May 6, 2015 |
The following is a list of notable former NHL players who went on to play in the Kontinental Hockey League: Player Last NHL Recent KHL Ilya Kovalchuk 2012-13 SKA-St. Petersburg Slava Kozlov 2009-2010 Atlant Moscow Oblast Miroslav Satan 2009-2010 Bratislava Slovan Ruslan Fedotenko 2012-13 Donbass HC Nikolai Zherdev 2010-11 Moscow Dynamo Source: TheHockeyWriters.com
December 28, 2014 |
RYAN GUNDERSON was intrigued by Russia, just not entirely sure he wanted to make the jump to the Kontinental Hockey League. The Bensalem, Pa., native heard all the stories. Plus, he'd been making a nice living in Sweden, where he was the leading scorer among defensemen in two leagues. He met a girl from Sweden. He won a Swedish league championship. The offers were tempting: a significant pay raise and a chance to play in the second-best league in the world. The catch: living and working in Russia.
November 21, 2014 |
Helen Drutt, Philadelphia czarina of the American crafts renaissance of the last half century, has conveyed a collection of 74 donated works, many of them created by artists with regional associations, to the Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. "Amazingly I was able to obtain 74 gifts from artists and patrons" from across the country, Drutt said in an e-mail exchange. "The value of the gifts collectively [is] $2 million dollars . . . and they will become a permanent part of the Hermitage collection.
August 27, 2014 |
THE RUSSIAN Anti-Doping Agency suspended one of the country's top race-walking officials yesterday in connection with a major doping investigation. Viktor Kolesnikov is a director of Russia's race-walking center in the city of Saransk. The center has turned Russia into the dominant country in the sport, but has also seen at least 17 of its athletes banned or suspended for doping. Some of the athletes affected include Olympic 20-kilometer champion Elena Lashmanova , banned for 2 years in June, and Stanislav Emelyanov , stripped of his 2010 European gold medal last month.
May 19, 2014 |
WITHOUT AS much as a phone call, Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson bolted for Russia. For Gustafsson, the writing apparently was on the wall. In addition to acquiring Andrew MacDonald last season before the trade deadline, coach Craig Berube decided to use 39-year-old Hal Gill over him for Game 5 against the Rangers, with Nick Grossmann out. Yesterday, while skating for Sweden in the World Championships in Belarus, word leaked out that Gustafsson will join Avangard Omsk in Russia's KHL next season.
May 18, 2014 |
Erik Gustafsson, who in 31 games had the highest plus-minus rating of any Flyers defenseman this season, is heading to the KHL in Russia. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said that he was "disappointed" Gustafsson had signed with Avangard, but that he wished the young defenseman well. Gustafsson, 25, is a pending restricted free agent. The Flyers said they intend to give him a qualifying offer and retain his rights if he returns from Russia at some point. If the Flyers don't re-sign Kimmo Timonen, Gustafsson figured to find a regular spot in the defensive rotation until some promising prospects - most notably, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg - are NHL-ready.
May 18, 2014
Seek security from civic strength In his remarks at the Sept. 11 museum dedication in New York last week, President "Yes We Can" Obama made a George W. "Bring It" Bush-worthy statement ("Obama: 'Nothing can ever break us'," May 16). Sounds good, but it's not true. Are we nothing? We can break ourselves by continuing down the wrong paths, including the creation of a surveillance nation, trade deals that off-shore better jobs for cheap, shiny objects and corporate profits, growing wealth inequality, and government dysfunction led by one party favoring a tax-free and science-denying America, and another that's well-meaning but enabling.
May 2, 2014 |
FORMER FLYERS coach Mike Keenan has another Cup: The Gagarin Cup. Keenan, whose first NHL head-coaching job was with the Flyers in the mid-1980s, coached Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the Kontinental Hockey League championship yesterday. Metallurg beat Lev Prague, 7-4, in Game 7, making Keenan the first North American coach to win the Gagarin Cup and the first to win the NHL and KHL championships. Keenan won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994, his only season with the team.
March 17, 2014 |
At the end of July I had the unexpected pleasure of taking a river cruise in Russia with a friend. This was exciting - my mother was from Zvenyhorodka, a town north of Kiev in the Ukraine, my father from a suburb south of Kiev. The cruise started out in St. Petersburg and wound up in Moscow. On a scheduled bus trip in Moscow, we went to the Museum of the Jewish History in Russia, the only Jewish museum and Holocaust memorial in the country. When we got to the museum, the men were laying tefillin - wearing black boxes on their foreheads containing verses from the Torah that serve as a reminder of God's intervention during the Exodus from Egypt - so we were ushered upstairs to the balcony for the service.
March 8, 2014
Sen. John McCain and other war hawks who have been tossing around the word naive to describe President Obama's foreign policy should stop trying to use Russia's treatment of Ukraine to illustrate their point. The Obama-bashers are on thin ice arguing that Vladimir Putin wouldn't have asserted himself in Ukraine had Obama shown more resolve after warning Syria's Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons. In fact, the frosty relations between Obama and Putin, which have hardly improved over the years, suggest that no matter how Obama handles the Syrian rebellion or anything else, Putin is loath to take any step that might indicate Mother Russia is influenced by the United States.