Category Archives: Weekly News Notes

A Walk Through the KHL: December 10th, 2019

Google doodle in honour of the 101st birthday of famous CSKA Moscow and Soviet national team head coach Anatoli Tarasov. (Image Source)

Yesterday’s games marked the last KHL action before the second break in the 2019-20 schedule, with matches set to resume on December 17th. That means international play, and the Channel One Cup, the Russian leg of the men’s Euro Hockey Tour, starts later this week. In the next couple of days, we’ll talk about Russia’s roster for that tournament, as well as some other international hockey goings-on, but now it’s time for KHL news notes. Read on; we’ve got a note or two per team, and some words on the latest developments in the Vitali Kravsov saga.

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A Walk Through the KHL: December 3rd, 2019

Traktor Chelyabinsk’s video to say goodbye to longtime netminder Vasili Demchenko, who is off to Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

There is a lot to get through in this edition of the KHL news notes! We have players of the week (Week 12), players of the month (November), and the release of the fan-voting results for the KHL All-Star Game in January! But this one is really all about the goalies; three well-known KHL ‘tenders changed teams in the past week, while two of their highly-rated young netminding colleagues made their league debuts. Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: November 18th, 2019

Ak Bars Kazan goalie Timur Bilyalov, who set an impressive new KHL mark this past week. (Image Source)

KHL teams have now been back in game action for a full week since the end of the international break, and though the number of players switching has slowed for a moment, there were still a few such moves in the past seven days. In addition, there was an impressive record-breaking feat this past week, we’ve got a mess on our hands at Traktor Chelyabinsk, and there’s a lot more besides (including a cat story). Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: November 12th, 2019

The KHL is back in action — games resumed on Tuesday after the recent international break (full update on on the international action when the last ongoing series, the U20 Canada/Russia Series, is all done)! However, teams have hardly been idle for the past week or so, and a number of players have switched teams. And we have new arenas on the way, a couple of teams having some fun with Don Cherry, and so on and so forth — read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: November 4th, 2019

And the hottest team in the KHL heading into the November break is… Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk? Yes, indeed it is! (Image Source)

The KHL pauses for breath at this point, as the 2019-20 season’s first week-long break for international play begins on Tuesday. It’s a time for teams to take stock of the season so far, work on some tactical fixes, and so on. It’s also a time for teams to work in a new coach, if need be, and indeed there has now been a fourth bench boss dismissed in the KHL this season. Read on for some discussion of that move, and we’ll take stock of how the teams that changed coaches earlier in the season are doing. Plus, there’s some interesting legal news at Jokerit, and other bits and pieces as well!

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 28th, 2019

Vitali Kravtsov. (Image Source)

It is Monday, and so time for another round of KHL news notes! This week, the league welcomes back a young star whose quest for fame and fortune abroad hit some early roadbumps. There is also a new coach at HK Sochi, the Republic of Finland is taking over in Novosibirsk in a big way, a Stanley Cup champion goes to Beijing, and there are other bits and pieces of news as well. Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 21st, 2019

Alexander Samonov is on the move to SKA St. Petersburg after some spectacular early work for Vityaz Moscow Oblast. (Image Source)

A mildly delayed set of news notes (ok, only delayed by a few hours, but still)! The past few days have seen some interesting developments in the KHL, including a blockbuster trade involving a struggling giant and one of the league’s upstart teams of 2019-20. Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 17th, 2019

Admiral Vladivostok’s Slovakian forward Martin Bakoš, whose play is helping write a very interesting story out in Russia’s Far East this season. (Image Source)

Blogging resumes, and it resumes with our weekly look at KHL news! There were some significant changes in the league over the past ten days or so; the list of coaches fired in 2019-20 is now three names long, and one of the KHL’s longest-serving executives has also been shown the door. Read on!

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 7th, 2019

Admiral Vladivostok players watch a video tribute to defenceman Samvel Mnatsyan before their game on Monday against Neftekhimik. (Image Source)

It is Monday, so time for another stroll the last week’s news for each KHL team. Some of the news this week, unfortunately, was of the sad variety, as the KHL mourned the loss, far too young, of one of its own. Read on, for that story, and the other tidings of the last seven days.

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 1st, 2019

SKA’s young netminder Alexei Melnichuk, who’s had a spectacular start to his KHL career. (Image Source)

It is time for another team-by-team stroll through the weekly tidings in the KHL! First of all, however, the big news of the past week from the KHL was that the league’s 2019-20 coaching casualties now number two, with the dismissal of coach Craig MacTavish from his post at Lokomotiv Yaroslavl last Tuesday. MacTavish joins Josef Jandač, fired in early September by Metallurg Magnitogorsk on the list of 2019-20 coaching removals. Read on, as we take a more detailed look at what happened with MacTavish, and the standard weekly team-by-team list of news items is there as well (a fair bit about goalies in this one, plus some other bits and pieces)!

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