Matvei Michkov: “We play for the fans, and they want to see a show”
The star of today’s issue of the Shift 2.0 column is Russia’s hottest prospect – Matvei Michkov. His year was a fantastic one, with his KHL debut with SKA aged just 16, a double potted at his third pro game, a lacrosse-style goal with the Russian national team, and a Team Russia record for the youngest player and the youngest goal scorer beating nothing less than Alex Ovechkin. The WJC is about to start on Dec 26, and Michkov will take part in the tournament.
Mikko Lehtonen: "We can win this year"
In his KHL debut season, Finnish D-man Mikko Lehtonen is having a tremendous performance and incredible numbers with 16 goals and 41 points in 51 games. Jokerit is currently the third seed in the Western Conference and has already clinched its spot in the playoffs.
‘I’d love to create a Kuzbass line with Kaprizov!’
The FONBET 2020 All-Star Week began in Moscow on Saturday with the Challenge Cup for the top players in the Junior Hockey League. Team East earned a 5-3 victory over the West, closing the gap on a Western Conference team that has historically had the upper hand in this rivalry. After the game, four players were invited to return next weekend and join in the KHL All-Star Game.
A record in Liepaja – 38 shots in a shoot-out!
Dinamo Riga began its pre-season preparations against Neftyanik Almetyevsk in Liepaja. The team’s traded goals in regulation, then produced a real endurance test with a shoot-out that needed 19 attempts from each side to finally produce a winner. In the end, Neftyanik got the verdict after a record-breaking 38 penalty shots.
League reveals marketing and communication award laureates
On May 30 the annual marketing and communication KHL seminar was held in Moscow for all the representatives of KHL, JHL, and WHL clubs. During the event, the League revealed 15 laureates for the best marketing, internet, and social projects, other than the best press offices and other. Moreover, the best photographer and journalist of the seasons were awarded. For the second year, the KHL awards the best among those who worked with media and fans.
CSKA leads the way at KHL’s annual awards
CSKA led the way at the KHL’s end-of-season award ceremony, with the Gagarin Cup winner collecting nine prizes at the big event in Moscow. Seven individual or team awards went to the Army Men, with two further nominations among the six ‘golden helmet’ winners that make up the notional ‘All-Star’ roster for the season.