Friday, February 29, 2008
The NY Times has an article titled Russia Is Luring Back N.H.L. Stars by Michael Schwirtz.
I must have missed something, I thought. Some star must have chosen Russia over playing in the NHL (my NHL is sans periods).
I was setup with quotes like this one:
“Less and less players are going to the N.H.L. and more and more are coming back here,” Yashin said in an interview in English after the game. “From my perspective, there is a competition between Russian clubs and the N.H.L. for the best product on the ice.”
Ok, I must have missed a few players.
I was waiting for names. Just… want… one.
Former N.H.L. stars like Darius Kasparaitis and lesser-known N.H.L. veterans like Oleg Tverdovsky and Oleg Petrov have also settled in the league.
Names! But just like Yashin, these names weren’t of willing jumpers, but those disinterested in playing in the North American minor league system.
In the end, I never saw the name I was looking for. It was part “no NHL team wants me”-bitterness and part “the Russian League will soon pay players”-hype.
I’m not sure what to make of a Russian or European NHL competitor. It could be great (round the clock hockey!), but it could be messy (what league? what city? who’s really tops?). If nothing else, we all get to brush up on our geography.
The Times article set me up for something it didn’t deliver: an NHL star lured back to the Motherland. It could happen in the future, but it certainly hasn’t yet.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Forget about all the complaints you’ve ever heard about European hockey. I think we all need to give it a chance.
Found this via With Leather.
Can anyone tell me what level league this is from?
Admission: half the reason I posted this was to see what Alanah‘s reaction would be
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
A Reuters report details the punishments handed out to the players who were involved in the fighting during the World Championships game in the Ukraine.
Far more interesting than the current events is a mention of what Tony Iob did in 1994:
Canadian-born Iob, a ninth round Buffalo Sabres draft pick in 1991, has been involved in a long list of disturbing episodes throughout a career spent primarily in European leagues.
The most bizarre incident occurred in the 1994 Italian league season when Iob picked up a lighter from the debris thrown on the ice during a bench clearing brawl and grabbed an opponent’s jersey before attempting to set him on fire.
Lighting people on fire isn’t funny kids. But in the middle of a hockey game? Attempted while on ice? Maybe just a little of teh funny.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Flames backup goalie Roman Turek has opted out of his contract and will stay in the Czech Republic.
Update: Turek’s agent says Turek has not cancelled his contract.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Jamie Fitzpatrick takes a look at how NHL players performed over in Europe.
The NHLPA website has a complete list of NHLers in Europe.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Jes G?lbez reported the Euro leagues were getting violent compared to the games played in the regular season on Tuesday. Two days later he commented on IIHF president René Fasel going off about it. Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer brings up the situation again.
Jes sums up my own opinion well in two statements:
I take this statement [from René Fasel] to be a jab at the large amount of North American players taking up spots on European rosters these days… Methinks Rene should also cool down just a little.
Seriously. This is European hockey, stick-swinging incidents are nothing new, and as Tim Panaccio of the Inquirer points out there’s an ironic twist here: there’s a decline in fights during NHL playoff hockey, not an increase like these European leagues are seeing.
D-Ryazantsev, Karpovsky, Rakhunek, Murphy, Zhukov, Vasiliev, Krasotkin
F-Mikhnov, But, Nepryaev, Shafigulin, Schastlivy, Tkachenko, Shvidky, Korolev, Galimov, Vlasenkov, Yashin, Antropov, Kryukov
D-Gusev, Nikitin N., Koltsov, Guskov, Panov, Nikitin I., Bondarev, Tverdovsky
F-Zatonsky, Perezhogin, Kuriyanov, Popov, Bednar, Khatsey, Prokopiev, Subbotin, Nazarov, Jagr, Kalyuzhny
Probably not the names you were expecting to see.
Some more Russian hockey coverage over here in NA:
Bladed messenger - from the Toronto Star
Between August and December of 2004, Dave Bidini travelled (sic) with a film crew 4,000 kilometres, West to East, across Russia looking for the story of hockey. The results of his trip are The Hockey Nomad Goes to Russia, airing Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC, and the following piece, which relates some of the highlights.
Missing home in the homeland - From the St. Petersburg Times about Nikolai Khabibulin’s return to Russia.
Rough translation - From the St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Bay Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier returns home this week after four months of playing hockey in Russia, exiled because of the NHL lockout. This month, Times staff writer Tom Jones and photographer Dirk Shadd traveled 26 hours over three days to Kazan, 412 miles east/southeast of Moscow, to chronicle what Lecavalier described as the experience of a lifetime.