Part Two Of A Glimpse Into The KHL
January 16, 2011 in A glimpse into the KHL, International Hockey Tags: Brandon Sugden, Broad St. Bullies, Chris Simon, Darcy Verot, Evegeny Artyukhin, Evegeny Nabokov, Gagarin Cup, Josh Gratton, Kevin Lalande, KHL, Kontinental Hockey League, Lord Stanley, Maxim Afinogenov, Sergei brylin, Sergei Zubov, St. Petersburg SKA, Stanley Cup, Vityaz Chekhov, Yuri Gagarin
St. Petersburg SKA, sitting high in the standings, boasts several players who had careers in the NHL. Alexei Yashin, Maxim Afinogenov, Sergei Zubov, Evgeny Artyukhin, Sergei Brylin, and Evgeny Nabokov, all seasoned ex-NHLers, play here, although no Canadians are on the squad.
I think for most North Americans, living and playing in Russia can be a trying experience, but Vityaz Chekhov has five Canadians on their roster – Darcy Verot, Josh Gratton, Kevin Lalande, Chris Simon, and Brandon Sugden. (An interesting story about Brandon Sugden can be found here – Brandon Sugden)
Vityaz Chekhov are also considered the Broad St. Bullies of the KHL, a tough, scrapping bunch, although on the night Denis went, they behaved themselves and won.
The Kontinental Hockey League clubs play for the Gagarin Cup, named after a true Russian hero Yuri Gagarin, a cosmonaut who became the first human in outer space and who is, according to my wife, possibly Russia’s most beloved hero of all time. Lord Stanley was Canada’s Governor General and donated the Stanley Cup, but Yuri Gagarin was a pioneer cosmonaut during the Cold War. For Russians, there’s no comparison.