Category Archives: Pervenstvo VHL

Down in the Minors: the VHL and PVHL in 2017-18

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Dynamo Balashikha celebrate their Bratina Cup championship in the spring of 2017.  In an interesting twist, neither team nor trophy will return to the VHL for 2017-18.  (Image Source)

The VHL (Высшая хоккейная лига — “Vysshaya Khokkeinaya Liga” or “Supreme Hockey League”) is, despite its name, the second-highest level of professional men’s hockey in Russia, and is basically the country’s equivalent of the North American AHL.  Indeed, it includes farm teams from a number of KHL sides, although there are independent VHL teams as well.  The 2017-18 VHL campaign began earlier this month; read on, as we set the scene and talk about the league in this coming season.

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No Doubts

It is done, and in the end, there was no doubt at all who the better team was.  As mentioned in a brief post here earlier, SKA St. Petersburg are the 2016-17 Gagarin Cup champions, having defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk in five games.  Read on, for a recap of the decisive match (highlights above) and some thoughts about the series as a whole.

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Playoff Updates!

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.

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