Guest Post: The KHL and the Champions Hockey League

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KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko.  (Image Source)

Editor’s note: I am very happy to turn the blog over this evening to Tomáš Vorčák (@vorkywh24 on Twitter), who has some thoughts to share on the relationship between the KHL and the Champions Hockey League.  Tomáš is an excellent source of KHL news and information, and I hope that you find his words on the current state of pan-European hockey as interesting as I did.  Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: March 1st, 2017

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Arktik-Universitet Ukhta goalie Alyona Kropachyova gets her toe on a shot to rob Yelena Podkammenaya of Biryusa Krasnoyarsk during Women’s Hockey League action last week.  (Image Source)

As discussed here last week, the 2016-17 Women’s Hockey League championship has been decided, with Tornado Moscow Oblast the winner for the third straight season.  There is still hockey to be played, and standings places to be decided, in the league.  Read on, as we discuss those, take a look at some interesting expansion news, and cover a couple of other items as well!

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Vladimir Petrov, 1947-2017

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Vladimir Petrov. (Image Source)

Russian hockey, and indeed the world of hockey in general, was in mourning today after hearing of the death in a Moscow hospital of Vladimir Petrov.  Petrov, 69 years old, was an all-time hockey great, a member of one of the sport’s most famous forward lines through the 1970s.  Read on, as we take a look back at his life and career.

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More Playoffs!

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Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk (in white) and SKA-Neva St. Petersburg, the top two teams of the VHL regular season, battle each other early in 2016-17.  (Image Source)

It was not only the KHL that set sail into 2016-17’s post-season waters this past week; the second-tier VHL has also embarked on its playoff journey.  Read on, as we take a quick look at that league’s first round, and at a couple of other playoff-related items as well.

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Playoff Update

The first-round KHL playoffs series are all three games in at this point, and as usual some teams have one foot in the second round already while others are facing a lot more hockey before things are settled.  Some firsts and mosts and fastests have cropped up as well in this first post-season week, so read on for a quick look at how each series is going.

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Long Shots

It is, as the old cliché goes, the goalie’s worst nightmare (one of them, anyway) and it came to visit Mikhail Biryukov of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday evening.  With his team in overtime, looking to level their first-round playoff series against Dynamo Moscow at a game apiece, Biryukov utterly failed to deal with a shot by opposing defenseman Andrei Kuteikin — a shot that was unleashed from the far-off realm of centre ice.  It was a Bad Goal, one that the more unimaginative hockey commentators will name “One The Goalie Would Like To Have Back.”  Worse, it gave Dynamo a 3-2 victory in the game, and a 2-0 lead in the series.  Read on, as we travel down memory lane and discover that it was not the first time a Dynamo Moscow rearguard has scored a vital goal in a big game from a different time-zone.

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Tornado: Champions Again!

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Tornado Moscow Oblast: 2016-17 Champions of Russia! (Image Source)

For the third straight season, and the ninth in the last twelve, Tornado Moscow Oblast are Champions of Russia’s Women’s Hockey League.  This had been foreseeable for some time, but its mathematical certainty was achieved today.  Read on, as we take a look at the championship, other action from around the league, and a few other things as well.

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2016-17 KHL Playoffs Round 1 Preview: East

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Really, who did you think I was going to put here?  (Image Source)

The West Conference playoffs (previewed here yesterday) got rolling today, and the opening games produced no real surprises — four wins by top seeds was the result.  On Wednesday, it will be the turn of the East Conference, so read on for a quick look at each of those series, and some tentative predicting!

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2016-17 KHL Playoffs Round 1 Preview: West

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A happy Ilya Kovalchuk, here celebrating a goal with Yegor Yakovlev, may mean an unhappy rest of the West Conference.  (Image Source)

It’s time!  The 2016-17 KHL playoffs get underway on Tuesday, as the eight qualifiers from the West Conference take to the ice.  Read on, as we run the eye over the four Round 1 series from the West, and try to figure who will still be standing at the end, and why.

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Decision Day

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Sibir Novosibirsk (in blue) and Admiral Vladivostok (white), here shown prior to a KHL game earlier this season, are two of the East Conference teams still vying for a playoff spot (Kunlun Red Star Beijing are the other).  (Image Source)

The KHL’s 2016-17 regular season comes to an end tomorrow, as 24 teams take to the ice in the last round of games.  Much remains to be determined, including: the league’s regular-season champion, two playoff spots, and the composition of seven out of eight first-round playoff series.  Read on, for a little discussion of what tomorrow might bring with regards to at least the first two of those undecided elements!

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