Latvian Hockey News Report

By Didzis Rudmanis

Archive for June 30th, 2010

Blinovs joins Shakhter Soligorsk

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Latvian forward Viktors Blinovs will remain in the Belarusian league also next season, however he will play in Shakhter Soligorsk, the farm club of KHL’s Dynamo Minsk, instead of Metallurg Zhlobin, where he spent his previous season.

Most likely, Blinovs has a two-way contract, so, in a case of great performance, he could work his way back to the KHL, where he played 24 games with Dinamo Riga in 2008-09.

Actually, Kaspars Saulietis (who is currently in HPK for a try-out), has already taken this path in the past. He played in Zhlobin, but was noticed by the board of Dynamo Minsk and signed a contract, so that he joined Dynamo Minsk mid-season of 2008-09. He continued playing in Minsk also in 2009-10.

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Maksims Sirokovs will play in Karlskrona

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Latvian defenseman Maksims Sirokovs has confirmed that he will sign a one-year contract with Karlskrona HK, playing in Swedish Divison 1 (third tier). He will join Latvian forward Arturs Ozolins, who already has a contract with the club.

In an interview to icebox.lv he said: “I had an offer to play in Slovakia, but I did not want to stay there, because the level of organization there is rather low. Moreover, at the end HK Nitra did not pay me all my wage and apparently is not going to. I had also an option to join Finnish Mestis league and also my agent negotiated with Wolfe Freiburg of German 2nd Bundesliga, where Olegs Znaroks used to play. Karlskrona option was the most interesting – both regarding career possibilities and financial aspect. There are good only good comments about Karlskrona. Usually games are attended by 2000 – 3000 people and the team is among the strongest ones in Division 1. Regularly clubs qualify to play in Allsvenskan, also Karlskrona is among the favourites. My contract is proposed for only the next season, however I do hope that together with the new club we will reach Allsvenskan and I will continue my career there.”

Maksims older brother Aleksejs Sirokovs in autumn will begin his second season with Amur Khabarovsk, playing in the KHL.