Category Archives: RWHL

The Women’s Hockey League in 2018-19

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Agidel Ufa’s Polina Luchnikova (#87) camps out in front of Tornado Moscow Oblast goalie Nadezhda Alexandrova and Galina Skiba during Sunday’s opening game of the 2018-19 Women’s Hockey League season.  Luchnikova, making her Agidel debut, had a huge game, scoring twice to lead her team to a 3-2 victory.  (Image Source)

The Russian Women’s Hockey League began it’s 2018-19 season on Sunday, as defending champions Agidel Ufa hosted their arch-rivals, and last year’s beaten finalists, Tornado Moscow Oblast.  This season will be the fourth in the Women’s Hockey League is under the aegis of the KHL, and it will feature some changes from last season.  Most notably, with the Olympics out of the way, the 2018-19 regular season will expand from 24 games per team to 36.  It will be followed once again by a two-round playoff featuring the top four regular-season squads.  The lineup of teams?  That is unchanged from the seven who took part in 2017-18.  So read on, for a look at each of those clubs, their major off-season moves, and their prospects for the coming season.

 

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Women’s Hockey Update: August 28th, 2018

Agidel Ufa players and coaches receive their gold medals as 2017-18 Champions of Russia in a ceremony on Tuesday.

We have hockey games to talk about! Both Russian women’s national teams (Senior and Under-18) played their first tournaments of 2018-19 late last week, and, well, fortunes were mixed.  Read on, for full recaps of those tournaments, major transfer news from the Women’s Hockey League, a sneak preview of the teams that will take part in the amateur national championship, and some other notes!

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Women’s Hockey Update: August 20th, 2018

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Forward Valeriya Pavlova at work as the Russian women’s national team prepares for its first international tournament of 2018-19.  (Image Source)

Time — indeed, well past time — for an update on what has been happening in Russian women’s hockey this month!  We are within a few days of the first national team games of the new season, we have a Women’s Hockey League schedule to consider, and there are some other bits of news as well.  So read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 30th, 2018 (Updated)

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SKIF Nizhny Novgorod U18 goalie Varvara Bunkova with Georgy Kuznetsov of Dynamo Moscow (l.) and Andrei Tikhomirov of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod after Saturday’s KHL pre-season game between Dynamo and Torpedo.  All of the proceeds from the game went to help with Bunkova’s physiotherapy following very complicated knee surgery.  (Image Source)

More player moves in the Women’s Hockey League since the last update, including a couple more big signings by SKIF Nizhny Novgorod!  Those are discussed below, as well as some new players in camp with defending champions Agidel Ufa, a benefit game for an injured young player, and some other matters as well.  Read on…

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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!

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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