Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg’s Three-Year Turnaround

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At the end of the 2012/13 KHL season, no team envied the situation of Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The team had just finished dead last in the KHL with a paltry 35 points, and ranked at or near the bottom in every major category. Their NHL lockout signing, Joffrey Lupul, bolted after 9 games. Two years later, […] READ MORE


What’s Wrong with Salavat Yulaev Ufa?

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For years, Salavat Yulaev Ufa have been one of the KHL’s model franchises. Having won the final Russian Super League championship in 2008, the Bashkir side won trophies in each of their first three KHL seasons (two Continental Cups and one Gagarin Cup). In addition, they won at least one playoff series in five of […] READ MORE


Battleground Belarus

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Ever since the Russian Sbornaya was knocked out of the home-ice Sochi Olympics, a massive turf war has been brewing between the KHL and the Russian Hockey Federation. And now, a neighboring nation has been caught in the crossfire, leaving many players across the KHL with their future uncertain. For the 2014/15 KHL season, the […] READ MORE


Ten KHL Newcomers to Watch

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With the start of KHL season right around the corner, Last Word on Sports has pinpointed ten newcomers to Europe’s top ice hockey league for fans to look out for in the 2015-16 season. Ten KHL Newcomers to Watch Mathis Olimb, F, Jokerit Helsinki 2014-15: 87 points in 84 games across all competitions for club […] READ MORE


2015/16 KHL Season Preview: Chernyshev Division

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Over the last few weeks, Last Word on Sports has been previewing the new Kontinental Hockey League season ahead of the season opener on August 24, between SKA Saint Petersburg and CSKA Moscow. Today, we will look at the Chernyshev Division of the Eastern Conference. This is the final part of our KHL season preview for all […] READ MORE


KHL Season Preview: Kharlamov Division

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Over the next few weeks, Last Word on Sports will be previewing the new Kontinental Hockey League season ahead of the season opener on August 24, between SKA Saint Petersburg and CSKA Moscow. Today, we will look at the Kharlamov Division of the Eastern Conference. This is part three of our KHL Season Preview. KHL […] READ MORE


2015/16 KHL Season Preview: Tarasov Division

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Over the next few weeks, Last Word on Sports will be previewing the new Kontinental Hockey League season ahead of the season opener on August 24, which will pit SKA Saint Petersburg against CSKA Moskva. Today, we will look at the Tarasov Division of the Western Conference. Part 2 of our four-part KHL season preview. 2015/16 KHL Season […] READ MORE


2015-16 KHL Season Preview: Bobrov Division

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Over the next few weeks, Last Word on Sports will be previewing the new Kontinental Hockey League season ahead of the season opener on August 24, which will pit SKA Saint Petersburg against CSKA Moskva. Today, we will look at the Bobrov Division of the Western Conference. 2015-16 KHL Season Preview: Bobrov Division Dinamo Minsk The Minsk […] READ MORE