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Clarity on the Dynamo Moscow Situation?

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Dynamo Moscow captain Alexei Tereshchenko in action this past season versus Ak Bars Kazan.  (Image Source)

Today was a day of big news in Russian hockey, on a couple of different fronts.  We’ll get the bad tidings out of the way first — the Dynamo Moscow situation has reached something (more) of a crisis point, and there were major developments in that affair today.  Read on…

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A Mess at Dynamo Moscow

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Dynamo Moscow celebrate their 2012-13 Gagarin Cup triumph.  Sadly, the famous old team now finds itself far adrift from those happy days.  (Image Source)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, incoming Dynamo Moscow head coach Vladimir Vorobyov is stepping into a mess at the storied team, first-ever hockey champions of the USSR back in 1947.  In a way, it’s no big surprise — rumours of Dynamo’s financial exigency having been rolling about for a year or more now.  Recently, however, there seem to have been some even more serious developments.  Dynamo lost control of their training base at Novogorsk due to non-payment of the lease, and that was quickly followed by rumours of the folding of their VHL farm club, defending Bratina Cup champions Dynamo Balashikha.  Looming over all of this is the team’s debt, pegged at a whopping sum just shy of 1.9 billion Rubles (about $45 million Canadian) — including about 730 million Rubles owed to players.  And then last week the team’s offices were raided by anti-corruption police, who confiscated documents related to accounting.

So what exactly is the situation, and why?  Read on, for an examination of that, and some discussion of possible remedies.

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The Bench Bosses: Tarasov Division

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A nice moment between head coaches Valery Belov (Vityaz Moscow Oblast, left) and Oleg Znarok (SKA St. Petersburg) after SKA eliminated Vityaz from this season’s KHL playoffs.  Znarok we discussed last time — this time around it’s Belov’s turn!  (Image Source)

Time to continue on with our look at the coming season’s KHL coaches!  Last time out, we dealt with the Bobrov Division, and for this piece we stay in the West Conference to see who will be behind the benches of the Tarasov Division teams.  Read on!

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The Bench Bosses: Bobrov Division

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A famous player in his day, Sandis Ozoliņš will embark upon his head-coaching career in 2017-18.  (Image Source)

We are now just a month or so away from the beginning of the 2017-18 KHL pre-season training camps.  Thus we are beginning to get some clarity concerning the men who will behind the benches in this upcoming campaign, so perhaps it is time to take a closer look at those under-pressure figures.  We will begin in the West Conference, with the six teams of the Bobrov Division — read on!

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To the Medal Round at the Worlds!

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Russia’s head coach, Oleg Znarok, appeared in good humour as his team arrived in Paris today for Thursday’s Worlds quarterfinal.  (Image Source)

When last we checked in the Russian national team at the IIHF 2017 Men’s World Championship, coach Oleg Znarok had his squad at 3-0, but had lost — at least temporarily — the services of captain Sergei Mozyakin (German forwardPatrick Hager, who had injured Mozyakin, was given a two-game suspension for the incident).  So how have things gone for Team Russia since then?  Well, read on…

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Team Russia at the 2017 Men’s Worlds

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Team Russia prepares for the 2017 Worlds. (Image Source)

Friday marks the beginning of the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship, the tournament being jointly hosted this time around by France and Germany.  Russia is coming off a bronze-medal performance at home at last year’s Worlds, and last won gold in 2014 in Minsk.  Read on, for a look at the roster that will try to recreate that year’s success in 2017!

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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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