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Russian Hockey Poetry

Russian Hockey Poetry

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When you think of hockey, how often do you think of modern poetry? This fan wrote a heartbreaking poem about the current state of the Russian national team, lamenting both the good old times when the Soviet Red Machine dominated the field and targeting with sardonic criticism the players and the coaches alike. The work is so touching we translated it to go over the main points here as a reminder that true fandom can extend into every part of our lives. Russian Hockey Poetry We were once the most beautiful of all, But now we consistently lie in the muck. Rotenbergs have made us a laughingstock, Imprisoning the glory of past years. But hustlers, well, what do you expect? Born as pygmies, and they'll die the same. But you, comrade, great Russian, Why aren't you cool like Kharlamov hi...
The Beijing 2022 Hockey Olympics Final: Russia vs. Finland

The Beijing 2022 Hockey Olympics Final: Russia vs. Finland

Russian National Hockey Team News
The final match of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics hockey tournament between Russia and Finland was a spectacle that demands immediate attention yet warrants a detailed analysis. This game encapsulated the essence of unexpected outcomes and the complexities of sports dynamics. Pre-Match Expectations and Early Game Surprises As the game commenced, the excitement was palpable. However, the anticipation quickly turned to disappointment for Russian fans. The Finns came out strong, dominating the first period with 15 shots on goal. Russian goaltender Ivan Fedotov was remarkable, preventing any goals during this intense phase. Despite this initial surprise, the Finns maintained their momentum, eventually scoring two decisive goals that sealed their victory and earned them the gold medals. Pe...
Top 5 Health Benefits of  Hockey

Top 5 Health Benefits of Hockey

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Grabbing the stick and heading to the rink with a brimming rush of adrenaline for a game of hockey is a feeling not many may have experienced. The duration of a daunting hockey game is made to be laced with dread because of fistfights, body checks, and missing teeth. Who would want to sign up for a game that causes such damage? Although hockey could end you in trouble with some sudden harmful health impacts, you will gain more than you could lose. It is only occasionally or very rarely that games turn out to be battlefields or an accident spot. You need to look beyond these aspects of playing hockey to reap the benefits of the sport. If you have been a fan of the games and tournaments and want to try the sport out on the massive rinks, buy a stick, a puck, and safety gear before you get...
Vyacheslav Fetisov: “I Think That One Game Is Enough”

Vyacheslav Fetisov: “I Think That One Game Is Enough”

Vyacheslav Fetisov
Vyacheslav Fetisov's sensational comeback didn’t save CSKA from a home defeat against SKA St. Petersburg in a game that saw Maxim Sushinsky score his 300th goal. RussianHockeyFans offers you a translation of what Fetisov said after the game to the Russian TV channel “Sport”. “I feel really good. It was a bit sentimental, starting with the hymn and going on. I’m a happy man today. I’d like to thank all the fans that attended the game, all the persons and the guys that I played with today. This was an unforgettable game for me. Thank you all! The game was good, the guys showed a good character in the third period, we came a little short… I wish I could drop about 15 years, to be of more help to the team. The feeling of being in the dressing room with the guys, sharing the same bench - ...
Martin Gerber’s Injury Not So Serious

Martin Gerber’s Injury Not So Serious

Martin Gerber's Injury
Swiss goalie Martin Gerber, who was hospitalized yesterday with a neck injury, underwent advanced examination Monday morning. Fortunately it didn't confirm the preliminary diagnosis "compression fracture of the fourth cervical vertebra". According to the new information Gerber has spinal contusion and recovering will take weeks, not months. "When Gerber was delivered to the Podolsk hospital he underwent examination that didn't show any fractures. Monday morning computed tomography confirmed there was no fracture but rather a spinal contusion," said Atlant's doctor Andrei Bagdasaryan to Sovetskiy Sport. "According to the doctors, Gerber's recovering will take weeks and not months. Thus there is no need in searching for a new goalie. However, this is not 100% clear," said KHL Atlant's ...
KHL » Video: Salavat’s Goalie Vitaly Kolesnik Assaulted By A Fan During A Game

