Gold again for Magnitka
In Magnitogorsk a victory for the hosts provided the finale of the Romazan Memorial tournament. It is the second preseason success for Metallurg, having already won the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Cup. This time they claimed the trophy with a resounding 6-2 victory over Salavat Yulaev. Finishing below the two finalists in the tournament ladder were Traktor, Ak Bars, Yugra and Vityaz. The team of the tournament was goaltender Georgy Gelashvili, defenders Deron Quint and Andrei Kuteikin, and forwards Alexei Morozov, Sergei Zinovyev and Konstantin Glazachev.
Silver again for Neftekhimik
Neftekhimik, who were edged out by Magnitka in that Chelyabinsk final, once again suffered defeat in the deciding game. This time they lost 0-3 to Lokomotiv in the battle for the Latvian Railway Cup. Behind them in the final standings were Dinamo Riga, Dinamo Minsk, Atlant and finally SaiPa. Lokomotiv goaltender Stefan Liv, who did not allow a single goal, was named the MVP.
Army test for Lev
Lev of Slovakia faced off against a KHL team for the first time, and it was a successful baptism of fire for Radim Rulik’s men. The game against CSKA, part of a tournament in Slovakia, finished in a 3-2 win for the Poprad club. Lev’s new arrival from Spartak, Juraj Mikus, scored a double before Kristek hit the game-winner, while CSKA’s goals came from Parshin and Zubov.
Out through injury
Meanwhile, in a tournament in Switzerland, Torpedo forward Alexei Ugarov was unable to complete the team’s game against Croatian club Medveščak. Injured during the third period, he had to be helped off the ice by the medics. Thankfully, Alexei is not seriously hurt – the doctors have diagnosed bruising to the vertebrae in his neck. Nevertheless, he was unable to take part in the game against Swiss side Kloten, which Torpedo lost 2-5, with Ellison and Makarov scoring for the Russian team.
New players, old tradition
Metallurg Magnitogorsk continued the long-standing tradition of taking the new players on a tour of a local foundry. As might be expected, the highlight for the players and coaches was the furnace.
“It’s very interesting, and I’m very impressed,” said new defenseman Sergei Bernatsky. “We watched the workers, and saw what tough jobs they have.”
SKA hosted a team presentation in Saint Petersburg. Club president Gennady Timchenko announced the team’s goal for the season: “To reach the final and bring the Gagarin Cup to Saint Petersburg.”
Name the bears
A vote among Sibir supporters has decided the names of the club’s mascots – two polar bears. The smaller of the two will be called Umka, and the larger – Taras.
Quote of the day
“All the guys have faith in Milos, we’re right behind him. We’re all in the same boat, as he’s already said. I think it’d be wise for the fans to change their view, because he is a really great guy, a professional, who will do everything he can for SKA. The fans should have the same faith in Riha as the players do,” – SKA forward Maxim Afinogenov about the conflict between the fans and coach Milos Riha.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru