KHL team releases one of the most amazing hype videos you’ll ever see

Jared Clinton
(via SKA St. Petersburg/YouTube)

When veteran Pavel Datsyuk left the Detroit Red Wings this past season, there were rumors of a few times looking to bring the Russian star aboard but Datsyuk ended up signing on with SKA St. Petersburg.

There were no doubt a number of things that went into Datsyuk’s decision to sign in St. Petersburg, including the details of his contract, being close to his family and probably the fact that SKA told him if he signed with the team they’d produce an absolutely bonkers commercial that includes everything from a flame-shooting guitar to a fan eating a chunk of raw meat.

Datsyuk, the newly minted captain of SKA, features heavily in the 55-second commercial spot, but there’s no shortage of mind-blowing moments in the commercial. Check it out: Read more

Watch early save of the year contender from Champions League action

Jared Clinton
(via Champions League/YouTube)

The KHL season begins Monday and the NHL campaign is nearly two months away from its opening puck drop, but Vienna Capitals goaltender J-P Lamoureux wasn’t about to wait to turn in a potential save of the year candidate.

Lamoureux was making his debut for the Vienna Capitals during the opening day of Group N action of the Champions Hockey League when he found his club down not one, but two men on the penalty kill against Sweden’s Skelleftea AIK.

With the Capitals defenders trying to clear out the front of the net and prevent an easy rebound, Skelleftea’s Adam Pettersson was left alone to the left of Lamoureux’s goal. Pettersson was spotted and received a perfect slap pass, but he slowed the puck down for a brief second, giving Lamoureux just enough time to locate the puck and dive across his crease to steal the surefire goal: Read more

KHL’s Ryspayev given lifetime ban after attacks on opposition in pre-season game

Jared Clinton
Damir Ryspayev (via YouTube)

The KHL has handed a lifetime ban to Barys Astana’s Damir Ryspayev after the 21-year-old attacked three players during an absurd pre-season brawl against Red Star Kunlun.

Ryspayev’s monumental suspension comes after the league reviewed the incident, which involved him suckerpunching Red Star center Tomas Marcinko — a punch that saw Marcinko stretchered off the ice — and then skating directly at and jumping two other Kunlun players, one of which Ryspayev actually attacked twice during the brawl. After he had roughed up unwilling combatants from Red Star, Ryspayev attacked the Kunlun player bench before finally being wrangled and taken to the penalty box.

The KHL acted quickly by suspending Ryspayev for the entire pre-season, but continued to review the play even after the initial ban.

“It goes without saying that hockey is a contact sport,” said Gennady Timchenko, chairman of the KHL’s board of directors. “But above all, it is a fair contest in which rival players are guided by the rules of the game and spirit of sporting ethics. The league acts as a guarantor of these rules and laws, and cannot allow them to be systematically and grotesquely violated. It is utterly unacceptable to intentionally endanger the safety and fitness of opposing players. Every player’s professionalism is demonstrated by the ability to play a hard, uncompromising game while maintaining full respect for fellow sportsmen and their fans.” Read more

Watch KHL netminder make brilliant paddle save in pre-season game

Jared Clinton
Alexei Krasikov stops Sergei Mozyakin (via HC Sibir/YouTube)

The NHL off-season may feel interminable as August rolls on, but that doesn’t mean other leagues aren’t starting to kick into action. The KHL pre-season is well underway and the season is fast-approaching, but rookie netminder Alexei Krasikov looks like he’s already in mid-season form.

In a tune-up game against the defending Gagarin Cup champions, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Krasikov made a spectacular stick save. It’s not as if the stop was on just anyone, either, as Krasikov turned aside Sergei Mozyakin, the league’s defending scoring champion, with the lunging stick stop.

After Mozyakin was spotted curling around the backside of the goal, he received a beautiful cross-ice pass at the side of the net, slowed the puck and pulled the trigger only to watch the 20-year-old Sibir Novosibirsk netminder thrust his paddle out and knock the puck safely to the corner. Take a look: Read more

Report: KHLer who suckerpunched opponents could be suspended one-third of season

Jared Clinton
(via YouTube)

Barys Astana forward Damir Ryspayev has already been sentenced to a full pre-season ban after his actions during an exhibition contest against Red Star Kunlun on Monday, but the KHL could come down hard on the 21-year-old and ban him from competition nearly half the season.

