Atlant put Swiss to the sword
A revitalized Atlant team under the guidance of Bengt-Ake Gustafsson is playing some impressive hockey, even if summertime wins are not quite as valuable as those achieved during the season. The Moscow Region men were superior in every way to their Swiss hosts, Davos, and posted a convincing 7-2 victory. Musatov’s goal started the rout midway through the first period, and further goals were added by Zackrisson, Shitikov, Kablukov, Niskala, Zubarev and Zackrisson again. Konstantin Barulin stood between the pipes for Atlant. The Mytishchi men managed almost five times as many shots as their opponents.

Victory in Pinsk
As the curtain came down on Dynamo Moscow’s grueling training trip in Pinsk, Belarus, the Muscovites played a friendly game with local side Neman of Grodno and won 63. The Blue-and–Whites’ goals came from Chernov, Soin, Kokarev, Konkov, Pestunov, and Kvapil, while Alexei Volkov guarded Dynamo’s net. The team returns to Moscow tomorrow, but next week the players set off again to train in Novogorsk. They also have a friendly with Vityaz scheduled for the 12th of August. We must also mention that Dynamo also organized a soccer game between the club’s coaching staff and admin staff, during which head coach Oleg Znarok scored a goal.

Foreign legion
Dinamo Riga has signed a contract with Robert Earl. The 26-year-old attacker was born in the US and started his NHL career with Toronto. Before then he appeared in the minor leagues, but represented his country at the world championships. Robert spent most of last year at Minnesota’s farm club and won the AHL title with Houston. His figures for last season were 24 goals and 31 assists in 69 games in the regular championship, plus 12 points in 24 play-off games.

The Dinamo show
Dinamo Minsk has announced the club will host a supporters’ day on the 30th of August. On this day the club will present the new signings to the fans, and the players will give a master-class, sign autographs and answer questions. It is believed a pop group will also be performing, and the club will unveil its new mascot. The first treat which awaits the supporters is a video clip, put together before the start of the campaign. Last season several of the team’s leading players sang songs for the fans.

Red, white and blue
Novokuznetsk Metallurg is currently away training in Switzerland and while the club plans to play a friendly game on the 10th of August against a local side, so far Anatoly Yemelin has only seen his players playing against each other: the “Reds” lined up against the “Whites,” and despite the teams being at even strength numerically the Reds proved the stronger and hammered their opponents 7-3.

Neftekhimik’s players, having returned from training in Croatia, also faced off against each other and the game was just as one-sided as Metallurg’s, with the “Blues” achieving a 6-2 triumph over the “Whites.”

Six-time winner
Former Dinamo Riga boss and current CSKA coach Julius Supler has been named as the coach of the year in Slovakia. It is the third time in his career he has received the award for Slovakia, but he also had a hat-trick of awards as the best Czechoslovak coach.

Quote of the day
“On the first day of training we told to the players straight: if you’re caught drinking once, it’s goodbye - you’re out of the team. And there’ll be no first or second warnings,” Sibir head coach Andrei Tarasenko.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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