by Risto Pakarinen - December 18, 2009 11:52 AM EST
European players try to play their way onto Olympic squads, led by Jaromir Jagr; Jani Hurme's bad luck; and more.
First Channel Cup, the third leg of the Euro Hockey Tour, kicked off Thursday. The tournament is considered the last chance for European-based players to play themselves onto Olympic rosters.
by Risto Pakarinen - December 11, 2009 2:10 PM EST
MarkstrÃ¶m's thriving in Europe... minimal coaching causalities... ready to break... and Nylander's return?
Jacob Markström, Team Sweden goaltender for the upcoming World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan, is a serious rookie of the year candidate in the Swedish Elitserien.
by Risto Pakarinen - November 27, 2009 3:30 PM EST
The Champions League gives up... Stefan Liv becomes Sweden's Mr. Zero... Finnish ad wars... and Germany gets a new friend.
Well, they say it ain’t over until the fat lady sings Queen’s ‘We are the Champions’ and while she hasn’t finished the song yet, she is well into the second verse as far as the Champions Hockey League is concerned.
by Risto Pakarinen - November 20, 2009 1:20 PM EST
A Swedish team tries to connect with the KHL, but will the idea fly? The state of the Champions League, hot Haggstrom, and more.
Right now, in the European hockey hotbed of Scandinavia, there’s only six hours of daylight per day. And that might be having an effect on the teams, because it has led to sleepy days in the standings.
by Risto Pakarinen - November 13, 2009 1:41 PM EST
Lukko big lead... Hasek watch... Bremberg's scorching scoring... KHL eyeing expansion... and a new Swedish record?
Oct. 24, 2009 will be a date for Rauma Lukko to remember. It happens to be the last – and only – time Lukko has lost in regulation time this season.
by Risto Pakarinen - November 6, 2009 3:55 PM EST
Forsberg returns, again... A new Finnish leader... Gerber playing well... A Canuck in Germany... and Yushkevich goes to Finland.
With all eyes on Peter Forsberg once again, let’s get familiar with the Swedish language. The actual phrase used in the Swedish television broadcast of the Sweden-Czech Republic game in Jonkoping, Sweden was “Foppa Kollen,” meaning “Foppa Watch.
by Risto Pakarinen - October 30, 2009 1:50 PM EDT
Euro Hockey Tour kicks off... Laviolette heads to Germany... Daigle in the doghouse... KHL expansion?... and more.
It’s time for another national team break as the top four European hockey nations – Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the Czech Republic – play the second phase of the annual Euro Hockey Tour in Helsinki.
by Risto Pakarinen - October 23, 2009 12:35 PM EDT
Thanks to Yashin and Esche, St. Petersburg is tearing up the KHL... and the Champions League returns?
St. Petersburg SKA is on top of the Western Conference in the Kontinental League with 39 points in 17 games, second in the league. Alexei Yashin leads the way on offense – 20 points in 17 games – and goalie Robert Esche is taking care of the back end of the business.
by Risto Pakarinen - October 16, 2009 2:15 PM EDT
Is the KHL preparing to become a pan-European circuit?... EV Zug heads to the top... Backman comes home... and a new Canuck at the Swiss helm.
According to a report in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, KHL president and IIHF council member Alexander Medvedev has presented the IIHF council his new plan for a pan-European league, going under the working title “United Hockey Europe.
by Risto Pakarinen - October 9, 2009 4:45 PM EDT
Steve Kariya injects new life into JYP... Bonk back home... HV71 a force to be reckoned with... KHL stars of the week... and more.
The second-fastest way to get a team going – an early-morning bag skate being the best – is to get some new players. Thanks to the global downturn, and the usual volatility of the hockey managers’ tempers, there are still a lot of players available – and in rotation.
by Risto Pakarinen - October 2, 2009 12:45 PM EDT
Blackhawks down... Finnish champs start poorly... Djurgarden's slow road back... and NHL exhibition games struggle for fans.
If one team approaches a game with a sense of purpose and the other not so much, which team is going to win? The correct answer: ZSC Lions. In less than a year, the Swiss team has won over European hockey fans by first advancing to the final of the Champions League, a cup tournament for European club champions, and then beating the heavy favorite Metallurg Magnitogorsk of Russia twice in the two-game final.
by Risto Pakarinen - May 7, 2009 12:26 PM EDT
Alexander Medvedev - president of the Kontinental League; member of the KHL’s St Petersburg team SKA’s board; and council member of the International Ice Hockey Federation - is right at the epicenter of European hockey.