According to a report from Russia’s Championat.com, Ryspayev could be facing a 20-game suspension for his actions, which works out to exactly one-third of the 2016-17 campaign.

A 20-game ban wouldn’t be the first time Ryspayev has been suspended, but it would definitely mark the longest suspension of his KHL career. Previously he had received short suspensions and one five-game ban for punching a downed Michal Kempny. And if that incident caused the KHL to express “extreme concern,” it makes sense that Ryspayev’s actions during the tune-up contest against Kunlun would result in a serious suspension. Read more

Vladimir Tarasenko puts puck on a literal string for sneaky shootout goal

Jared Clinton
Vladimir Tarasenko (via YouTube)

Some fans of St. Louis Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko refer to the 24-year-old as ‘Tank,’ and while Tarasenko himself isn’t too fond of the nickname, the moniker makes sense. He can power through opponents, run them over and when he gets some space to let a shot go, he’ll blow a puck past the world’s best netminders.

But just because Tarasenko is one of the league’s most dangerous and powerful forwards doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a knack for showing some creative flare. He’s shown his creative side with dazzling one-handed goals and has turned numerous defenders inside out with quick one-on-one moves. At a fan event held by the KHL’s Sibir Novosibirsk, though, Tarasenko went one step further with his on-ice trickery.

During a breakaway competition, Tarasenko skated across the blueline and tight in on goal before slipping the puck out wide, as if to pass it on a 2-on-0. The move to shift the puck to his right would have been a blunder under any normal circumstances, but Tarasenko had the puck attached to a string on his blade, allowing him to pull it back to his forehand out of nowhere: Read more

Report: KHL player possibly facing criminal charges for attacks during pre-season game

Jared Clinton
Damir Ryspayev (via YouTube)

KHL forward Damir Ryspayev became infamous throughout the hockey world Monday for his actions which led to the cancellation of a pre-season game between Barys Astana and Red Star Kunlun. But Ryspayev may have bigger issues beyond the suspension he’s facing for attacking several Red Star players.

According to several reports, Kunlun GM Vladimir Krechin has taken the matter to police and is seeking to press charges against Ryspayev.

During the pre-season game Monday, Ryspayev suckerpunched Red Star’s Tomas Marcinko. The result was Marcinko being taken from the ice by a stretcher and sent to hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion. Ryspayev also chased after and fought two more unwilling players before heading to the Kunlun bench and attempting to fight another player.

Ryspayev was subsequently suspended by the KHL until further notice, but Krechin told Russian news outlet TASS that Ryspayev’s actions should be further punished. Thus, the Red Star GM has taken the matter to authorities. Read more

Watch KHL goon suckerpunch three opponents, attack opposing bench in wild scene

Jared Clinton
(via YouTube)

Damir Ryspayev has played 23 career games in the KHL. Over that time, Ryspayev has yet to find the score sheet for anything other than heading to the penalty box, and the ridiculousness of Ryspayev’s playing style marred a pre-season tilt between Barys Astana and Red Star Kunlun on Monday.

The 21-year-old Ryspayev, who has racked up nearly 200 penalty minutes over his short professional career in Astana, turned the pre-season game between Barys and Red Star into a joke just three minutes into the first frame. After a faceoff in the Barys zone, Ryspayev tried to goad Kunlun’s Tomas Marcinko into a fight, and when Marcinko wouldn’t drop his gloves, Ryspayev decided to suckerpunch him in the jaw.

As if he hadn’t caused an ugly enough scene, Ryspayev kept throwing fists. He went from socking Marcinko to attacking two more unwilling combatants from Red Star — one of whom Ryspayev targeted twice — before turning his attention to the Kunlun bench, skating over and attempting to fight players who weren’t even on the ice. Read more