Andrei Altybarmakyan: “I’m happy to be back at home”
Altybarmakyan spent the last two years overseas, where he tried his way into the Chicago lineup from the farm club. In the summer, the forward returned to the KHL and signed a contract with his former club, HC Sochi. In this interview with KHL.ru, Andrei talked about why he decided to return to the KHL, analyzed the life and hockey experience gained in North America, and gave valuable advice to those who are going to visit Sochi.
Jokerit veteran Jesse Joensuu looks back his career
As the KHL is on a week-long break, when the season’s first Euro Hockey Tour tournament is being played in Helsinki, it is a good time to sit back and have a talk with a player. Jokerit is leading the western conference and the Helsinki team’s veteran forward Jesse Joensuu shared his thoughts about the season so far and his long career as he felt about it.
The Faceoff: Philippe Maillet
There is making an entrance, and then there is Philippe Maillet—a contender for the league scoring race behind perennial powerhouse Vadim Shipachyov just one month into his KHL debut. Metallurg’s new Canadian center has a track record of impressive production that spans twelve time zones, averaging well over a point per game in his first twelve Russian starts.
Alexander Alexeyev: “Salavat Yulaev is 90% ready for the playoffs”
Salavat Yulaev’s D-man Alexander Alexeyev was awarded Rookie of the month in January. In 50 regular-season matches, he had 16 (8+8) points with an average time on ice of 18 minutes. Recently, the Ufa bench boss Tomi Lamsa said that Alexeyev has a bright future in front of himself because he plays a modern style as a “hybrid” defenseman. Moreover, this week, the Salavat Yulaev blueliner represents Russia at the Euro Hockey Tour’s Sweden stage.
Sakari Manninen: “If we work hard, we have a good shot at the Cup”
Salavat Yulaev Ufa features some of the top international players in the league. Its trio with Sakari Manninen, Markus Granlund, and Teemu Hartikainen is currently one of the best in the league. In this interview with KHL.ru, Manninen talked about the recent Euro Hockey Tour pause, described how the season is going in Ufa, and estimated the franchise’s chances for the Gagarin Cup.
Pirnes: ‘If I hadn’t played with Mozyakin, I wouldn’t have set records!’
KHL.ru continues to unearth the stories of some of the most notable achievements in the history of the league. The latest edition focuses on Esa Pirnes, a Finnish forward who played just one season in the KHL, but who used that time to set a record that stands to this day.
Fraser – ‘Change is our enemy, we need to get away from that’
Kunlun Red Star was involved in the race for a playoff place until its final game of the season, but fell just short of reaching the top eight in the East. Head coach Curt Fraser summed up his first full season in China in an interview for KHL.ru.
Alexander Romanov: from forward to defense
Welcome to a new issue of the KHL.ru's series about the stars of the league's first coach. Today's talk is about three specialists: Sergei Kasyanov, Nikolai Shchedrov, and Sergei Skopintsev. They worked at the Krylya Sovetov school and raised CSKA and Team Russia's defenseman Alexander Romanov.