Ak Bars proudly showed off the team’s new arrivals to the press in Kazan today. The club has strengthened the roster with Vadim Khomitsky from Atlant, Denis Kulyash from Avangard, Lauris Darzins from Dinamo Riga, Kirill Knyazev from Spartak and Finn Antti Miettinen from Minnesota. The assembled journalists also had a chance to question the board and the coaching staff.
The latest addition to the Dinamo Riga roster is attacker Jamie Lundmark. The Canadian has played in Russia before, back in 2007 when he wore the colors of Dynamo Moscow. The 30-year-old spent last season with two teams: the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL and then Timrå IK of Sweden.
Tickets for some of Dinamo Minsk’s KHL games will go on sale from Monday. The Belarus club has decided to divide the opposition into two groups, so that entrance to games against SKA or Atlant, for example, will cost more than when the visitors are Yugra or Avtomobilist. Tickets for the first category are priced from 15,000 to 100,000 Belarus rubles (approx US$3 - $20), and prices for second category games range from 12,000 to 80,000 Belarus rubles (about $2.40 - $16).
Hit by injury
It is still not known how long Ak Bars forward Nikita Alexeyev will be out of action through injury. The player is due to fly to Germany very soon to see a specialist about the damage to his shoulder, and may have to undergo an operation. The Kazan club is as yet unable to give even an approximate date for the player’s return.
Sibir played another game on the training trip in Finland, this time against a representative side of players from various Finnish clubs. The Novosibirk men won 4-0 thanks to goals from Tarasenko, Enlund, Alexeyev and Lehtera. At the other end, Bernd Bruckler kept the Finns off the scoreboard.
Spartak and the Social Responsibility foundation are to stage a charity game, to take place at the Sokolniki arena on the 31st of August. Leading the teams onto the ice will be Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin. There will be many other KHL players and also some of the Spartak coaching staff taking part in the event, and the proceeds will go to the Sergiyev Posad home for deaf-blind children.
Seeing the sights
Yugra organized an excursion around Khanty-Mansiysk for the team’s new players. According to the club website the most curious was Evgeny Fedorov, who took a great interest in the city’s history, while Perm man Nikolai Bardin asked about the possibility of driving a car at 40 degrees below zero. The players were taken to an Orthodox Church complex, a park, the village of Samarovo, and the trip finished with a visit to a river port on the Irtysh.
Quote of the day
“A few more days and I think I’ll be ready to get back on the ice. But first the doctors must give their approval. They say we can’t rush things. But to tell you my own feelings, with each day I’m getting better,” – Salavat Yulaev forward Oleg Saprykin about his imminent return to the ranks.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru