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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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Guest Post: The Future of Youth Hockey in Russia

First day of training for children at KHL club Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg’s hockey school.

I am very happy to welcome again Tomáš Vorčák, from whom we heard recently on the subject of the KHL and the European Champions Cup tournament.  This time, Mr. Vorčák is looking into plans for revitalization of Russia’s national programs for hockey development at the youth level; it is interesting stuff, so read on!

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Doubling Up

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Team Russia goalie Ilya Andryukhov receives his gold medal (and stuffed animal!) after Russia’s victory in the 2017 Winter Universiade gold medal game today.  (Image Source)

Two days after the women’s team collected their gold medal, the men’s side made it two-for-two for Russia at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty today.  Team Russia breezed through their opening round, but faced stiffer competition once the semifinal arrived.  Read on, for a full account!

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Perfection

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Igor Shestyorkin shuts the door.  (Image Source)

Our regular update on the six “Players of Interest” will happen tomorrow, but here’s a bit of a spoiler: Igor Shestyorkin is having a heck of a run.  Two shutouts this week, making three straight overall, and today’s came against CSKA.  A pretty good week, and he seems to be unquestionably SKA’s starting goalie at the moment.  More tomorrow!

Women’s Hockey Update: Sept. 6th, 2016

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Agidel Ufa’s Olga Sosina (in white) battles Lyudmila Belyakova of Tornado Moscow Oblast. (Image Source)

Three games into a 36-game schedule is a little early to find oneself in a must-win situation, but that was not far from what faced Agidel Ufa on Tuesday.  Last year’s runners-up had dropped their first two games against title rivals Tornado Moscow Oblast, and a third loss would see them in a deep hole to start the season.  How did they do?  Read on, for that and some other notes.

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Persons of Interest, 2016-17 Edition.

“Omark ruins the moment?  No, Omark creates a supergoal!”  Linus Omark, by the way, is #67 in green, in case you were in any doubt.

Last August, on a bit of whim, I picked six players to follow particularly closely through the 2015-16 KHL season.  And what a group they turned out to be!  We had Triumph (Ziyat Paigin, Sergei Mozyakin), Tragedy (Olli Palola), and just about everything in between.  And so the exercise will be repeated; read on, for the 2016-17 list!

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Avangard Omsk Oblast in 2016-17

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Avangard’s Arena Omsk, boasting one of the more imposing facades in the KHL!  (Image Source)

An odd summer in Omsk; not only has there been an ongoing saga with one of their best players (more on this below), but the team has already switched coaches, bringing in Fyodor Kanareikin to replace Yevgeny Kornoukhov just ten days ago.  Even with all that, however, I have them as champions of the East Conference this season; the “how” and the “why” are below, so read on…

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Sibir Novosibirsk Oblast in 2016-17

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Sibir Ice Sports Palace, Novosibirsk. (Image Source)

Sibir recorded their first-ever playoff series win in the Spring of 2014, but since then have made at least the second round in three straight seasons and established themselves as one of the best teams in the East (this despite several occurrences of the dreaded financial difficulties).  Can they keep it up?  Read on…

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Salavat Yulaev Ufa in 2016-17

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Panorama showing the Ufa-Arena, the city of Ufa, and the Bashkirian countryside beyond. (Image Source)

Salavat Yulaev’s 2015-16 campaign looked much like SKA’s: they were early-season contenders, suffered a dreadful start, fired their coach, and recovered enough to make the Conference Finals.  There was far less Drama in Ufa than in St. Petersburg, but this is still a team with something to prove in 2016-17.  Read on…

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Dinamo Minsk in 2016-17

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Dinamo’s home at the Minsk-Arena, in early evening. (Image Source)

Disappointment in 2015-16 for Dinamo Minsk, who followed up a strong 2014-15 campaign by falling back out of the playoffs.  Some housecleaning was the result, as big names have both come and gone in the Belarusan capital.  Read on…

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