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(written by Ivars Zvirgzdiņš and originally published on Sportacentrs.com)
Shortly before the start of the 2012/13 season, Latvian hockey federation has published calendar for the upcoming season of the Latvian league. After a thorough exploration, myself being a mundane Latvian hockey follower, I was struck with dozens of questions and thoughts regarding the current state of Latvian hockey.
The first and most important question is in whose interests was the new calendar created. Much time isn’t needed to find an answer to it – already last year both Prizma Riga and Juniors Riga had problems with starting both in MHL B and Latvian league. Several of Juniors Riga games were rescheduled and there were others problems with Juniors’ participation in the league as well. For example, the federation seemed to not notice Juniors Riga decision of ignoring a few regular season games versus Lithuanian Energija Elektrenai, despite the fact that the club didn’t have MHL B games at that time. In the upcoming season Metalurgs Liepaja-2 will become already the third club that will play in both MHL B and Latvian league.
But let’s return our attention to the calendar of the next season! First of all, this year there will be eight teams participating in the league (there were 10 teams last year). This season SK LSPA/Riga has decided to drop out of the tournament and at this point also Energija Elektrenai isn’t among the competitors of the league.
Only eight teams participating in the tournament is nothing new or tragic, as the league has experienced already several such seasons in the past. The unfortunate part of the story begins, when we count the number of games each team will play – there are going to be a total of 112 regular seasons games, meaning only 28 matches for each of the teams. Also the playoff stage will start only with the semifinals (instead of six teams fighting for the title in the previous years). For a comparison, the newly established Latvian Enthusiast league (an amateur one) each team is planned to have 19 games and playoffs starting from the quarterfinal stage. Continuing our comparison, both EBEL and Belarusian league has more than 50 games in their regular season.
The motivation of decreasing the game pressure on the three teams participating in MHL B is apparent, but immediately another question arises – does the effort of growing our upcoming junior generation in the Russian hockey system leave the other Latvian players, who are already past their junior age, without a chance of playing a proper amount of games during the season? We have plenty of examples of players showing what they are really capable of when they have already reached 25 years or even older. There must be certain circumstances under which such players could develop, and one of them is a chance of playing a decent number of games. Could 28 games per season be considered a decent number or do we once again have to rely on Russia or some other European country on the development of Latvian players?
The number of Latvian hockey talents is far from being rich, thus we have to be able of acknowledging them and offering them a chance of proper development. Still, we also have to point out that a notable proportion of the younger players don’t even wait until they reach 20 years and become useless to the Latvian hockey scene – many players opt to play abroad starting from a very early age. Who can even estimate how many talented players Latvian hockey has lost in such a way?
Returning to the issue of the participation of the Lithuanian team Energija Elektrenai, we must conclude that there is no consensus reached yet, as clearly it is a clash of two different interest groups. Already prior the previous season team’s participation in the league wasn’t clear until the very last minute, and the situation seems to be same now as well. Although Latvian federation hasn’t confirmed Energija’s participation, in Lithuanian press the executive members of the team are telling about team’s intentions of renovating the Elektrenai ice rink and club’s readiness of competing in the Latvian league. It seems that, in the name of the three teams participating in MHL B, Latvian federation is ready to give up our years long cooperation with the Lithuanian team. It is quite odd, as Latvian federation expects a helpful hand from other countries, yet we are not willing to help the development of hockey in other countries.
To sum up, there is only one real conclusion – dear Mr. Lipmans (head of Latvian federation) and the owners of the Latvian teams, perhaps the time has come to cease imitating activity and start working on the development of the league? A development, whose aim would be clear to the Latvian hockey fans and most likely to the Latvian hockey federation as well.
During the past two days Latvian U18 national team in Riga played two games against the Austrian U18 team, crushing it both times with 7:1 and 7:2. The top scorer of the Latvian team was 1994-born Roberts Lipsbergs, who scored four goals.
Latvian U18 national team missed several key players. First of all, it was 1994-born Zemgus Girgensons, who is having a superb season in the USHL, also Edgars Klavins, who is one of the leading scorers of the Swedish U18 league, wasn’t in Riga. Edgars Kurmis, who plays for HK Riga, was in Denmark with the Latvian U20 team. Another possible miss-out was Artjoms Dasutins, who is playing for HK Sheriff of the MHL.
