Category Archives: RWHL

Scheduling Note

I am off traveling this weekend, so KHL team previews will resume early next week (Slovan Bratislava is the next up).

In the meantime, however, there was a significant bit of hockey news on Thursday, which you can append to this week’s Women’s Hockey Update.  Forward Alexandra Vafina is on her way from Women’s Hockey League champions Agidel Ufa to SKIF Nizhny Novgorod.  The former University of Calgary standout joined Agidel early in 2017-18, and scored 6-11-17 in 20 games before adding two goals and two assists in five playoff contests.  Still only 27, Vafina has played for Russia at eight World Championships and two Olympic Games, though (perhaps oddly) she was not included on the 2018 Games roster.  She represents an huge acquisition for SKIF, who were a bit of a surprise playoff team last season after a couple of campaigns rebuilding from their youth program.

Have a good weekend, and see you all early next week!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 17th, 2018

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Forward Darya Teryoshkina in action for the University of Maine in the NCAA last season.  The 20-year-old from Chelyabinsk has caught the eye of the Russian team selectors this summer — more on that below!  (Image Source)

As the new season nears (indications are that the Women’s Hockey League season will begin on September 9th), the pace of news in Russian women’s hockey is also picking up.  And there have been some heavy tidings in the first part of July, including: a Women’s Hockey League team on the move, an unpleasant situation at the league’s defending champions, some players coming and going, and a first look at some of the prospective Russian national-teamers in 2018-19.  Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: June 27th, 2018

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The Russian women’s team celebrates gold at the World Ball Hockey Championship in Dmitrov last week.  There were some very familiar names on that Russian roster, too!  (Image Source)

It has been a little while since our last Women’s Hockey update here, for the simple reason that with the off-season lull in full effect, there simply has not been much news (beyond Olga Sosina deservedly winning the Women’s Hockey League Most Outstanding Player awared).  However, with the 2018-19 season drawing ever closer, stirrings have begun once again; read on, for a big signing, some re-signings, and some actual hockey, although not of the usual sort!

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It Lives!

The Russian hockey map that I did a couple of seasons is back up and functioning (or is at least in a somewhat presentable form), and you can get to it via the link on the bar above (next to “Russian Hockey on Social Media,” which I also encourage you to check out), which will take to the map and a few explanatory notes.  The map by itself is viewable here.  More to come — I still have leagues to add to it, and there will doubtless be some changes over the course of this off-season.  Enjoy!

Links, and Many of Them!

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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 (peterboriana@gmail.com).

This and That (Updated)

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Players and staff from the Ural State Mining University celebrate winning the 2017-18 championship of the Student Hockey League.  (Image Source)

I think we will take this evening to get caught up on a few things going on in the world of Russian hockey right now!  The past few days have seen some interesting coaching news in a couple of different leagues, as well as some tidings relating to the 2018-19 KHL goaltending picture (we were just talking about that, too!).  Read on, for those stories and a few others!

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Season’s End

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Pavel Datsyuk (at right) won a special “lifetime achievement” sort of award, presented by IIHF President René Fasel at Wednesday’s KHL Awards Ceremony.  Full details of the unprecedented reason for the award are below!  (Image Source)

A big day in the KHL today, as the league’s Board of Directors met to discuss the season just finished, and look ahead to 2018-19.  And not only that — the BoD meeting was followed by the traditional Awards Ceremony that formally closed the 2017-18 KHL season.  Read on, for quick write-ups of both events!

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Women’s Hockey Update: May 15th, 2018

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The players of Grad-1 Moscow celebrate winning the team’s third straight amateur national title!  (Image Source)

The on-ice portion of the 2017-18 Russian women’s hockey season wrapped up over the past couple of weeks with a couple of tournaments, and at the same time preparations for 2018-19 began in the Women’s Hockey League.  Read on, for the crowning of the amateur national champions, and some other bits of news as well!

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Women’s Hockey Update: April 30th, 2018

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Women’s Hockey League Cup champions Agidel Ufa meet with Republic of Bashkortostan Head Rustem Khamitov (centre).  (Image Source)

The dust has settled after last week’s conclusion to the Women’s Hockey League season, but there are still some things to talk about in this update!  Read on, for some official recognition for champions Agidel, for an overdue international hockey update, and other notes.

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Agidel!

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Agidel Ufa hoist the Women’s Hockey League Cup after Monday’s victory!  (Image Source)

For the first time ever, Agidel Ufa are champions of Russian women’s hockey!  Agidel finished off a three-game sweep of arch-rivals Tornado Moscow Oblast in the Women’s Hockey Final today.  The clinching game ended 4-1 in Agidel’s favour, with two goals off the stick of the illustrious Olga Sosina.  A tremendous season for the team from Bashkortostan, and all congratulations to them!

Read on, for more on the Final and some other thoughts!

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