Latvian Hockey News Report

By Didzis Rudmanis

Posts Tagged ‘World Championships

Pecura returns to Krylia Sovetov

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Latvian forward, who just recently was released from Dinamo Riga, has signed a contract with VHL club Krylia Sovetov, where he spent already the previous season.

In a conversation with icebox.lv he also revealed that there was a financially better offer from Metallurg Zhlobin, however he chose Krylia Sovetov, as it might turn out to be better for his future.

Last season he posted 37 (21+16) points in 44 games. He joined Krylia Sovetov, after Dinamo Riga traded him for right to Latvian forward Roberts Bukarts. In May Pecura also played in the World Championships, where scored one goal in six games.

Written by Didzis Rudmanis

August 10, 2010 at 17:35

Third Latvian joins TKH Torun

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39-year-old Latvian veteran Andrejs Ignatovics has joined Polish club TKH Torun. Latvian forward spent previous season with Brest of French 2nd league.

During his long career Ignatovics has played in seven World Championships for Latvian national team, but his career highlight is the 2001/02 season, which he spent in Djurgarden of Swedish Elitserien.

Andrejs is joining already two Latvians at the club – Toms Bluks and Edgars Adamovics. Between 2007 and 2009 all three of them played together in ASK Ogre.

TKH Torun will soon begin a three team tournament, whose winner will qualify for a spot in Polish league.

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.

Raitums likely to join Ertis Pavlodar

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Kazakh portal Ekspress K has announced that Kazakh league club Ertis Pavlodar is very close to signing Latvian goalkeeper Martins Raitums, who spent the previous season with Hull Stingrays of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Martins has participated in four World Championships for Latvian national team and last year was the second goalie, changing Edgars Masalskis in the middle of 1-6 blowout against Canada.

During 2008/09 he played for ASK Ogre – one of the Latvian clubs in the Belarusian league, but last season he managed to join Hull Stingrays only by late January – just before the trade deadline.

Currently also several other Latvian players are in negotiations with Kazakh league clubs and might join them for the next season. According to an unexposable source, the salaries in Kazakhstan are way bigger than, for example, French Ligue Magnus.

Metalurgs Liepaja is ready to start

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It has been already some time, since the Latvian club Metalurgs Liepaja began their thirteenth pre-season camp. For the fifth time the team will play in the Belarusian league. After the current Latvian champion Dinamo Juniors Riga ceased their existence, Metalurgs will also take part in the Continental Cup.

The team is traditionally built around long-time Metalurgs veterans, such as Filimonovs, Zabotinskis, Feldmanis, Mamonovs. The team consists also of many younger players, who have learned the game of hockey in Liepaja. Besides Lithuanian Nerius Alisauskas and Russian Sergei Gubin, who have played in Liepaja for several years, this season the team also includes Lithuanian defender Arturas Katulis and two Ukrainians – Yuri Navarenko and Artem Gnidenko. All three have appeared in several Worlds Championships for their respective national teams.

Two players, who played for Metalurgs almost since the first day, Eduards Ivanovs and Juris Ozols after the previous season have decided to retire from hockey. Eduards Ivanovs already has been announced as one of the Metalurgs-2 Liepaja coaches for 2010/11.

Metalurgs Liepaja current roster:

G Dmitrijs Zabotinskis Latvia 1980
G Maris Jucers Latvia 1987
G Janis Kalnins Latvia 1991
G Nauris Grinvalds Latvia 1990
D Vents Feldmanis Latvia 1977
D Edmunds Kniksts Latvia 1982
D Renars Demiters Latvia 1986
D Nerius Alisauskas Lithuania 1991
D Glebs Rogoza Latvia 1991
D Karlis Liepins Latvia 1990
D Martins Gipters Latvia 1989
D Sergei Gubin Russia 1977
D Arturas Katulis Lithuania 1981
D Yuri Navarenko Ukraine 1979
F Valerijs Filimonovs Latvia 1979
F Vladimirs Mamonovs Latvia 1980
F Maris Gravitis Latvia 1981
F Edijs Brahmanis Latvia 1983
F Gunars Skvorcovs Latvia 1990
F Sergejs Danilovs Latvia 1989
F Vitalijs Pavlovs Latvia 1989
F Toms Zeltins Latvia 1986
F Aldis Abolins Latvia 1985
F Lauris Bajaruns Latvia 1989
F Arturs Mickevics Latvia 1991
F Edgars Brancis Latvia 1985
F Maris Dilevka Latvia 1992
F Artem Gnidenko Ukraine 1980

Foreigners arrive in Riga, coaching staff is announced

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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.