Latvian U18 results:
Latvian U18 statistics:
|F||Regnars Kalinovskis||2||2||1||3||0||1993||Metalurgs Liepaja-2||Latvia|
|F||Arturs Birstins||2||2||1||3||2||1993||SC Riessersee U18||German DNL|
|F||Martins Lavrovs||2||1||2||3||16||1994||Arlanda J18||Swedish U18|
|D||Edgars Siksna||2||1||2||3||4||1993||Metalurgs Liepaja-2||Latvia|
|F||Juris Ziemins||2||1||2||3||0||1993||HK Riga||MHL|
|F||Valters Freijs||2||1||1||2||2||1994||Metalurgs Liepaja-2||Latvia|
|F||Rihards Remins||2||1||1||2||4||1993||Prizma Riga||Latvia|
|F||Nikolajs Jelisejevs||2||1||1||2||2||1994||DHK Latgale||Latvia|
|F||Sandis Sostaks||2||0||1||1||2||1993||Metalurgs Liepaja-2||Latvia|
|D||Andrejs Kondrovskis-Kudrjavskis||2||0||0||0||0||1993||DHK Latgale||Latvia|
|D||Kriss Lipsbergs||2||0||0||0||4||1993||HK Riga||MHL|
|G||Vadims Miscuks||1||4.12||1993||Metalurgs Liepaja U18||Latvia U18|
- Toms Andersons is playing in Switzerland, but the club is unknown.
- Players, whose teams are unknown, are playing outside either Latvian or Latvian U18 league.
Written by Didzis Rudmanis
November 14, 2010 at 11:05
Posted in Latvian U18 national team
Tagged with Andrejs Kondrovskis-Kudrjavskis, Arlanda J18, Artjoms Dasutins, Arturs Birstins, Austrian U18 national team, DHK Latgale, Edgars Klavins, Edgars Kurmis, Edgars Siksna, Emils Potapovs, German DNL, HK Riga, HK Sheriff, Janis Eisaks, Juris Ziemins, Kriss Lipsbergs, Kristaps Nimanis, Latvian league, Latvian U18 league, Latvian U18 national team, Latvian U20 national team, Martins Lavrovs, Metalurgs Liepaja U18, Metalurgs Liepaja-2, MHL, Nikolajs Jelisejevs, Nils Grinfogels, Patriks SKuratovs, Pauls Zvirbulis, Prizma Riga, Regnars Kalinovskis, Ricards Kondrats, Rihards Cimermanis, Rihards Remins, Rinalds Rautensilds, Roberts Lipsbergs, Sandis Sostaks, SC Riessersee U18, Swedish U18 league, Toms Andersons, USHL, Vadims Miscuks, Valters Freijs, Zemgus Girgensons
This article(let’s be modest, this list) reveals approximately 70% of all the players, who will step on the ice for a Latvian league game next season. Today a list of roster applications was published in Sporta Avize. However, HK Ogre and Lithuanian Orakulas Vilnius have not submitted applications as of yet.
The team has not added a single player to the roster, the teams will still consist of veteran Latvian players, who have played for Ozolnieki/Monarhs (Vilki Riga, HK NIK’s Brih Riga) for many, many years. Naturally, team also includes several younger players, like Kristaps Stigis or Aldis Pizans.
HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs roster:
Metalurgs farm club has only a couple of minor additions, but most of the new faces on the Metalurgs Liepaja-2 roster will come from the Metalurgs U18 team.
Metalurgs Liepaja-2 roster:
DHK Latgale roster:
SK LSPA/Riga roster:
Prizma Riga roster:
Written by Didzis Rudmanis
August 24, 2010 at 10:44
Posted in Latvian league
Tagged with Aigars Mironovics, Aigars Pauce, Aldis Pizans, Aleksandrs Kercs, Aleksandrs Siskovics, Andis Abolins, Andrei Lukin, Andrejs Kondrovskis-Kudrjavskis, Andrejs Smirnovs, Andris Vegners, Ansis Brikainis, Armands Holms, Arnis Kusins, Artjoms Ogorodnikovs, Artjoms Sutovs, Arturas Kuzmicius, Arturs Abolins, Arturs Batraks, Arturs Kuzmenkovs, Arturs Sevcenko, Arvis Petunovs, Bruno Zabis, Dags Laucins, Dairis Zarins, Daniel Bogdziul, Daniels Riekstins, Davis Paipa, Deniss Baskatovs, Deniss Martjusovs, DHK Latgale, Dmitrijs Ankudinovs, Dmitrijs Labovskis, Edgars Apelis, Edgars Cuss, Edgars Dzirkalis, Edgars Kurmis, Edgars Opulskis, Edgars Rozentals, Edgars Siksna, Eduards Bullitis, Eduards Zenins, Edvins Kolcins, Egidius Bauba, Egils Kalns, Eriks Bisenieks, Eriks Ozollapa, Filips Plostnieks, Gatis Bruders, Gints Leitis, Hardijs Paradnieks, Henrijs Uzraugs, HK NIK's