Women’s Hockey Update: October 25th, 2018


Gorny Ukhta’s Yelena Vodopyanova on the rush during a 2017-18 Women’s Hockey league game against SK Sverdlovsk Oblast. (Image Source)

Time to get caught on doings in the Women’s Hockey League, which is approaching the halfway point of the 2018-19 campaign.  In fact, three teams have reached the midway mark of the season, having played 18 games.  Rather than recap all the recent results, below the jump we’ll take a quick look at the first halves for each of these three squads, as well as talk a bit of amateur hockey and check in with the Russian players in North American women’s leagues.  Read on!

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Quarter Pole



Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg take to the ice, and they’ve been bad news for any opponent in 2018-19 so far.  (Image Source)

The 2018-19 KHL season is through its first quarter, and as the teams head into the back stretch and towards the impending November break, it’s time to take a bit of a look at how that first quarter-and-a-bit have gone.  Read on, for splits, and some chit-chat!

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 17th, 2018


The U18 Russian women’s national team preparing for last weekend’s Kuortane Cup tournament in Finland.  (Image Source)

Ok, time to start getting caught up on things here, and we will start with international action from earlier this month.  The Russian Under-18 Women’s national team made its second tournament appearance of 2018-19 in early October in Kuortane Finland, playing for the Kuortane Cup against the host country plus the Czechs and Norwegians (you can see the full Russian roster for the tournament in the last women’s hockey update).  Read on, for a recap of that tournament, plus a look at the first round of the U18 amateur women’s club championship in Russia!

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Quick Note

Regular blogging will resume here this weekend, with lots to talk about in both men’s and women’s hockey in Russia!  Until then, you may ponder the fact that a team in this, 2018-19, KHL season has begun by winning their first 16 games… and that that team is Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (see photo above).

Women’s Hockey Update: October 3rd, 2018 (Part 2)


The Russian U18 women’s national team in training for the upcoming Kuortane Cup tournament.  (Image Source)

As promised, the second part of this two-part women’s hockey update!  Yesterday, we talked about the recent games in the Women’s Hockey League; tonight we turn our attention to goings-on in Russian U18 women’s hockey, at all levels.  Read on, for the opening results of the national championship at that age level, and previews of some quickly-upcoming tournaments!


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Women’s Hockey Update: October 2nd, 2018 (Part 1)


Agidel Ufa’s Elina Mitrofanova finds the going a bit heavy in front of the Dynamo St. Petersburg net during Women’s Hockey League action last week.  Mitrofanova would get some revenge, however, as Agidel won two of their three games in St. Petersburg. (Image Source)

This will be a two-parter of a women’s hockey update, for reasons entirely of post length.  This evening will be all about the last ten day’s doings in the Women’s Hockey League, where five different three-game series took place.  Tomorrow, we’ll discuss matters outside the Women’s Hockey League, including some upcoming U18 international hockey.  So read on, for recaps of some very interesting games, and the merciful end of one streak that had gone on far too long!

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The Unlikelies


Amur Khabarovsk goalie Yevgeny Alikin. (Image Source)

It happens every season: we get ready the Kaprisovs, Gusevs, Sorokins, et al. to their thing (and they do, and are doing their things in 2018-19).  But the early days of the season also tends to toss up a few unlikely heroes — guys with short, or long but generally un-noted, playing resumes who suddenly are making all sorts of good headlines.  And while, not to mention because, they tend to fade away over the course of the long season (that is why they are not counted among the Kaprizovs, Gusevs, Sorokins, et al.), I think it worthwhile to give at least a few of them a tip of the hat while we can.  So read on, as we do just that with six unlikely stars of the early going in the KHL of 2018-19!

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Women’s Hockey Update: Sept. 19th, 2018


A tough day at the office for Dynamo St. Petersburg goalie Valeriya Merkusheva against SKIF Nizhny Novgorod last week. (Image Source)

With a week and a half of 2018-19 Women’s Hockey League games now in the books, time for an update on that league and its early goings-on this season.  There have been some very interesting results already, as well as some bravura performances from some of the league’s big players.  Read on, for some recaps, but a few other tidbits of news!


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Sibir Switch Coaches


An all-too-common scene already this season, as the puck finds its way in the Sibir Novosibirsk net. (Image Source)

Sometimes, I get it entirely wrong.  “Definitely a team to keep an eye on,” I wrote in my  2018-19 preview of Sibir Novosibirsk Oblast, after suggesting that Sibir might even be a possible division winner.  Well, that looks a ludicrously sunny prognostication indeed right now.  The team from central Siberia — 0-6, with no points, and having been outscored 25-9 — will go down in the books as the first KHL team of this season to change coaches.  Gone is Vladimir Yurzinov, Jr. (“I think Yurzinov is exactly the right guy to look after this roster as it heads into the next stage of the rebuilding process,” said I, blithely), and his replacement will be ex-Admiral head coach Alexander Andriyevsky.  Read on, for what went awry, and what happens now.

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SKA St. Petersburg in 2018-19

Eras have ended at SKA St. Petersburg, after a 2017-18 campaign in which they lost just five times in regulation during the regular season but were unceremoniously dumped from the playoffs at the semifinal stage by CSKA Moscow.  Gone is coach Oleg Znarok, replaced both for club and country by Ilya Vorobyov.  Gone is Ilya Kovalchuk, who last season became the first player not named Radulov or Mozyakin to win the KHL scoring title.  And gone are a number of other well-known names from this immensely powerful team, as the KHL heads towards the imposition of a hard salary cap.  But this is still SKA St. Petersburg, and there are some big names among the incoming players as well… read on. Read the rest of this entry