On Thursday night Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals exorcised their demons as they claimed the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Ovechkin, who put his team on his back all post-season finally captured the trophy that has eluded him his entire career. Ovechkin scored his 15th goal of the playoffs setting a franchise record and tying Sidney Crosby for most since 2005. Years of repeated disappointing Capitals failure has weighed on him heavy, as the once goofy kid is grayer than most of his 33-year-old counterparts, all worth it now as he becomes immortalized in hockey lure. Continue reading “Alexander Ovechkin Becomes First Russian Captain to Win Stanley Cup”→
For the first time since 2004, three Russians were selected in the first round of Friday’s NHL Draft in Pittsburgh. Much speculation was made beforehand as to whether the Edmonton Oilers would trade their first pick having picked first the past two years. Any suspicion was quickly put to rest when GM Steve Tambellini announced 18-year-old Nail Yakupov’s name making him the third Russian to ever be picked first overall in draft history. Continue reading “Three Russians Drafted in First Round of 2012 NHL Draft”→
Sound the sirens! Run to your shelters! The Russians are invading! No, seriously. In the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 8 Russians were taken. You look at that number and think, “Hey. That really isn’t that many.” And you’d be right in that regard. However, this is the first time in four years that the number of Russians has increased. Dont believe me? Refer to the chart below:
This year’s NHL draft brings about a lot of talent, as it does year after year. However, the crop of Russian players is not as copious as years past (most noticeably the 2010 NHL Entry Draft). You will not find the likes of a Burmistrov, Tarasenko, Kuznetsov, Kabanov, Galiev, or Kitsyn. But a new breed of Russian hockey player is quickly coming into the fold. The two notables in this year’s draft are, the OHL’s, Vladislav Namestnikov and Alexander Khokhlachev. Most likely first or second round draft picks, these two Russians have taken the next step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NHL by coming across the ocean from Russia to play in the top junior league in the world.