Category Archives: VHL

VHL Storylines

SKA-Neva St. Petersburg, your current VHL standings leaders, prepare for a December game against league newcomers HK Tambov. Left to right: Kirill Petkov, Daniil Ogirchuk, Vladislav Kurbatov, Ivan Volodin, Alexei Kruchinin, and Artyom Zemchyonok. (Image Source)

One level below the KHL lies the VHL (the Vysshaya Khokkeinaya Liga, usually translated as “Supreme Hockey League”), which includes the top professional farm teams of the KHL clubs; this is the Russian equivalent, more-or-less, of the North American AHL. And how has the VHL’s 2018-19 season been rolling along? Well, read on, for some of the stories that the league has generated this season, and for some players whose names may ring a bell with North American fans (and please note that all stats and standings notes are up to date through February 2nd).

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Silk Roads


Where we left off in the VHL: Dynamo St. Petersburg players celebrate winning the Petrov Cup earlier this spring.  (Image Source)

The MHL, Russia’s top junior league, began 2018-19 play yesterday, and today it is the turn of the VHL, the country’s second-highest men’s professional circuit.  The VHL has undergone some re-branding, and its regular-season championship will now be known as the Silk Road Cup.  The playoff championship trophy remains the Petrov Cup, and it is currently in the possession of Dynamo St. Petersburg, who opened the season today with a rematch of the 2017-18 Final against their city rivals SKA-Neva.   Read on, for a quick primer.

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The VHL and PVHL in 2018-19


Where we left off in the VHL: Dynamo St. Petersburg players celebrate winning the Petrov Cup earlier this spring.  (Image Source)

A couple of weeks ago we got the KHL schedule for 2018-19, and now we know the specifics of the upcoming season in Russia’s second- and third-tier men’s professional hockey leagues, the VHL and PVHL.  Both of the lower leagues have seen some shuffling of teams, so read on for those details and others…

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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!


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 (

This and That (Updated)


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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Dynamo Take the Petrov Cup


Dynamo St. Petersburg hoist the Petrov Cup!  (Image Source)

Domestic Russian hockey spent most of this week handing out championship trophies in various leagues, and on Friday it was the turn of the VHL, the country’s second-tier men’s league.  The Petrov Cup Final featured an all-St. Petersburg cast of teams, as Dynamo took on SKA-Neva.  In today’s Game 6 of the Final, a close-fought 1-1 tie was broken late by Dynamo’s Dmitry Molodtsov, who scored to give his team a 2-1 victory and secure them the title by four games to two.  Read on!


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Finals Week, and Other Notes


Newly-appointed Russian men’s national team coach Ilya Vorobyov. (Image Source)

This is a bit of a “tidying-up” sort of post; it includes updates on all of the various league Finals going on or starting this week, as well as some news from the FHR and previews of imminent international hockey attractions.  So read on, as we go all over the place!

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The Banks of the Neva (Updated)


Dynamo St. Petersburg’s Alexander Kulagin (#82) fights through the chaos in front of the Zauralye Kurgan net in search of yet another goal.  (Image Source)

The 2017-18 Petrov Cup Final, in the VHL (Russia’s second-tier men’s professional league) will be an all-St. Petersburg affair!  Local teams Dynamo and SKA-Neva, the top two seeds coming into the post-season, have duly made their way to the championship round.  Read on, for a quick look back at the semifinal round, and ahead to the Final!

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The VHL Semifinals (and a note on a tragedy)


Goalie Ilyas Gafiullin receives congratulations from team-mate Denis Sander after Zauralye Kurgan eliminated Yermak Angarsk in the second round of the VHL playoffs. (Image Source)


First of all, and before we begin, a very sad note.  Yesterday brought dreadful news for residents of the city of Kemerovo, in Siberia 200 km. north of Novokuznetsk.  A fire broke out in a shopping mall complex in the city, killing at least 64 people — many of them children — with the death toll almost certain to rise significantly.  The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.  I would take this opportunity to extend all sympathies and condolences to the victims of the fire and to their families and friends.  Just an awful event, and thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kemerovo.


Read on, for hockey matters.

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