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Lokomotiv and the KHL, A Year Later

A year after terrible tragedy inflicted the hockey world and the city of Yaroslavl in particular, the people there are ready to cheer on their Lokomotiv hockey team again. Here's a look at their team in 2012-13.

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Elitserien Says 'Nej' to Locked Out NHLers

Sweden's top professional hockey league could have seen a big boost in talent this fall by potentially adding locked out NHL players, but has instead opted to not allow short term mercenary talent.

Laraque Led CHLPA Tries to Unionize Major Junior Players

Canadian junior hockey has been a key part of the global hockey scene for years, and is turning into big business. A group is trying to unionize the players, but may turn into a farce and leave legitimate issues unresolved.

Summer Hockey: Canada U20 vs. Russia U20 Challenge

It's super hot out, it's August, which means it's time to watch hockey again. Canada and Russia renew their historic rivalry in Yaroslavl for the first game of the 2012 Challenge series between their U20 teams.

League Equivalencies and NHL Rookies

Utilizing league equivalencies tells us a lot about the quality of young players that are close to reaching the NHL. Here's how NHL rookies for the past 4 years have looked vs. the current crop before their careers began.

Canadian Goaltending Under Focus at CHL Import Draft

The state of Canadian goaltending continues to be a hot button issue for Hockey Canada, with top officials calling for the CHL to quit allowing import goaltenders. Hockey Canada, however, is only noting the symptom and not addressing the root of the problem.

IIHF Worlds: Russia and Slovakia Square Off for Gold

It's medal day at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. The Czechs and Finns play for bronze, while in the main event, Russia meets Slovakia with global hockey supremacy on the line.

IIHF World Championships: Semifinals Open Thread

It's semifinal time at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. Follow the action as Finland takes on Russia and the Czechs and Slovaks square off for hockey supremacy.

IIHF Annual Congress: Jamaica, Qatar Added to IIHF

The IIHF's Annual Congress provided some surprising news regarding new member nations, accepting Qatar as a full member and Jamaica as an associate member. Rene Fasel also delivered a defence of the IIHF's decision to host the 2014 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, despite political pressure to move the event.

IIHF Quarterfinal Recap: Hockey Season's Best Day?

The IIHF World Championships quarterfinals provides everything a hockey fan could wish for: 4 consecutive highly competitive and emotionally destabilizing hockey games. Here's a recap of the 2012 edition that sent Slovakia, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic on to the medal round.

IIHF Worlds: Quarterfinals Open Thread

It's quarterfinals day at the IIHF World Championships, featuring four games between the world's top eight hockey nations. Canada takes on Slovakia, Russia plays Norway, Finland faces the USA while Sweden and the Czechs face off in a rematch of last year's semifinal.

IIHF World Championships: Preliminary Round Closes Tuesday

The preliminary round of the IIHF World Championships comes to a close on Tuesday with a few things still to be decided. Can France do the unthinkable, and will Slovakia, Germany or Switzerland qualify for the 2014 Olympics?

Norway Qualifies for 2014 Olympics in Sochi

The Polar Bears will be back at Sochi in 2014, as the Norwegian national men's hockey team qualified for the Olympics by reaching the quarterfinal at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. The finish ensures Norway a top 9 World Ranking, and leaves only two automatic berths open for potential suitors to claim on Tuesday.

IIHF World Championships: Time Running out on Denmark, Latvia, and France

The 2012 IIHF World Championships is entering its final week, with two days left of the preliminary round to play. Can Denmark avoid relegation, and can France or Latvia make a last push for a quarterfinal berth?

IIHF World Championships: What's Done, and What's Ahead

The IIHF World Championships enter their second week with a bang, with two key clashes to determine first place in each group. First the morning starts with Kazakhstan/USA and Italy/Czech Republic, before rewarding us with Finland/Canada and Sweden/Russia to end it off.

IIHF World Championships: Day Seven Open Thread

It's the end of the first week of the IIHF World Championships, and the differences between the top nations and the bottom ones are beginning to be clearly defined. There are some key battlegrounds emerging for the quarterfinal positions, so follow today's action on Puck Worlds to see how it unfolds!

IIHF World Championships: Day Six Open Thread

The preliminary round keeps chugging on at the IIHF World Championships with four more games on Wednesday. Catch the action and comment on the game here, or follow for updates.

