Gold at the Euros!

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Team Russia players after receiving their gold medals at the Under-16 Girls’ Euros on Sunday.  (Image Source)

As we mentioned last time, this past weekend saw the first-ever Under-16 Girls’ European Championship, with Budapest, Hungary, as the inaugural host city.  Team Russia was in attendance, and… well, you can probably figure out from the picture above how it all went.  Read on, then, for a recap of Russia’s gold-medal campaign at the new tournament!

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Women’s Hockey Update: April 26th, 2017

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Defender Yelena Provorova scores Russia’s winner in the bronze-medal game at the 2017 U18 Women’s Worlds.  Provorova will captain her country’s first-ever U16 Girls’ team, starting tomorrow.  (Image Source)

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new era in international women’s hockey, with the opening the first IIHF-sanctioned national team tournament at the U16 Girls’ level!  Read on, for a look at Russia’s roster at that tournament, and some other notes as well.

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Russia Wraps up Bronze at the U18 Worlds

Well, the main mission was accomplished; Russia’s medal drought at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship, which extended back to 2011, came to an end today when the youngsters downed Sweden by a 3-0 score to take third place in the tournament in Slovakia.  Read on, for a recap of the medal round and some thoughts.

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Krasnaya Armiya Take the Kharlamov Cup

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Krasnaya Armiya Moscow celebrate after winning the Kharlamov Cup on Saturday.  (Image Source)

The 2016-17 season is in the history books in Russia’s top junior league; Krasnaya Armiya Moscow, junior side of CSKA Moscow, defeated Reaktor Nizhnekamsk today to complete a four-game sweep of the Kharlamov Cup Final.  Read on, for some thoughts!

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The U18 Worlds Enter the Medal Round

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Mark Rubinchik celebrates his OT winner versus the Czechs on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

The Group Stage at the 2017 Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Slovakia is over, and — despite a couple of bumpy moments in their opening games — the young Russians are through to the quarterfinals.  Read on, for a look back at Team Russia’s first four games, and a look ahead to what comes next.

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More Finals!

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Dynamo Balashikha celebrate their 2017 Bratina Cup championship on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

The KHL may have wrapped up its action for 2016-17, with SKA St. Petersburg the Gagarin Cup champions, but there are still games being played in some Russian domestic leagues.  We noted yesterday that HK Rostok had won the country’s third-tier professional men’s championship; today, the second-level VHL wrapped up its title race, so read on for a recap of that result, and some other notes as well!

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No Doubts

It is done, and in the end, there was no doubt at all who the better team was.  As mentioned in a brief post here earlier, SKA St. Petersburg are the 2016-17 Gagarin Cup champions, having defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk in five games.  Read on, for a recap of the decisive match (highlights above) and some thoughts about the series as a whole.

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SKA are Champions!

SKA St. Petersburg finished off a triumphant 2016-17 KHL campaign today, lifting the Gagarin Cup thanks to a 5-3 victory over Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Game 5 of the Final.  Later on today, we will have a full recap of Game 5, and some thoughts about the Final, but for now: Congratulations to SKA, and all respect to Metallurg as well!

Nearly There for SKA

SKA St. Petersburg find themselves just one win away from their second Gagarin Cup triumph, and their second in three years to boot!  How has their 3-1 series lead come to pass?  Read on, for recaps of the last two games, some MVP speculation, and an odd developing story that just cropped up today.

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The Under-18 Men’s Worlds Get Underway

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Goalie Maxim Zhukov and his team-mates prepare to face Sweden at the Under-18 Men’s World Championship today.  (Image Source)

The opening games of the Under-18 Men’s World Championship took place today, in the Slovakian towns of Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves, and Team Russia got off to a decent start.  Dire through the first two periods against Sweden, but trailing only 1-0, the young Russians rebounded with three goals in the final stanza to win 3-1.  Read on, for a look at the roster assembled by head coach Sergei Golubovich and his staff.

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