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Repeat Champions in the KHL

A continent away, International championships are well on their way to being determined.

Most notable is the conclusion of the KHL, who yesterday crowned Dynamo Moscow champions for the second year in a row. 

Story (in English) and 14 minutes of video highlights (in Russian) found here.

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Riots break out in… Russian Hockey?

Avangard gets mobbed 6 seconds into play.  Avangard and Vityaz squared off last year as well in a teamwide brawl.  Here’s the story from Russia Today via Scott Baker from TheBlaze.com:

Russia Today:

Top KHL squad Avangard managed to finish their home game against league underdogs Vityaz, 3-2, despite a mass brawl. The incident occurred almost immediately after face-off. The Vityaz players went on the offensive after only six seconds of play. Avangard’s management says the brawl was a pre-planned act against their team. They have demanded that Vityaz be excluded from the KHL, and also want a lifetime disqualification for the club’s management. In January 2010, a similar brawl occurred during the clubs’ meeting in the Moscow region. Back then, the game was suspended, while Vityaz were considered to have struck the first blow, but avoided serious sanction from the KHL.


You can watch the video here :http://www.theblaze.com/stories/hockey-fight-russian-teams-throwdown-six-seconds-into-match/

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John Grahame drinking his way out of the KHL

From Caroilna On Ice, via Beyond the Blueshirts:

“More trouble for Avangard Omsk”

“Yesterday near the club “Atlantid” Grahame was noticed in an intoxicated state, after which a police squad arrived and took him to a detoxification center. Club president Konstantin Potapov and Avangard general manger Anatoli Bardin came shortly after to collect him from there. Later from a source in the club came information that the management of the Hawks is going to terminate the contract with the hockey player. Another option that is not ruled out is the possibility of trading the player. The press service of the club has not yet officially commented on the situation.”- Russian site, Sports Planet

So let me get this right.. a man can’t even get drunk in a bar anymore without losing his job? What’s this world coming to?

Strange news as the Russian translation is so vague on the description of events. Was Grahame just seen drunk and buzzed? Was he found passed out face down on the sidewalk outside the club? Did he almost Jimi Hendrix/Jim Morrison himself?

I’m not sure what exactly went down, but I do know that he hasn’t been playing well - and the team finding out that he’s piss-drunk and being arrested to detox would get just about anyone dismissed from any pro hockey team. This one here hopes he can get his act together to at least make a decent back-up goaltender in the NHL one day. Perhaps he could consult current River Rat Dan LaCouture - who gave up alcohol for the betterment of his personal life and hockey career.

After all, if you can’t handle your liquor - you shouldn’t be drinking in the first place.

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  Tags: hurricanes, john+grahame, khl

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