KHL » Video: Salavat’s Goalie Vitaly Kolesnik Assaulted By A Fan During A Game

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During the first period of the KHL playoff game between Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg and Salavat Yulaev Ufa, a drunk fan broke in the guests' bench and swung a stick on Vitaly Kolesnik's head. The goalie left the arena bleeding and has been sent to Ekaterinburg's hospital, where a concussion has been diagnosed. Igor Zakharkin declared to Sport-Express that "this was the most terrible match in my life. At first we didn't understand, then we seen that a fan climbed over the glasses and with a stick hit Vitaly [Kolesnik]'s head. Only a miracle saved him. I don't want to think if that person would hit him in the temple. This was a shock for everyone in the arena." Salavat Yulaev asked the league to suspend Ekaterinburg Arena for one match and consequently to play in front of no crowd as a m...
Sergei Fedorov: “Pleased to become first Russian to score 1500 points

Sergei Fedorov: “Pleased to become first Russian to score 1500 points

Sergei Fedorov
Sergei Fedorov: “Pleased to become first Russian to score 1500 points” (Photo © khl.ru) Former NHL player Sergei Fedorov, now playing in the KHL, has scored his 1500th career-point. He became the first Russian player ever to reach that mark, leaving behind such players as Igor Larionov, Alexander Mogilniy, Alexei Kovalev, Alexei Yashin and others. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation of Fedorov’s interview to a Russian newspaper Sport-Express. – Did you know you were stuck at 1499 career-points mark before this game? – Yeah, they told me about it. I knew the numbers but didn’t pay much attention to it. Today I recorded two assists so I may say that I exceeded the plan (laughs). – You are the first Russian player to achieve this result. Even the players from the legen...
Kuznetsov: “If we had won, it would have been unfair”

Kuznetsov: “If we had won, it would have been unfair”

Russian Prospects Profiles, Reports and News
Kuznetsov: "If we had won, it would have been unfair" (Photo © Francois Laplante) After the 1-0 defeat to Sweden in the 2012 WJC Gold Medal Game, Evgeny Kuznetsov shared his thoughts about the game with the popular news agency RIA Novosti. "In the first two periods we had a total of four shots on net. This speaks loud. If we won, it would have been unfair. Makarov was great, he saved the game for us, he stopped everything. So, destiny decided otherwise. So the Silver medal is good? Maybe it's good for you. It hurts, but life goes on. Nothing terrible, we have to know how to lose as well. We will make it through. This will temper our character." Kuznetsov went on talking about MVP honors: "Being the Most Valuable Player is always pleasant, but it hurts as I didn't get the Medal I wanted." ...
Fedor Fedorov breaks the glasses with a slapshot (video)

Fedor Fedorov breaks the glasses with a slapshot (video)

KHL News and Interviews
Fedor Fedorov breaks the glasses with a slapshot (video) (Photo © Getty Images) Former Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers player, forward Fedor Fedorov, broke the glass during the warm-up before SKA St. Petersburg's KHL regular season game on October 16th against Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg. SKA eventualy won the home game with a 5-1 score, and Fedorov had one assist. RussianHockeyFans offers you a video of this curious incident:
Kirill Kabanov to play in Swedish Elitserien

Kirill Kabanov to play in Swedish Elitserien

Russian Prospects Profiles, Reports and News
Kirill Kabanov to play in Swedish Elitserien (Photo © Getty Images) Today it was announced that Kirill Kabanov signed a try-out contract with top Elitserien team Farjestad BK. The 19-years-old Russian winger was among the last cuts of the New York Islanders. To shed some light on this unexpected event, RHF talked with EliteProspect's admin Johan Nillson, a Swedish hockey expert. What is Kirill Kabanov's reputation in Sweden? You know that in Russia and in North America he had some problems, how is all this in a "neutral" country like Sweden? Kabanov is not overly known in Sweden, but for those that have indeed heard about him, I think they believe he is somewhat of a "problem child" with some diva tendencies. As we know Kabanov has a contract up to November 6th. What do you think, does he...