Thank you, Nigel
The most productive import in KHL history, Nigel Dawes, is hanging up his skates for the last time. The 38-year-old, who suited up for Barys, Avtomobilist and Ak Bars in his 10 years in the league, announced his decision at the weekend after his current club, Germany’s Adler Mannheim, was eliminated from the DEL playoffs.
Vasily Koshechkin: a Giant Record-Breaker
KHL.ru continues to publish stories about coaches and players who became legends in our League. The new material is dedicated to the Olympic champion, world champion, two-time Gagarin Cup winner goalie Vasily Koshechkin, who announced his retirement last Monday on his 40th birthday.
Michael Garnett: ‘Russia was my second chance’
The KHL continues its series of interviews with players who made a big impact during their time in the league. The star of today’s show is Canadian goalie Michael Garnett, noted for his time at MVD, Dynamo Moscow, Traktor, Slovan and Medvescak. In total, he played nine seasons in the KHL.
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.
A Soviet star in British hockey – Alexander Kozhevnikov in Durham
When Torpedo plays in Sheffield on Sunday, the game will bring back memories of an unlikely Russian connection for one of the legends of Sheffield hockey. Mike O’Connor, an uncompromising Canadian-born defenseman, was part of the Steelers’ Grand Slam winning roster of 1995/6 and is still involved with the club as Commercial Manager. Before that, though, he was with the Durham Wasps when Alexander Kozhevnikov, twice an Olympic champion with the USSR, unexpectedly arrived to play in the British League in 1990.
Linglet: ‘Playing for a country, for a flag, it’s a whole new dynamic’
KHL.ru continues its series of interviews with key players from the league’s history. This weekend, with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod jetting off to Britain for two high-profile exhibition games against Team GB, it’s the perfect time to catch up with a forward who has played for Torpedo and is now plundering points in Britain’s Elite League. Charles Linglet, a veteran of eight KHL campaigns, a naturalized Belarusian and now a playoff winner in with Cardiff Devils, talks adjustment in Nizhny Novgorod, international action with Belarus and hockey action in a country better known as the birthplace of soccer.
Petri Vehanen: “Winning Gagarin Cup with Ak Bars was like a fairy tale”
KHL.ru continues to tell the stories of the players who left the largest mark on the league. In this edition, we visit Finnish goalkeeper Petri Vehanen, who won the Gagarin Cup with Ak Bars and later reached the finals again with Lev Praha.
Mattias Weinhandl: A born sniper becomes a business angel
KHL.ru present a new series, “Legends of the KHL,” on the best talents in league history. Swedish forward Mattias Weinhandl has played four seasons in Russia, making a name for himself as a defender in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Now in retirement, he’s exploring his other talents.