From left to right: Yuri Lebedev, Alexander Bodunov, and Vyacheslav Anisin, the trio the Canadian press dubbed “The Headache Line” during the 1972 Summit Series.  Here shown in a publicity photo for their club team, Krylya Sovetov Moscow.

From left to right: Yuri Lebedev, Alexander Bodunov, and Vyacheslav Anisin, the trio the Canadian press dubbed “The Headache Line” during the 1972 Summit Series.  Here shown in a publicity photo for their club team, Krylya Sovetov Moscow.

Linus Omark cuts to the net while playing for Dynamo Moscow against CSKA in 2009-10.  Omark will be back in the KHL in 2014-15, playing for Jokerit.

Linus Omark cuts to the net while playing for Dynamo Moscow against CSKA in 2009-10.  Omark will be back in the KHL in 2014-15, playing for Jokerit.

The Datsyuk family go down the folkloric path in naming their infant daughter!

Top picture: Locker nameplate for little Vasilisa. (Source)

Bottom picture: “Vasilisa the Beautiful" by Ivan Bilibin, 1899. (Source)

Yes, any opportunity to post an Ivan Bilibin painting on a hockey blog is an opportunity worth taking advantage of - why do you ask? :)

alexfromfridge:

Miro Blatak’s save: the best save of the 2013-2014 hockey season, actually

alexfromfridge:

Miro Blatak’s save: the best save of the 2013-2014 hockey season, actually

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Nice set of highlights of the final game of the 1969 World Championship, between Canada and the USSR, in Stockholm, Sweden. (Source)

Andrei Kovalenko, wearing a few (but not all) of the sweaters that he donned during his career.  Clockwise from top left: Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, Russian National Team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

Biryusa Krasnoyarsk goalie Kristina Gavrilyuk turns away Yekaterina Lebedeva of Fakel Korkino during Russian Women’s Hockey League action in January of 2014.  Although Lebedeva, a regular with the Russian national team, was kept of the scoresheet in this one, Fakel won the game 5-3.  (Source)

Biryusa Krasnoyarsk goalie Kristina Gavrilyuk turns away Yekaterina Lebedeva of Fakel Korkino during Russian Women’s Hockey League action in January of 2014.  Although Lebedeva, a regular with the Russian national team, was kept of the scoresheet in this one, Fakel won the game 5-3.  (Source)

A quick look at what the new team on the coast of the Black Sea has been doing to build its first roster.  There are some interesting names!

From left to right: Valery Kharlamov, Vladimir Petrov, and Boris Mikhailov, right around 1970 or so.

From left to right: Valery Kharlamov, Vladimir Petrov, and Boris Mikhailov, right around 1970 or so.

Spartak Moscow defenseman Vladimir Tyurikov in the 1980s.  Tyurikov became a coach in the Spartak system after his retirement from playing in 2004, and will be in charge of MHK Spartak in the MHL next season.

Spartak Moscow defenseman Vladimir Tyurikov in the 1980s.  Tyurikov became a coach in the Spartak system after his retirement from playing in 2004, and will be in charge of MHK Spartak in the MHL next season.