Former Predator Alex Radulov sent flying by beautiful hip check in KHL game

Jared Clinton
Alex Radulov gets caught with a beautiful hip check during a game between CSKA Moscow and Dynamo Moscow (via KHL/YouTube)

When Alex Radulov once again left the NHL for KHL, some said he just wasn’t suited to the North American style of play. If the thunderous hip check he received on Sunday is any indication, there’s no style of play in any league that’s going to let you dance around the ice without harm.

Now the captain of CSKA Moscow, Radulov got a rough ride from Andrei Mironov, a young defenseman from crosstown rival Dynamo Moscow: Read more

Jamie ‘Noodles’ McLennan still has the best seat

Jamie McLennan featured

As a player always slotted as backup goalie, Jamie McLennan used to enter each season wondering how much work he’d get. During his NHL career that began in 1993 and ended in 2008, his games played in a season ranged from nine in 2006-07 with Calgary to 38 in 2000-01 with Minnesota. All told, McLennan appeared in 254 games (80-109-36 record and 13 shutouts).

“I’m very proud of it,” McLennan said. “I had some success and pitfalls. I am well aware it wasn’t Hall of Fame worthy, but I was a backup goalie who hung around for a long time.”

Today, as a hockey analyst with TSN and the NHL Network, McLennan is still viewed as a backup by some. With Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger the go-to guys at TSN, McLennan gets duty on That’s Hockey and That’s Hockey 2Nite on TV and co-hosts Leafs Lunch for two hours a day on TSN Radio. That’s on top of providing color commentary for 36 regionally broadcast games for the Ottawa Senators. Read more

Kontinental League team gets surprise as Soviet anthem accidentally played

Jared Clinton
Sergei Plotnikov (KHL Video)

If you didn’t know the difference between the Russian and Soviet anthems, you might not even realize they’re different. They have a similar tune, after all.

So I suppose that’s why you could give the Kontinental League’s Slovan Bratislava a pass when they accidentally played the Soviet anthem instead of the Russian one before their game against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Tuesday: Read more

No comebacks for Fantastic Finn Teemu Selanne: “My career is over, that much is certain”

Adam Proteau
Teemu Selanne (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

If you were desperately hanging on to the hope hockey legend Teemu Selanne would continue his professional playing career – either in Europe or back in the NHL – even as he approaches his mid-forties, you can let go of it: the surefire Hockey-Hall-of-Famer confirmed Wednesday he’s retired for good.

In an interview with the International Ice Hockey Federation’s website, the 44-year-old Selanne made it clear he won’t be tempted by lucrative contract offers from the KHL or any other league. Read more

This is the biggest, strangest hit of the year

Matt Larkin
BigHit

Note the headline. It ain’t hyperbole. And to throw around “biggest hit of the year” is bold in October.

But this WWE-inspired body blast by Kristaps Zile earns such high scores in brutality, creativity and originality that it’ll be tough to top. The hit happened in an MHL (the Kontinental League’s junior circuit) game last Friday. Zile, an HK Riga defenseman, laid a hip check on Lukas Pozgay of HC Red Bull. Pozgay made the mistake of holding on for dear life, and Zile proceeded to carry Pozgay several meters before stapling him to the boards, as forcefully as you would a particularly thick document. Here’s the unstoppable finishing move, complete with death metal:

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KHL has two fastest goal records set in one day

Wojtek Wolski scores.

The NHL season may still be two days away, but the KHL season is in full swing – and Monday a couple of goal speed records were set.

First, there was Wojtek Wolski who is playing his second season with Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo. His team won its game against Sibir 3-2 and Wolski scored all three goals.

What made it special, though, was that Wolski scored the natural hat trick in a KHL record 1:47. Here they are: Read more

Electrifying Jeremy Bracco leads off Ryan Kennedy’s Hot List

Team USA's Jeremy Bracco (Photo courtesy of Tom Sorensen/USHL)

Welcome back to another season of The Hot List, my weekly update of who is making noise in the world of prospects. Players are eligible for the list as long as they haven’t stepped on the ice for a regular season NHL game; otherwise, they come from all different leagues and development points. Some will be on hot streaks, others will be new names you’ll want to bank in your memory. All will be potential NHLers one day. Hockey’s back, so let’s take a look at this week’s roundup.

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KHL coach Andrei Nazarov goes nuts, flips off refs and fans

Matt Larkin
Nazarov Mad

Andrei Nazarov had quite the heel turn in Wednesday’s Kontinental League tilt between Barys and Admiral.

Nazarov, Barys’ coach, wasn’t pleased with a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. He took it out on the refs, flipping them off, and when he was tossed out of the game, he turned his attention to the Admiral fans.

Nazarov was extremely efficient in his obscene gestures, packing many into a rapid-fire barrage. Take a look:

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