Latvian Hockey News Report

By Didzis Rudmanis

Archive for the ‘MHL’ Category

Galkins joins Zubry Minsk

leave a comment »

Latvian defender Aleksandrs Galkins who played for HK Riga of the MHL has joined another MHL club – Belarussian Zubry Minsk, reports kasjauns.lv. Galkins already spent the whole previous season in Belarus, while playing for HK Brest of the Belarussian Extraleague.

With 13 (2+11) points in 27 games Galkins was the leading HK Riga defender in scoring. Also his +/- of +8 was third highest among the defensemen of the club. However, one of the main reasons why Galkins might have left the club was the time on ice which had dramatically decreased since the beginning of the season.

This will make Galkins the fifth Latvian in foreign MHL clubs, as both Aleksandrs Kercs Jr. and Edgars Ulescenko are playing for the other Belarussian club in the league – Yunost Minsk, while Ronalds Cinks and Artjoms Dasutins are playing for accordingly MHC Krylia Sovetov and HK Sheriff.

Cinks fighting for a place in Krylia Sovetov

leave a comment »

After being released from HK Riga just several days ago, 20-year-old Latvian forward Ronalds Cinks has now joined another MHL club Krylia Sovetov for a try-out, reports LETA news agency.

Cinks was released from HK Riga as he did not meet the expectations of the club. Both the coaching staff and Cinks himself agreed on breaking the contract. Unofficial sources, however, were informing that Cinks was punished for disregarding the disciplinary terms of HK Riga.

Krylia Sovetov has also a VHL team, where another Latvian Sergejs Pecura is currently spending already his second season. In the recent years also Roberts Bukarts and Ainars Podzins (both now playing for Dinamo Riga) have played there.

This season Cinks played 12 games with HK Riga, scoring a goal and adding six assists. Throughout the past two seasons Cinks was also repeatedly recalled to Dinamo Riga of the KHL, where played a total of 20 games.

Written by Didzis Rudmanis

October 30, 2010 at 14:34

Cinks released from HK Riga

leave a comment »

HK Riga, the farm club of the Kontinental Hockey League’s Dinamo Riga, has announced that it has released 20-year-old Latvian forward Ronalds Cinks from the MHL club.

According to the official statement, he did not meet the expectations and both the coaching staff and Cinks himself agreed on breaking the contract. Unofficial sources, however, have been informing that Cinks was punished for disregarding the disciplinary terms of HK Riga.

In a short conversation with sportacentrs.com Cinks commented: “That is not true, I was not released for disciplinary violations. During the next few days I will have to sort out, where to practice, in order to maintain my physical form, and as of now I have no idea, where I will pursue my career.”

During the past two seasons Cinks was called up to Dinamo Riga several times and appeared on a total of 20 games, while this season he has played 12 games with HK Riga, posting one goal and adding six assists.

Written by Didzis Rudmanis

October 13, 2010 at 16:43

Simek’s time in Riga ends

leave a comment »

After the second exhibition game of Dinamo Riga, forward Juraj Simek, who had a try-out contract with the club, has been released and is free to go.

According to icebox.lv, Simek is planning on joining the pre-season camp of AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, where he already spent the previous two seasons. Right before the camp Simek recovered from angina, which certainly affected his performance in Riga.

As of now Dinamo has try-out contracts with goaltender Edgars Lusins, defender Martins Jakovlevs and forwards Vitaly Karamnov, Ainars Podzins and Juris Stals. It is, however, expected that Martins Jakovlevs will play for HK Riga of MHL. Jakovlevs still has not played a single exhibition game for Dinamo.

According to Janis Matulis of the respectable weekly Sporta Avize, HK Riga has released another three forwards – Rustams Begovs, Mikelis Freimanis and Vjaceslavs Movko.

Twelve players released from HK Riga camp

leave a comment »

The HK Riga training camp began already on very beginning of July and only now the newly-established Dinamo Riga farm club head coach Leonids Tambijevs has made the first cuts.

The released players are goalie Rihards Cimermanis, defenders Andrejs Smirnovs and Edvards Zarins, as well as forwards Rudolfs Prusis, Lauris Rancevs, Janis Berzins, Janis Zarins, Ivans Dmitrijevs, Edgars Bebris, Rinalds Rautensilds, Deniss Baskatovs and Mikus Ozols.

As of this moment the team has left with 29 players, of whom four are goaltenders. Still, most likely several players will join the team, when released from the Dinamo Riga training camp.

It has also been announced that HK Riga will play seven exhibition games before the start of the season:

  • August 7 – Metalurgs Liepaja (in Liepaja)
  • August 15 – Zubry Minsk (Dynamo Minsk MHL team) (in Minsk)
  • August 16 – Zubry Minsk (in Minsk)
  • August 20 – Yunost Minsk MHL team (in Pinki)
  • August 21 – Yunost Minsk MHL team (in Pinki)
  • August 26 – Yunost Minsk MHL team (in Minsk)
  • August 27 – Yunost Minsk MHL team (in Minsk)

Supler makes the first cuts

with 2 comments

It has been two days, since the Dinamo Riga training camp took off, and the head coach Julius Supler has made his first cut, sending four players to the MHL club HK Riga and releasing another player completely.

The players sent down to HK Riga are defenders Eriks Sevcenko, Aleksandrs Galkins and Ricards Birzins, as well as forward Edgars Lipsbergs. Galkins played for HC Brest of Belarusian league last season, as well as for Keramin-2 Minsk of the Belarusian 2nd league, while the 21-year-old Birzins has been playing in the Dinamo system for the past two seasons already.

Supler also released 25-year-old forward Guntis Dzerins, who missed the whole previous season, because of health issues and was in the camp for a try-out. His younger brother Andris played 17 games for Dinamo last season and is expected to make the team also for 2010/11.

After showing himself at the Washington Capitals Development Camp, it has also been announced that defender Kristaps Sotnieks has arrived at the camp.

Foreigners arrive in Riga, coaching staff is announced

leave a comment »

On Monday American Chris Holt, who has a two year contract with Dinamo Riga, as well as Juraj Simek and Kenneth Bergqvist, who are in Riga for a try-out, have arrived, although the pre-season camp will begin only on July 23.

It is also finally revealed that there is, after all, no try-out contract signed with Bergqvist, however there is a mutual agreement that he will participate in the first part of the training camp, as well as play in a couple of exhibition games. If he would prove himself, a contract will be signed anyway.

After Slovakian Miroslav Miklosovic, who was an assistant coach alongside Artis Abols for Julius Supler for the past two seasons, has decided to continue his coaching career in Slovakia, there was a free vacancy, which is apparently going to be taken by Viktors Ignatjevs, long-time Latvian national team player, who has retired after playing in HYS The Hague last season. He played only in five World Championships, although he could have played also in both 2006 and 2007, but was injured during the training camp both times.

Also the coaching staff of HK Riga has been announced. The head coach will be Leonids Tambijevs, who coached SK Riga/Profs-18 of Latvian league last season. One of his assistant coaches will be Andrejs Banada, who worked with Tambijevs also last season, but the other assistant coach will be Aigars Cipruss, who worked with Dinamo Riga farm club also last season.