This Shootout Goal In The KHL Skills Competition Is Just Filthy

Holy shit this is dope. Nikita Gusev's little twirling move looks more like ballet than hockey, and not only does it look really cool, it works. Here's a GIF: » 1/25/15 4:48pm 1/25/15 4:48pm

(He Signed With The KHL's HC Sochi)

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KHL Player Scores Incredible Juggling Goal

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl was eliminated from the KHL playoffs today, but not before Geoff Platt—who had cups of coffee with the Blue Jackets and Ducks—scored this ridiculous three-tap goal. » 4/10/14 5:36pm 4/10/14 5:36pm

KHL Player Concussed After Fans Toss Him In The Air, Fail To Catch Him

This is video of Barys Astana forward Talgat Zhailauov, returning home after a first-round playoff win (the club's first ever postseason series victory) to be greeted by jubilant fans at the airport. Up goes Talgat! Down goes Talgat, hard. » 3/17/14 4:39pm 3/17/14 4:39pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Joins The KHL, And He's Getting A Raise

Four days after Ilya Kovalchuk's shocking retirement from the Devils, he's found himself a job. As expected, Kovalchuk's deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL was made official today. Let's see how much he'll make, and then maybe we'll stop calling his NHL retirement "shocking." » 7/15/13 9:01am 7/15/13 9:01am

Mike Keenan Will Coach In Russia, And Made This Weird Video To Say Hi

After four years away from the bench, Mike Keenan will take the reins of the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The team announced the deal with this video, which combines the best of Russian production values with Keenan's inimitable charisma. » 5/13/13 9:38am 5/13/13 9:38am

Russian Meteorite Damages KHL Arena, Putting Playoffs In Jeopardy

A meteorite exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk today, shattering glass, damaging buildings, and injuring nearly 1,000 people. (Head over to Gawker for all your bolide porn.) » 2/15/13 10:15am 2/15/13 10:15am

Here's The Best Goal From The KHL All-Star Game, Which Had A Final…

The KHL All-Star Game was more notable for the NHLers playing—Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk took part after getting permission from their American teams, even after Kovalchuk made comments casting doubt on his intentions to return to the Devils this year. (Lubomir Visnovky wasn't an all-star, but he's still not… » 1/14/13 5:05pm 1/14/13 5:05pm

The NHL Barely Dodged A Putin-Backed Russian Mutiny, But The League…

The NHL lockout is over, and most of the players (not Lubomir Visnovsky, though) who kept their games sharp in the KHL have returned to work in the United States. Washington's Alex Ovechkin is back in the States, saying funny things and wearing funny t-shirts. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin has abandoned Magnitogorsk, a… » 1/08/13 5:00pm 1/08/13 5:00pm

The NHL Lockout Is Over; Play To Start Within The Next Two Weeks…

Five days short of a January 11 deadline that would have scuttled the entire season, the NHL and NHLPA have reached a deal that, pending approval from a player vote, will end the lockout and allow for a condensed 50-game season. Teams will likely only play other teams from within their own conference during the… » 1/06/13 8:25am 1/06/13 8:25am

Ilya Bryzgalov Leaves Russian Team Because He Thinks The Lockout Is…

Here's what's not up for dispute: Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, best known for being a crazy person, will not be playing anymore for CSKA Moscow. He finishes his KHL stint with a 6-5 record and a 2.13 GAA. The real question is, why is Bryzgalov leaving now? » 12/31/12 11:20am 12/31/12 11:20am

Lots Of NHL Players Have Headed To A Russian City That Is Essentially A…

Magnitogorsk, Russia. Our kind of town. They've got one hell of a hockey team, with Evgeni Malkin and Nikolai Kulemin, and all the rest. They just added the Avalanche's Ryan O'Reilly. What's in the latest headlines over there? » 12/14/12 6:55pm 12/14/12 6:55pm

Ilya Bryzgalov Can't Take Your Calls Right Now; He's About To Launch…

The Russian men's national hockey team recently removed Flyers' goalie and philosopher Ilya Bryzgalov from their roster before the start of the Channel One Cup, an annual tournament for Europeans playing in European leagues. During the NHL lockout, Bryzgalov has been playing for CSKA Moscow of the KHL. And he hasn't… » 12/11/12 2:10pm 12/11/12 2:10pm

OK! Magazine Russia Names Evgeni Malkin Its Most Eligible Bachelor

The player once called "the ugliest guy in the league" has graduated to the most eligible bachelor in Russia. This says something about the men in Russia, or perhaps more about Malkin's willingness to sit for a photo shoot. » 11/20/12 10:10am 11/20/12 10:10am

Your KHL Update: Importing the Enforcer

While the NHL and the NHLPA may or may not be making significant progress toward saving the season, hockey rages on abroad. Hopefully I'll have reason to stop doing these posts soon, but in the meantime, here's your second weekly KHL fix. » 11/08/12 6:00pm 11/08/12 6:00pm

What horrifying thing Alexander Radulov saw on player…

Who Needs The NHL? Your Weekly English-Language KHL Update

With a growing number of European NHLers threatening to stay in foreign leagues after the lockout, maybe it's time the fans did too. After all, the Kontinental Hockey League—the consensus second-best league in the world—has made it easier than ever for North American fans to follow the action. They've got… » 10/26/12 1:05pm 10/26/12 1:05pm

Hockey, Everybody!

We noted yesterday there is indeed professional hockey being played, and much of it can actually be watched on television! ESPN2 aired the much-anticipated Lev-Dynamo game, one claimed by Moscow after Alexander Ovechkin seized a mishandled puck and tucked it in for the game's only goal. » 10/10/12 9:00am 10/10/12 9:00am

Don't Despair, NHL Fans: You Can Watch Imitation Pro Hockey On ESPN!…

There's still no NHL hockey. It won't be coming back for a while. (But you knew that already.) So what is a despairing puckhead to do? You could always watch college hockey, which starts its national TV schedule this weekend. But you're probably not going to find the skill you're looking for there. This is where… » 10/09/12 1:05pm 10/09/12 1:05pm