In Omsk it was the opening day of the first ever World Cup of youth teams, featuring clubs from Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Canada, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the USA. The first game was a hard-earned victory for last season’s top team in Russia’s youth league - Krasnaya Armia (Red Army). After two periods the Muscovites were coasting at 4-0 against Tatras Wolves of Slovakia, but they nearly threw it all away in the last third. The final score - a 4-3 win for the Kharlamov Cup holders.
Meanwhile in Yekaterinburg it was the second day of the Stone Flower tournament, and both teams which emerged victorious on Day 1 were defeated by fresher opposition. Avangard lost 0-1 to Amur, with Alexander Nikulin getting the only goal, and Sibir suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Novokuznetsk Metallurg. Anton Malyshev scored for Novosibirsk, but Denis Kurepanov scored a double for Metallurg.
Today was Salavat Yulaev’s supporters chance to meet the Gagarin Cup winners. Representing the team were Alexander Radulov, Oleg Tverdovsky and Maxim Sushinsky, plus the new coaching staff headed by Sergei Mikhalev. Sushinsky promised to score a hat-trick against his old team SKA, and forward Robert Nilsson played Air Hockey with the fans.
Barys announced that their open day will be on the 4th of September. While the time of the event has been settled, discussions still continue regarding the venue. The players will answer any of the fans’ questions and there will also be an autograph session.
The following day it will be Novokuznetsk Metallurg players’ turn to meet the fans. A “Master-Show” skills competition is planned, along with an autograph session. The venue will be Metallurg’s own arena.
Steelers’ hearts of gold
Severstal’s playing and coaching staff paid a visit to the Cherepovets children’s home № 9, in the nearby village of Krivets. The players congratulated the children on the forthcoming start of the school year and brought gifts for the school, including equipment for sports lessons and a table hockey game. “I wish all you children success in your studies, because knowledge is essential to those who want to succeed. And I also hope that you never abandon your dreams,” - said Severstal defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich.
The KHL Disciplinary Committee sat today to examine a request from Salavat Yulaev to take additional punitive sanctions against three Vityaz players - Jon Mirasty, Jeremy Yablonski and Nick Tarnasky – regarding incidents in the game between the teams at the Romazan Memorial tournament on the 24th of August. The Committee decided that the penalties shall remain in place and that no additional fines or disqualifications are to be imposed.
There are changes to Dinamo Minsk’s roster. Out go Andrei Antonov and Sergey Sheleg, and the signing of forward Anatoly Protasenya is complete. In addition, Andrei Filichkin and Alexei Skabelka will get their chance to prove themselves in the Donbass Open Cup tournament in Donetsk.
Quote of the day
“It is our duty to reach the play-offs. Everyone in the team wants it, we’re all thinking of it. All the more so since Vityaz never once made it to the play-offs,” – forward Sergei Lesnukhin, on the Chekhov club’s plans for the season.
Alexei Shevchenko, special to khl.ru