Meeting with Milos
SKA head coach Milos Riha (pictured) braved a face-to-face meeting with a group of fans who have been protesting against his appointment by the Petersburg club. The two sides managed to listen to each other and avoid conflict during the talks, but the meeting failed to resolve the dispute. The fans still plan to continue with their protests.
KHL rules in Slovakia
CSKA emerged victorious in the Cassovia Cup tournament, which for the fourth time took place in the Slovak city of Košice. In the decisive game the Army Men inflicted a 5-2 defeat on the hosts, HC Košice. The CSKA goals came from Gusev, Pronin, Buravchikov, Persson and Guskov. It was a close contest for the first two periods, but in the third the Mucovites’ class began to tell and the Army Men scored three times to clinch the trophy.
CSKA’s Rastislav Stana, goaltender for the Slovakia national team, was named the best goalie of the tournament, and he was given a warm reception by the Slovak public. The award for best forward went to Juraj Mikus of Lev.
Lev defeated Třinec 3-1 on the final day to occupy second place in the standings. Kristek, Novotny and Fabricius were on target for the Poprad men, who led for the entire game and scored their third goal into an empty net.
Torpedo claim silver
The Nizhny Novgorod team ended their tournament in Switzerland with a 5-4 victory over local side EV Zug, thanks to a double from Thornberg and a goal each from Goroshansky, Vesce and Varnakov. New signing Pekka Tuokkola guarded the net. The win earned Torpedo second place behind another Swiss club, Kloten, in the final standings. The Nizhny Novgorod men will now return home to prepare for the forthcoming KHL championship. They have two more friendlies planned for the preseason: on the 3rd of September they play Lokomotiv in Yaroslavl, and on the 6th they have a home game with their own farm club – HC Sarov.
On the move
Atlant forward Alexei Kovalev will miss his team’s first game of the Mayor’s Cup in Moscow on September 1st, but this is not due to injury, as some media reports had claimed earlier. In fact, he is flying out to America to help with his family’s move to Russia, and Kovalev plans to be back in time to play in the other two games in the tournament.
Day of rest
Vityaz players returned home on Sunday, reaching their Chekhov arena in five hours: they spent two hours on the plane from Magnitogorsk to Moscow, and then three more just to get from Vnukovo airport to their Moscow Region home. The coaches gave the players the rest of the day off, but they will get together again for a training session on Monday, and on the 2nd of September they play on their own ice against Severstal.
Day of celebration
Krasnoyarsk today staged a celebration entitled “We Welcome the KHL,” in which over a thousand people gathered in the central square to don colored vests and form a giant KHL logo. The stunt was timed to coincide with local hockey club Sokol joining Russia’s lower league, the VHL. On the same day three veterans of Russian hockey, Alexander Yakushev, Boris Mikhailov and Alexander Maltsev, gave a seminar for coaches.
Quote of the day
“Of course the results didn’t surprise us. I admit we didn’t expect fifth place. But we weren’t scoring! – Atlant head coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru