the West Conference.  Below the jump, we will discuss that story, more expansion news, the week’s action in the Women’s Hockey League, and a few other bits and pieces, so read on!

Update: tragic news from Russian youth hockey:

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: January 11th, 2016


Spartak Moscow goalie Viktor Krivolapov during a game in the 1970s.  Krivolapov was honoured at the Monday’s game between his old team and Slovan Bratislava. (Image Source)

Time for another edition of the news notes!  We will check in with how the U18 women’s team is doing in Ontario, revisit Ovechkin’s big night, and discuss a couple of interesting coaching moves in the KHL.  However, there were also some tidings of the sad sort — read on, but be warned.

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The Doctor


Dr. Oleg Belakovsky (left, in uniform) and Dr. Igor Silin tend to a dazed-looking Valery Kharlamov at some point in the 1970s. (Image Source)

In this blog’s series looking at the history of the Soviet Hockey Championship, we just last week discussed the 1952-53 campaign.  That was the final season for VVS MVO Moscow, the powerful Soviet Air Force team managed by Josef Stalin’s son Vasily.  And this weekend came the sad news that one of the last living links to VVS MVO had passed away: Dr. Oleg Belakovsky, the club’s chief physician and later a legendary figure at CSKA Moscow and with the Soviet national team, died on Sunday in Moscow at the age of 93.  Read on, and we’ll talk more about Dr. Belakovsky’s rather astounding story.

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Some Last Thoughts About Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov

KHL Season 2013/14

Two men with a reputation for toughness behind the bench – Viktor Tikhonov and Mike Keenan (photo via


It is very fitting that one of Viktor Tikhonov’s last public appearances took place in a victorious dressing room, surrounded by celebrating Russian hockey players, as that was a setting in which he had been seen many, many, times before.  On that particular occasion, in May of 2014, they were celebrating their gold medal victory at the World Championship in Minsk.  The old coach shook hands, posed for photographs, and embraced his grandson and namesake, who had led the tournament in scoring.  It was in all ways a happy scene, but shortly thereafter came the news that Tikhonov was ill, hospitalized in fact.  Over the summer and into this autumn there were sporadic updates, some encouraging and others not so much, until, on November 23rd, came the sad news that Viktor Tikhonov had passed away in Moscow at the age of 84.

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