IIHF World Championships: Day 5 Open Thread

It's Day 5 of the IIHF World Championships. Catch all the action and talk about it on Puck Worlds as it happens.

IIHF World Championships: Day 4 Open Thread

Day 4 of the 2012 IIHF World Championships sees Canada take on France, the Czechs facing Norway, Slovakia trying to find their first win against the USA, and neighbours Denmark and Sweden battling it out for points. Talk about the action here.

IIHF World Championships: Day 3 Open Thread

We're now into the third day of action at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, and each team will be playing in their second game of the tournament today. There are six games total, highlighted by Finland vs. Slovakia in Helsinki and Germany vs. Latvia in Stockholm, with early playoff positioning on the line.

IIHF Worlds Recap: Small Swedish Crowds Cause Price Slashing

Attendance issues have been a major topic so far at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. Find out how big of a reduction Swedish organizers are making in prices, as well as a recap of the first two days of on ice action here.

IIHF World Championships: Day 2 Open Thread

Day 2 of the 2012 IIHF World Championships features four games, including the debuts of Russia, Latvia, Switzerland, and Kazakhstan. In the late games, Canada takes on the USA in Helsinki while Sweden faces the Czechs in a tough test in Stockholm.

IIHF World Championships: Day 1 Open Thread

Six games kick off the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm. Get informed about the games and keep up with the action as it happens throughout the day.

IIHF World Championship Predictions

With the IIHF World Championships set to begin, Puck Worlds looks at the field and makes some predictions. Will gold go to hosts Finland, co-hosts Sweden, traditional powers Russia or Canada, or someone else?

2012 IIHF World Championships Preview: The Contenders

In our final IIHF World Championships preview, Puck Worlds looks at the top five ranked teams in the world, the most recent champions of the tournament. Here we preview Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, and of course, the defending champion and hosts Finland.

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Denmark - Italy, 4 - 2

2012 IIHF World Championships: The Pretenders

It's Part Two of our 2012 IIHF World Championships previews, having a look at the bubble teams, the ones likely to finish outside the medals but compete for a playoff spot. We feature Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, and the USA.

2012 IIHF World Championships Preview: The Longshots

The 2012 IIHF World Championships begin on Friday, May 4 in Stockholm and Helsinki. Here's a preview of some of the teams for whom winning a medal is only a dream at this point, including Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Denmark, Belarus and France.

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KHL to Prague, MHL to Karlovy Vary

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In a rather progressive move, the KHL has posted yesterday's playoff game between SKA St....

In a rather progressive move, the KHL has posted yesterday's playoff game between SKA St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow on YouTube in its entirety. The match was an exciting and controversial one as Dynamo won 5-4 in overtime after an SKA goal was disallowed midway through the extra frame. Moscow now leads the best-of-seven Gagarin Cup Conference Final series 1-0, with action set to resume tomorrow at 19:00 MSK, 11:00 EST.

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Paul Romanuk is covering the IIHF's Challenge Cup of Asia in Dehradun, India, which is in India's...

Paul Romanuk is covering the IIHF's Challenge Cup of Asia in Dehradun, India, which is in India's first ice hockey rink just completed last year. Here's his post-game coverage from the United Arab Emirates/Thailand and Macau/India games. Kuwait, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) are the other teams participating.

On Radulov, and What He Means to KHL and NHL

Alexander Radulov's saga has hit another turn, and it has great ramifications for the KHL, NHL, and player himself. What's the best path for Radulov?

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SM-liiga team Corsi and Fenwick numbers

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My ongoing project of scraping useful stats out of raw data provided by the official SM-liiga website has reached its first milestone. Team Corsi and Fenwick numbers have some huge surprises, such as league leading KalPa being near the bottom of the rankings.

CHL's Suspension of Yakupov Disgusting

Top 2012 NHL Draft prospect Nail Yakupov sat out the CHL Top Prospects game with a legitimate knee injury. The CHL suspended him anyways for two games for not participating, in one of the most disgusting league decisions in recent memory.

Two Years From Sochi, Nations Apply for Hockey Qualification

The IIHF announaced the 32 men's national teams and 24 women's national teams that have applied for the 2014 Olympic qualification tournaments. Here's a look at some of the issues with the qualifying procedures, and why the best 12 men's nations may not qualify for the Olympics