There was a great deal of excitement in the Women’s Hockey League this past week, as the regular season neared its end and the playoff picture clarified itself. Away from the team standings, the individual scoring race took a dramatic turn as well. And even amongst the non-playoff sides, there was plenty to talk about, as one club in particular looked to end a years-long run of futility. Read on…
Round 2 of the Kharlamov Cup playoffs in the MHL, Russia’s top men’s junior league, finished up last week, and we are now on the eve of Round 3: the semifinal round. Read on, for quick look at what happened in the quarterfinals, and a peek ahead to the pairings for the final four!
Once again, I am very happy to turn the blog over to Tomáš Vorčák (@vorkywh24 on Twitter), who has been keeping a close eye on developments regarding the KHL’s new strategic plan, unveiled about ten months ago. Mr. Vorčák’s last article was in December, and now he is back to talk about this week’s meeting of the KHL Board of Directors. I gave a very fast update on the meeting on Wednesday, and now Mr. Vorčák has some more in-depth analysis of the situation, and some very interesting notes on how the Board functions. Read on!
We’re a day late, if not a dollar short, with this preview; the West Conference Final actually got underway today as CSKA Moscow visited SKA in St. Petersburg. It was a wild and entertaining game, that featured one of the “cometh the hour, cometh the man” storylines that the playoffs toss up every once in awhile. CSKA’s Andrei Kuzmenko, who scored a 13-12-25 in 45 games this season and actually spent some time on the farm team in the VHL, popped up to score a hat-trick, the third goal of which secured his team a 5-4 win in overtime. So CSKA, perhaps a touch surprisingly, have the early 1-0 series lead. Can they hold on to it? And what will happen in the East series between Ak Bars Kazan and Traktor Chelyabinsk (that one starts tomorrow)? Read on…
The KHL’s new strategic plan, unveiled last year, got its first big test today, as the League’s Board of Governors met to determine, among the other things, the composition of the league for the coming season and the details of the salary cap. A full recap of what was decided can be seen at the league website, but read on here for a quick discussion of the main points.
There was a lot of hockey played in the Women’s Hockey League over the past seven days, and we have recaps of it all, and some discussion of what it all signified for the upcoming playoffs and for the scoring race. Do read on for that, and for the final resolution of the national Under-18 championship!
First of all, and before we begin, a very sad note. Yesterday brought dreadful news for residents of the city of Kemerovo, in Siberia 200 km. north of Novokuznetsk. A fire broke out in a shopping mall complex in the city, killing at least 64 people — many of them children — with the death toll almost certain to rise significantly. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. I would take this opportunity to extend all sympathies and condolences to the victims of the fire and to their families and friends. Just an awful event, and thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kemerovo.
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There was not too much in the way of Women’s Hockey League action this past week, with just two pairs of games on the schedule. There was, however, the final qualifying tournament of the amateur League of Women’s Hockey, so the national championship tournament teams for that are all set. And there was some deep drama in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League playoffs — read on!
A week or so ago we looked at the then-impending first round of the playoffs in the MHL — Russia’s top-tier men’s junior league. Well, that round is now complete, as the series were all best-of-five, and we have the pairings for the last eight. Read on, for a quick recap of the opening series with some discussion of key performers, and of course a look at those upcoming match-ups in the second round.
So I goofed. Somehow, a bit of KHL re-scheduling news got past me, and I did not realize that the East Conference second round games also started today along with the West. Hence the quotation marks around “preview” — read on, for East Conference “previews” with the results of today’s games duly taken into account!