Another final for Magnitka…
The key game of the group stage in the Ivan Romazan Memorial tournament took place today, and a Konstantin Glazachev double helped hosts Metallurg Magnitogorsk to a 3-2 triumph over Ak Bars. The win means Magnitka progress to yet another final, and they will know the identity of their opponents on Friday. In the second game of the day, Vityaz were beaten 2-4 by Traktor.

…and Neftekhimik
Atlant suffered their second defeat in the Latvian Railway Cup, losing 3-4 in overtime to Dinamo Minsk, and now must play off for 5th place on Saturday. Neftekhimik overpowered Finnish team SaiPa, winning 5-2 and clinching a place in their second successive final. In their previous attempt at winning a trophy the Nizhnekamsk men lost to Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Chelyabinsk.

Another newbie
Metallurg Novokuznetsk continue to surprise: the latest to sign a contract with the club is Canadian attacker Randy Robitaille, who has over 500 games in the NHL under his belt, was also the top scorer in the Swiss championship, and was named MVP in the AHL. Robitaille had a spell with Lokomotiv back in season 2007-08, scoring 8 points in 14 outings.

Birthday suit
Ak Bars will don a retro uniform for the team’s opening game of the new season against SKA. The game takes place on the 9th of September, and it is all in honor of the club’s 55th anniversary. The Kazan men will take to the ice wearing the jerseys worn in the 1980s by SK Uritsky, as the Kazan club was then known.

Good work rewarded
Traktor presented an award to a journalist for the best coverage of the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Cup. Team director Vladimir Krechin handed a commemorative dagger to Alexei Sanochkin, reporter for the GTRK-South-Urals TV channel.

Quote of the day
“I like it in Kazan. I like the Ak Bars training base, it’s truly world class, and the facilities compare with anything in the NHL. Here there’s a slightly different playing system, and I have to get used to the way they play, but I like my team. I think this team is strong enough to win the Gagarin Cup,” - new Ak Bars forward Antti Miettinen

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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