Category Archives: Weekly News Notes

Scheduling Note

I am off traveling this weekend, so KHL team previews will resume early next week (Slovan Bratislava is the next up).

In the meantime, however, there was a significant bit of hockey news on Thursday, which you can append to this week’s Women’s Hockey Update.  Forward Alexandra Vafina is on her way from Women’s Hockey League champions Agidel Ufa to SKIF Nizhny Novgorod.  The former University of Calgary standout joined Agidel early in 2017-18, and scored 6-11-17 in 20 games before adding two goals and two assists in five playoff contests.  Still only 27, Vafina has played for Russia at eight World Championships and two Olympic Games, though (perhaps oddly) she was not included on the 2018 Games roster.  She represents an huge acquisition for SKIF, who were a bit of a surprise playoff team last season after a couple of campaigns rebuilding from their youth program.

Have a good weekend, and see you all early next week!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 17th, 2018

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Forward Darya Teryoshkina in action for the University of Maine in the NCAA last season.  The 20-year-old from Chelyabinsk has caught the eye of the Russian team selectors this summer — more on that below!  (Image Source)

As the new season nears (indications are that the Women’s Hockey League season will begin on September 9th), the pace of news in Russian women’s hockey is also picking up.  And there have been some heavy tidings in the first part of July, including: a Women’s Hockey League team on the move, an unpleasant situation at the league’s defending champions, some players coming and going, and a first look at some of the prospective Russian national-teamers in 2018-19.  Read on!

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This and That (Updated)

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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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A Walk Through the KHL: October 25th, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Wow.

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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