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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Live-Tweeting the Olympics!

Still napping!  Although there will be new content soon, I promise.

In the meantime, this is just a quick note to let you know that I am live-tweeting some of the Olympic hockey games for Olympic Hockey News, for whom I also contribute articles.  I covered Latvia vs. Switzerland earlier today (heartbreak for the Latvians), and will be on again at 3:00 AM Eastern Time for the game between Finland and Austria.  I will also be covering Russia vs. Slovenia at 7:30 AM Eastern.  Do give us a follow - the account is @OlympicHckyNews!

I will update this post when I learn which future games I'll be doing.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The End of the Road? No!

Hello again, and a Happy New Year to everyone!

Apologies for the radio silence around here lately.  It has been a very busy month, especially on the blogging front.  At Olympic Hockey News, we are avidly sifting through the Olympic roster announcements which are now underway, and anticipating the word on that front from the Russian Hockey Federation (that should be along tomorrow).  I have also been covering the KHL for a new site at Puckrant, which went live in mid-December!  I both encourage and beseech you to give a look to those sites - there are some wonderful people writing about hockey at both!

As for what is going on here, no, we are not finished - hooray!  However, writing for three different sites right now is a bit of a stretch for me, so you may consider The Road to Khabarovsk to be having a nice relaxing nap for the time being.  And it will be somewhat different when it wakes up.  Most of my "newsy" sort of KHL blogging will be going on at Puckrant, and what I would like to do with this space is write some of the longer, more historical, pieces about Russian and Soviet hockey that I've been thinking about writing for some time.  As I mentioned, however, things are fairly busy at the moment, so that is for the future.  In the meantime, this site won't be entirely silent -- I will drop by and post things from time to time, but it will be on a highly irregular basis.  The Road to Khabarovsk tumblr page will continue to tumbl.

Once again, I do urge you check out both Puckrant and Olympic Hockey News, and we will see you here again in the near future!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Fetisov Speaks, Again

Vyacheslav Fetisov at an Old-Timers game in Toronto, 2008 (photo by Horge, via Wikimedia Commons)
The last time we heard from Vyacheslav Fetisov in these pages was about a year ago, the Representative for Primorsky Krai was in the midst of his successful attempt to attract a KHL team to the shores of the Sea of Japan, and was talking up KHL expansion in a fairly big way.  More recently, however, his name has come up in connection with a federal law, currently under consideration, that would prohibit companies owned by the Government of Russia from themselves owning or sponsoring professional sports clubs.  I noted in the first post here about the law that I was looking forward to hearing what Fetisov himself had to say on the matter, and my wish was granted last week, when he gave an interview to the press, excerpts of which appeared in Sovsport.

Below the jump, highlights of that interview, and thoughts on it!

Friday, December 6, 2013

2013-14 Season Preview: Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

We checked in a couple of weeks ago with Avtomobilist, noting that last season's KHL doormats have improved significantly this season and exploring the reasons for that resurgence.  In fact, since that article was written, they have done even better, and are back ranked among the playoff teams, although they have played more games than the surrounding teams.  Unsurprisingly, there was a great deal of movement in the Avtomobilist roster over the off-season, and the team seems to be enjoying the results of those changes.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013-14 Season Preview: Dynamo Moscow

Dynamo Moscow, of course, are the defending Gagarin Cup champions twice over, and they are showing little sign that their best days are behind them so far in 2013-14.  They are steady on defense, well-coached, and have enough scoring punch to make them all-round tough opposition.  Can they continue to fend off high-powered SKA St. Petersburg, and keep the Gagarin Cup in the capital?

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Blow For Admiral (Updated)

Hannu Jortikka watches on during a 2013-14 preseason game. (Photo via Ilta-Sanomat)
Over the first few months of their existence, Admiral Vladivostok have had a pretty good run.  Their record going into today was 13-18, just fine for an expansion team, and they have been drawing decent crowds to Fetisov Hall to watch them play.  However, the team got some very bad news today, as Coach Hannu Jortikka, one of the KHL's most engaging figures, resigned due to family reasons (apparently his wife is in very poor health).

More below the jump!

Ownership (Updated)

A train belonging to Barys Astana's main sponsor makes its way across the landscape.  (Photo via Railpage)
Here then, below the jump, is the official Road to Khabarovsk guide to KHL ownership!  I warn you that the world of international finance is not one with which I am well-versed at all, and I humbly ask that any horrible errors people might find be pointed out in the comments.

Click on, to learn who owns your favourite KHL team (or at least, to learn who I think owns your favourite KHL team)!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013-14 Season Preview: Vityaz Moscow Oblast

"Change" was the watchword for Vityaz this past summer, as the team not only brought in a large number of new players, but also moved up the road from Chekhov to Podolsk, and adopted the "Moscow Oblast" place name.  Would it be enough to reverse the fortunes of a team whose ineptitude and goonery on the ice, and generally shadiness off it, have long caused to be seen as the KHL's running joke?

Trouble Brewing?

The State Duma Building in Moscow (Photo via Vimac)
There is a very interesting piece of legislation beginning its trek through the Russian Parliament this week, a law which, if passed, will have a fairly significant impact on professional sports in the country, including the KHL.  This legislation, which involves amendments to Articles 4 and 7 of Federal Law N-147 FZ "On Natural Monopolies, would prohibit state-owned companies from funding or sponsoring professional sports teams.  Needless to say, it is causing a bit of an uproar.  Interestingly, one of the law's sponsors is our old friend Slava Fetisov, who pushed very hard to bring the KHL to Vladivostok and is generally known for being quite bullish about the league.

Below the jump, we will consider the possible ramifications for KHL in the future!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013-14 Preview: Lev Prague

Lev nosed their way into the playoffs in their inaugural season in 2012-13, although they failed to win a game once there.  This season, so far, has represented more of the same -- Lev are battling along in the middle of the West Conference, not looking particularly like a threat to the big boys, but not pushovers either, by any means.  There have been some interesting moves involving the Lev lineup, however.  Have they been for the better, or not?

Friday, November 22, 2013

All-Star Voting!

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It's that time of year again!  Above you will see the official Road to Khabarovsk ballot for the 2014 KHL All-Star game, to be played this time around in Bratislava, Slovakia.  You can cast your own vote here, voting once per day up until the noon, Moscow time, on the 28th of November!

Below the jump, a brief examination of the rationale behind my choices!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013-14 Preview: Admiral Vladivostok

Finnish coach Hannu Jortikka was already a legend in the Far East even before taking on the job as Admiral Vladivostok's first coach, having led Amur Khabarovsk to the playoffs in 2011-12.  Now, he is in the midst of writing another good story out there, with a big assist from a kid scooped up out of a junior system on the other side of the country.