Category Archives: Weekly News Notes

A Walk Through the KHL: October 25th, 2017


Barys Astana’s Nigel Dawes has his sights set on some goalscoring records… (Image Source)

To the KHL we go, to get caught up on some news of the last couple of weeks!  Read on, as we check out a nightmarish 17 minutes for Traktor Chelyabinsk, look in on the secret(s) of Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk’s good first half of the season, get up to date on player movement around the league, and so on and so forth!  Also, we will hear from a couple of folks on potential future developments in the league…

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 11th, 2017


Sean Collins of HK Sochi, scorer of (another) historic goal today!  (Image Source)

Well, step forward if you had HK Sochi as the team that would finally put an end to SKA St Petersburg’s unbeaten start to the season!  SKA had emerged from their first 20 contests as victors, but in the 21st, today in St. Petersburg, their visitors from the Black Sea got the better of them.  Only just barely, mind you — a 3-2 final score in overtime — but the streak is over.  Sean Collins will go down in the history books as the man who scored the winner, and it’s not his first historic KHL goal either; Collins scored the first ever goal for Kunlun Red Star Beijing last season (h/t to @IronCaniac for that reminder).

And so SKA “fall” to 20-1 on the 2017-18 season!  But what about the rest of the league?  Read on, for our (slightly delayed this time) weekly walk through the KHL, which includes another streak (the other kind) coming to an end, the season’s fifth coaching change, and a small black cat on public transit…

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 1st, 2017


Portrait of a young goalie who is back on his game: Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Ilya Samsonov. (Image Source)

Another week of the 2017-18 KHL season is behind us, and this one saw the ends of three sizeable losing streaks (but the continuation of another)!  We also have something of a scheduling SNAFU involving Kunlun Red Star Beijing, a whopping great suspension (thoroughly deserved), a few players moving here and there, and other items of that sort.  Read on, for this week’s news notes!

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A Walk Through the KHL: September 24th, 2017


Amur Khabarovsk’s rink undergoes the transformation from IIHF to North American dimensions.  (Image Source)

Herewith we start up again with the weekly KHL news notes!  As with last season, each team gets a short mention of something newsworthy or interesting each week.  And as before, I have arranged the teams in order of the current Conference standings.  It is my intention to have this be an “every Sunday” feature, so read on… although on this occasion we start with a particularly horrible news story involving a name from the era of hockey in the Soviet Union.

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A Walk Through the KHL: Dec. 5th, 2016


Metallurg Novokuznetsk’s Andrei Kareyev, who is beginning to make something of a name for himself!  (Image Source)

Here we are with another week’s worth of news tidbits from around the KHL, including what became of the water bottle in the now-famous clip we discussed last week!  So read on for that story, a (possibly) returning KHL star, and some other bits and pieces like that…

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A Walk Through the KHL: November 29th, 2016

Time again to see what the KHL teams have been up to over the last week.  There were a couple of bits of sad news this time, as well as the usual roster shufflings and some interesting statistical notes as well.  First however, we will delve into what, exactly, is going on in the video above!  Read on…

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A Walk Through the KHL: Nov. 21st, 2016


Time once again for our weekly amble through the KHL’s 29 teams, so read on, for discussion of Monday’s enthralling top-of-the-table encounter, various comings and goings of players, and other such matters.  But first watch the highlight clip above two or three times — it’s worth it!

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A Walk Through the KHL: November 14th, 2016


Salavat Yulaev Ufa’s Zakhar Arzamastsev has been having a very fine time in recent games… (Image Source)

The KHL got back to work last week, after pausing to allow the youthful selections to the Russian national team to compete in the Karjala Cup (they won it, too, going a perfect 3-0).  Of course, that meant any number of interesting developments, so read on as we take a stroll through some of those, and also check in with the President of the KHL, and the President of Russia too, on hockey-related matters!

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A Walk Through the KHL: Oct 31st, 2016


Andrei Nazarov keeps an eye on the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk bench during his first game in charge of his new team.  (Image Source)

Time for another look at what each of the KHL’s 29 teams have been up to lately, as the KHL’s week-long break for international games is upon us (the league has no games scheduled between November 3rd and November 7th)!  First of all, however, we turn our attention to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, where quite a lot of rather unusual things happened in a short time this past weekend.  Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 24th, 2017


Goalmouth action between Metallurg Novokuznetsk (in red) and CSKA Moscow this past Saturday.  Sadly, the hockey news out of Novokuznetsk was not good this week… (Image Source)

Time for another stroll through what each of the KHL teams has been up to over the last week (previous edition is here), but we unfortunately must start with from rather unpleasant financial news from the eastern part of the league.  Read on…

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