Category Archives: VHL

Schedules and Suchlike

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A cheerful moment between Barys Astana’s Alikhan Asetov (l.) and Talgat Zhailauov of Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, during Friday’s exhibition game. (Image Source)

The on-ice competitive portion of the 2017-18 KHL hockey season is officially underway, albeit only in exhibition game form!  Barys Astana took on their VHL farm team, Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, on Friday and… lost 6-2.  Ah well, (very, very) early days yet (and Torpedo are an extremely strong VHL team, too).  Read on, a look at newly-released schedules, league compositions, and the like!

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The Silk Road

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John Cary’s 1806 map of Central and East Asia.  (Image Source, including full-size version of this picture!)

As mentioned in the previous post here, yesterday was a big day, news-wise, for Russian hockey.  We have covered the developments at Dynamo Moscow enough for the time being, so now we turn our attention to Tuesday’s other big announcement: a memorandum of understanding between the national hockey bodies of Russia and China on developing the sport in Asia.  The agreement includes the expected exchanges of information and expertise, and is part of the China’s fast-tracking of hockey development in advance of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.  However, the announcement also means some big changes for the VHL, Russia’s second-highest men’s professional league — no surprise, as that circuit is run directly by the Russian Hockey Federation.  Read on, as we delve a little into what it all means…

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Guest Post: The KHL’s Strategic Plan

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I am once again very happy to welcome Tomáš Vorčák (@vorkywh24 on Twitter) back to the blog for today’s post.  He has previously written here on the subjects of youth hockey in Russia, and on the relationship between the KHL and the Champions Hockey League.  Today, Tomáš has a detailed look at the KHL’s new development plan for the next few seasons, which was unveiled this past week and which represents a significant change of philosophy from the way the league used to operate.  Read on!

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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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