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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Dynamo Moscow wins European Champions Cup

No Christmas While I'm Talking

Earlier today, Dynamo Moscow won the IIHF European Champions Cup tournament, emerging victorious among a field made up of the current champions of six different hockey leagues in Europe. The tournament title positions Dynamo to be the European representative for a future meeting that is being proposed between the overall European champion and the NHL Stanley Cup champion.

Maxim Sushinsky, Dynamo's leading scorer so far this season in the Russian Super League (10g and 17a in 31 games), had a goal and an assist for Dynamo in the final game, a 5-4 shootout victory over Kärpät of Finland. Sushinsky was voted the tournament MVP, an honor that he had won the year before as a member of Avangard Omsk.

The recap, as it was given on

Dynamo won its first ever European club title in their tenth attempt, but it took a penalty shootout against a resilient Kärpät Oulu to claim it.

The loss is sour for Kärpät who have been so close in both editions of the ECC but remain empty handed. Last year they were beaten in overtime by Russian Avangard Omsk.

Igor Mirnov scored the game and ECC winner in the fifth round of the shootout. His shot beat Niklas Bäckström high on the glove side.

The light was green and so was I
Dynamo captain Maxim Sushinsky

A couple of months ago the NHL Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly, had made comments to the effect that an IIHF - NHL series would be off if Dynamo were to become the ECC champions. At a press conference following the ECC tournament, IIHF president Rene Fasel had this to say:

"I discussed this subject with Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the NHL, when we met in Vancouver (at the World Juniors). Up through now, he doesn't have any objections. Now it is only for us to find a date on the calendar that is suitable for all of us."


Anonymous mrs. brushback said...

So g12 noticed that Vladimir Vorobiev was not on the Dynamo roster for this year and I further read that he had been traded to Ak Bars.

Here's his player page on the roster:

He's lost a lot of weight and a lot of hair.

1/10/06, 3:33 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

This is "Hartford Wolf Pack" as it appears in Russian on Vladimir's Ak Bars profile, by the way:

Хартфорд Вулф Пэк

Just trying to be helpful.

1/10/06, 8:36 PM


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