Follow your heroes
Sibir are well ahead of most teams in their planning for the coming season. The club’s official website has already published details of an organized trip to the opening game of the KHL championship. For the bus journey to Omsk the Sibir fans must part with 1,200 rubles (approx. $40,) plus 150 rubles (approx. $5) for a ticket to the game.

SKA second best
In Switzerland the annual Basel Summer preseason tournament, featuring SKA and Barys from the KHL, has come to an end. The Astana men played their games match last night and clinched fifth place, and on Sunday the Petersburg men faced Finnish team Jyväskylä in the final. Alexei Kruchinin opened the scoring in the 24th minute but the Finns hit back and equalized. Petr Prucha restored the Army Men’s lead early in the third period but their opponents leveled again with just nine minutes remaining. There were to be no more goals in regulation time, but four minutes into overtime Jyväskylä scored the game-winner. Jakub Stepanek was in goal for SKA.

Hard-fought victory
Lev of Poprad’s ’s players seem to have no ill effects following their first defeat of the preseason, inflicted by their compatriots from Vítkovice on Saturday. Today they bounced back with a 3-2 triumph over the Polish national team. After the first two periods Radim Rudik’s team were trailing 1-2, but somehow managed to dig out a hard-fought victory. The goal scorers were Spirko, Lundberg and Sekac.

Army Men’s elite troops
CSKA head coach Julius Supler is satisfied by his team’s attitude and boasted that a formidable first line has emerged. Not only is the defensive pair of Rylov – Guskov performing well, but in offense the Parshin – Persson – Shirokov line has also impressed. Supler confirmed that the team’s target is to make it to the play-offs, but in spite of this neither he nor the players feel under much pressure.

Six players from Vityaz feature in a video clip heralding the start of the new KHL championship, which is now just two and a half weeks away. Starring in the clip, to be shown on the Rossiya-2 channel, were Artemy Panarin, Nikita Dvurechensky, Danila Alistratov, Vadim Berdnikov, Nikolai Kostichkin and Nick Tarnasky.

Match tickets and season tickets for Yugra’s games went on sale today. To watch a KHL game costs from 100 to 450 rubles (approx. $3.40 to $15.40) while the price for a ticket to all the season’s games ranges from 3,465 to 9,900 rubles (approx. $120 to $340). In addition, all season-ticket holders will receive a 5% discount in the club shop.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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