Category Archives: VHL

More Finals!

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Dynamo Balashikha celebrate their 2017 Bratina Cup championship on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

The KHL may have wrapped up its action for 2016-17, with SKA St. Petersburg the Gagarin Cup champions, but there are still games being played in some Russian domestic leagues.  We noted yesterday that HK Rostok had won the country’s third-tier professional men’s championship; today, the second-level VHL wrapped up its title race, so read on for a recap of that result, and some other notes as well!

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All Square Through Two

So now it is a best-of-five!  Honours were shared equally through the first two games of the Gagarin Cup Final; SKA St. Petersburg and Metallurg Magnitogorsk have a victory apiece as the series moves back to the former’s home on the bank of the Okkervil River.  Read on, for a recap of those fascinating first two games, and a very quick look at playoff developments in a couple of other leagues!

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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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Checking in With the Lower Leagues

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Saryarka Karaganda goalie Denis Peretyagin makes a save against Zvezda Chekhov during Round 1 of the VHL playoffs. (Image Source)

The KHL playoffs’ second round began yesterday, with all series now one game in.  No one was too surprised to see CSKA Moscow and Metallurg Magnitogorsk win their openers, versus Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Barys Astana respectively, although the Magnitogorsk fans will be hoping that whatever illness kept Sergei Mozyakin out of the lineup today is of short duration.  Ak Bars Kazan, meanwhile, captured home-ice advantage with an opening-game overtime victory over Avangard in Omsk, while Dynamo Moscow provided the big early shock with an overtime win in St. Petersburg against SKA.  3-2 was the final in that one, with Maxim Karpov scoring all three goals for Dynamo.

Our attention this evening, however, is on the post-season happenings in the VHL (previously updated here) and the MHL, the latter of whose regular season just finished up.  Read on!

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More Playoffs!

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Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk (in white) and SKA-Neva St. Petersburg, the top two teams of the VHL regular season, battle each other early in 2016-17.  (Image Source)

It was not only the KHL that set sail into 2016-17’s post-season waters this past week; the second-tier VHL has also embarked on its playoff journey.  Read on, as we take a quick look at that league’s first round, and at a couple of other playoff-related items as well.

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Players of Interest Update: Sept. 23rd, 2016

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Linus Omark had some reasons to be happy on Thursday! (Image Source)

A day late due to yesterday’s World Cup of Hockey excitement, but here we are.  It was a somewhat eventful week for at least one of our six players of particular interest, and not in a good way.  For others, things went better (see image above) — read on!

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The Big Map, Redux

Last summer, I did up a big Google map showing the various teams of the KHL and VHL, and I’m happy to say that it is finally updated for 2016-17.  The map itself, and a couple of notes, below the jump!

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Some News Notes: Schedules & the Like

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Dynamo vs. Spartak at the Arkady Chernyshyov Memorial Tournament last week. (Image Source)

Time to take a quick break from the previews in order to get a little bit of news out of the way.  Schedules and full team lineups are now out for several different Russian leagues, and we have KHL pre-season hockey to talk about as well.  Unfortunately, not all of the pre-season goings-on have been of the good variety… read on!

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Tournament Time

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Goalmouth action in Nizhny Novgorod between Torpedo (in blue) and Dinamo Riga on Monday at the Cup of the Governor of Nizhegorod Oblast tournament. (Image Source)

KHL exhibition hockey is well underway for 2016-17 at this point, and we are about to embark on one of the more interesting parts of the league’s calendar: namely, the big pre-season tournaments.  There are several such competitions taking place between now and the beginning of the regular season on August 22nd, so read on, and we’ll take a look at the upcoming schedule! Read the rest of this entry

News Notes: Players Heading Here & There

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Pavel Datsyuk. (Image Source)

Before we leap into the matter of major player of moves of the last little while, June 15th was the deadline for KHL teams to provide evidence that their wage bills for last season were paid off, with the threat of exclusion from the 2016-17 season hanging over those still in arrears.  Now, no one has been kicked out of the league to this point, but we did get some idea late in the week of what might be going on.  KHL Players’ Union President Andrei Kovalenko commented on Friday that he was particularly concerned about what was going on at HK Sochi and at Dynamo Moscow.  Sochi have had a number of brushes with financial trouble, and Dynamo have already been given an extension until June 30th to get things in order.  On the bright side, Kovalenko had earlier indicated that Amur Khabarovsk and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod have paid off their arrears, and are presumably in the clear for next season.

 

There have also been some worries raised in the past few days about the ongoing viability of Dinamo Riga.  The problem here is not wage debt, but simply lack of sponsorship money, and the Latvian club has been given until the end of the month to provide the necessary financial guarantees for next season.

These are all situations to watch very closely as the days go by, but, in the meantime, let us turn our attention to some of the players who will be wearing new uniforms (or not) next season.  Read on!

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