FRWG Chats with Mikhail Grigorenko

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Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with Mikhail Grigorenko who is currently with the Rochester Americans. The 20-year-old Khabarovsk native spoke about his season thus far in the AHL, improving his game, and friends in the NHL.
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Soviet Coaching Legend, Viktor Tikhonov, Passes away at 84

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Late last night, the family of Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov announced the 84-year-old coaching legend had passed away. One of hockey’s greatest minds was said to be bedridden for weeks with an undisclosed illness.
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FRWG Chats with Andrey Makarov

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to chat with netminder Andrey Makarov who currently plays for the Rochester Americans. The 21-year-old Kazan native spoke about why he choose to stay in North America, his friends around the hockey community and his favorite US city. Be sure to catch our next interview next week with Mikhail Grigorenko.

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Slava Voynov Charged With Domestic Violence Felony

It’s been weeks since the Kings Slava Voynov was arrested following an alleged domestic violence in his California home and today the 24-year old was officially charged with one felony count of ‘corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury’. Voynov will stand before a judge on December 1 and could face 9 years in prison and possible deportation if convicted. The young defensemen has been skating away from the Kings while his $4.167 million/per year contract has counted towards LA’s salary cap.

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Valeri Nichushkin to Miss Four Months Due to Hip Injury

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The Dallas Stars announced over the weekend that 19-year-old winger would undergo surgery on a nagging hip injury. The Chelyabinsk native struggled with a the injury during training camp and was placed on the injured reserve two games into the season. Nine games later, he made his 20414 debut only to be shut down and placed back on the shelf after just four games.
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Vladimir Tarasenko Earns First Career Gordie Howe Hat Trick (Video)

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Last night, one of Russia’s youngest exports shined bright yet again as the Blues’ Vladamir Tarasenko scored his 10th goal of the year. Like many games already, the 22-year-old had a game with multiple points when he notched his 19th helper. However the true highlight of the night came when the winger took exception to a hit by Eric Nystrom and decided to drop the gloves.
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Sergei Gonchar Traded to Montreal

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The greatest Russian defensemen in NHL history has been traded north of the border as the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 40-year-old journeymen. In return, the Habs send Travis Moen. Gonchar, who just rejoined the Stars lineup after missing the first 11 games with an ankle injury will return to the eastern conference having played there his entire career before signing an ambitious contract last summer.
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Alexander Ovechkin Becomes Capitals All-time Points Leader

Last night, Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin surpassed Petr Bondra as the franchise leader in points. Ovi’s first period assist (below) gave him career point 826 achieving the feat in 270 less games than the Slovakian great.
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Blue Jackets Place Bobrovsky on IR

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Earlier this morning, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that goalie Sergei Bobrovsky would miss the coming two weeks with a broken finger. The 26-year-old Novokuznetsk native sustained the injury in practice on basic shooting drills according to head coach Todd Richards.
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NHL Suspends Slava Voynov Following Alleged Domestic Violence Arrest

In what seems to be a recurring yearly theme in the NHL, another Russian athlete has been arrested on suspicion of alleged domestic violence. Kings’ defenseman, Slava Voynov was arrested early this morning in Torrance, CA after bringing his girlfriend to the hospital after allegedly beating her. Hospital staff quickly alerted police who arrived and took the 24-year-old Chelyabinsk native into custody. Voynov posted the $50,000 bail and was immediately suspended indefinitely by the league.
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