Brih Riga, HK Ogre, HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs, Imants Lescovs, Ivans Dmitrijevs, Ivans Kokins, Janis Auzins, Janis Kalnins, Janis Liepa, Janis Lukasevskis, Janis Sahno, Janis Vegners, Janis Zarins, Jevgenijs Fjodorovs, Juris Ziemins, Justas Steponaitis, Kalvis Ozols, Karlis Hirss, Karlis Zakrevskis, Kaspars Kragis, Kriss Kupcus, Kristaps Kruze, Kristaps Riekstins, Kristaps Stigis, Kristians Drelings, Lauris Dzerins, Lauris Ziemins, Leonards Rimjans, Livars Lans, Maksims Firsovs, Maksims Krutjko, Maris Dreilings, Marks Zeldess, Metalurgs Liepaja U18, Metalurgs Liepaja-2, Mihails Bogdanovs, Miks Komuls, Mikus Hermanis, Nauris Buskevics, Nauris Grinvalds, Nikita Krilovs, Nikolajs Jakovlevs, Nikolajs Jerofejevs, Ojars Smaukstelis, Olegs Koreskovs, Orakulas Vilnius, Oto Everss, Otomars Plinta, Pauls Hodzko, Pauls Krumins, Pavels Tribuncovs, Peteris Ostosovs, Peteris Pujats, Prizma Riga, Raivis Cimoska, Raivis Turks, Ralfs Barkevics, Reinis Demiters, Renars Kalinovskis, Renars Kazanovs, Renars Zeltins, Renats Vabiscevics, Ricards Berzins, Rihards Grigors, Rihards Kepitis, Rihards Malinovskis, Rihards Strauss, Rinalds Audziss, Rodijs Razmuss, Romans Glazkovs, Romans Sevcenko, Ronalds Burnickis, Ruslans Kurelass, Sandis Saulite, Sandis Sostaks, Sandis Virkstenis, Sergejs Kuznecovs, Sergejs Petuskovs, Sergejs Povecerovskis, Sergejs Tarabrins, Silvestrs Kulins, SK LSPA/Riga, Vadims Miscuks, Vadims Romanovskis, Vadims Sinakovs, Vadims Solovjovs, Valters Freijs, Viktors Lobacovs, Viktors Rutkovskis, Viktors Sorins, Vilki Riga, Vilnis Vabolis, Vitalijs Goncaruks, Vitalijs Gurevics, Vitalijs Lescovs, Vladislavs Balakuns, Vladislavs Dudins, Vladislavs Lescovs, Zemgale
Although Latvian Hockey Federation’s meeting took place already August 11, the new press secretary of the federation decided that there was no need to inform the public about the conclusions made any earlier than five days later.
It was clarified that the league is going to start on September 11 and will have six rounds, which means that all seven(eight?) teams would have to play 36(42?) games. However, federation is still working on the calendar.
As of yet, participation of seven teams has been confirmed:
- Metalurgs Liepaja-2
- DHK Latgale
- HK Ogre
- HS Riga/LSPA
- Prizma Riga
- HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs
During the meeting teams came to an agreement that the league will also include a Lithuanian team, who would play their home games at Vilnius’ Siemens Arena, which has the capacity of 8750. At this point I have something very important to make clear – even in the very brightest days of Latvian league(mid-1990’s) 5000-seat Rigas Sporta pils was almost never sold-out. In the past two seasons an attendance of 500 would have been considered a shockingly high one. Also, there is no clue, which is the Lithuanian team willing to play in Latvia. Is it ambitious Vetra Vilnius, who was never really established(without a single personnel/player signed) and failed to enter KHL this summer?
A few days ago it was also announced that on September 1-4 already the sixth Sergei Zholtok Memorial Cup will take place. It is an exhibition tournament, where usually four U20 national teams take part. This year the tournament will include Latvian, Belarusian, Danish U20 teams, as well as the Russian U18 team.
Written by Didzis Rudmanis
August 16, 2010 at 21:35
Posted in Latvian league
Tagged with Belarusian U20 national team, Danish U20 national team, DHK Latgale, HK Ogre, HK Ozolnieki/Monarhs, HS Riga/LSPA, Kontinental Hockey League, Latvian Hockey Federation, Latvian league, Latvian U20 national team, Metalurgs Liepaja-2, Prizma Riga, Russian U18 national team, Sergei Zholtok Memorial Cup, Vetra Vilnius, Zemgale