At SKA and Dynamo, Vadim Shipachyov and Dmitry Kagarlitsky formed a dangerous partnership. Today, the former team-mates are at different clubs but, fittingly, they achieved their latest KHL landmarks on the same day. Saturday’s action saw Shipachyov clear 800 points in the league with a goal against Torpedo. It’s taken him just 811 games to reach that mark and only Sergei Mozyakin got there before him. On the same day, Kagarlitsky potted his 150th KHL goal as Ak Bars looked to fight back from 0-2 down against Severstal. However, the 32-year-old was unable to get a win against one of his former clubs as the Steelmen took the verdict in overtime.
Shipachyov is chasing Mozyakin’s all-time KHL scoring record — and has some way to go yet — but the master was back in action on Friday at a fundraising game on Red Square. The event, sponsored by the KHL’s long-term commercial partner, MasterCard, involved former players, celebrities, and half a dozen stars from the Women’s Hockey League. An entertaining game saw Team MasterCard, inspired by Alexei Yashin, jump to a 5-1 lead before Team KHL clawed back the deficit to win 6-5. The last two goals came from Andrei Mozyakin, Sergei’s 20-year-old son, who made his KHL debut for Metallurg last season playing on the same line as his father.
Mozyakin’s record-breaking career came to an end in the summer after he decided not to continue with Metallurg. And it seems that the 40-year-old has no immediate plans to return to the game in any other capacity, as he explained in a rare interview with KHL.ru last week.
“I have a large family, so moving everyone to another city is just a catastrophe,” Mozyakin said. “Everyone needs to move, to find new schools and kindergartens. I don’t want to go on my own, I’m already used to having my wife and kids around. I don’t regret anything. I had a pretty good career.”
Two veteran Canadians are following Mike Pelino to Kazan as Ak Bars looks to benefit from the NHL’s refusal to travel to the upcoming Olympics. Defenseman Justin Demers and forward Eric Fehr are the team’s two new signings, with both players hoping to book their flights to Beijing after getting game time in the KHL.
Demers, 33, left the Coyotes at the end of last season and did not play until he came to Moscow on international duty earlier this month. And it’s a similar story with 36-year-old forward Fehr, 36, who won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2016 but was close to retiring last season. He was a surprise addition to Canada’s roster in Moscow and is now eying an unlikely Olympic call — with KHL action likely to boost his chances.
Lokomotiv was active in the transfer market this week, signing up two Canadians to bolster the team’s imports. Defenseman Brandon Gormley, who recently played at the Channel 1 Cup, arrives from Dinamo Riga, while forward Brandon Kozun returns to Yaroslavl after spending the earlier part of the season in Switzerland. The Railwaymen have space on the roster for one more import following the departure of Swedish forward Andre Petersson last week.
Today is the final day of player trading in the KHL. In the morning, Sibir was the busiest club, securing the services of Canadian forward JC Lipon and Russian defenseman Maxim Goncharov. Lipon joins from Sochi and is in his second season in the KHL. He has played 64 games in total for Sochi and Dinamo Riga, and has 30 (11+19) points. Experienced blue-liner Goncharov, 32, left Avangard last week. He has also represented CSKA, Salavat Yulaev and Spartak, and won the Gagarin Cup last season.