Latvian Hockey News Report

By Didzis Rudmanis

Dinamo releases four players

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Dinamo Riga has made their second cuts and, as a result, Kenneth Bergqvist, Eriks Ozollapa, Sergejs Pecura and Igor Biryukov have been released from the team. In the same time, Juris Upitis and Raimonds Vilkoits will continue to prepare for the season with HK Riga.

The amount of players with try-out contracts has decreased largely and currently only Edgars Lusins, Vitaly Karamnov, Ainars Podzins, Juraj Simek and Juris Stals have a contract for the next season. Still, only Vitaly Karamnov was on the roster in yesterday’s exhibition game (Lusins was dressed as the second goalie).

Another player currently still with the team is 19-year-old defender Martins Jakovlevs, who is not likely to win a spot on the roster. However, in case on injuries, he might be a great call-up, because he has born in 1991, which makes him U20 also for the upcoming season – in order to dress four full lines in the KHL, at least one of the players must be U20.

While Kenneth Bergqvist showed rather disappointing performance at the yesterday’s game, Eriks Ozollapa and Igor Biryukov did not even have a chance to show themselves in front of the fans. The fact that Sergejs Pecura has also been released is a little bit more surprising, as he played four games for Dinamo in 2008/09, but, prior 2009/10, was traded to Krylia Sovetov for rights to Latvian Ainars Podzins. At the end of the previous season he even played for Latvian national team at the World Championships.

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  1. Glad to come across your blog. Excellent work & written in perfect English. I’ve added it to my RSS feeds.

    BTW, speaking of that, you might want to make your RSS feed link more visible. I don’t see it, but my RSS feed program (NetNewsWire) found it automatically for me.

    Marat

    August 3, 2010 at 16:08

  2. I am quite upset, seeing Pecura released once again and fearing Stals is following him. I guess they just doesn’t fit into Suplers vision of DR roster.

    Oz

    August 3, 2010 at 20:55


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