Alex Ovechkin Scores 500th NHL Goal

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On Sunday night, Alex Ovechkin became the 43rd player in NHL history to score 500 career goals. It took Ovechkin 801 games to reach the milestone making him the fifth fastest player to do so. Those who did faster are Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky (575), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693). He becomes (obviously) the first Russian to score 500 goals and could very well be the only one to reach the plateau.
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Montreal Waives Goodbye to Alex Semin

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It appears the Alex Semin Montreal experiment has run it’s course not even half way through his one-year deal. The Canadiens are expected to waive the 31-year old winger who featured in 15 of Montreal’s 28 games. Having last played on November 25, Semin was only able to notch one goal and three helpers with his limited ice time and his placement on waivers doesn’t come as a total surprise. It will be interesting to see whether he reports to the AHL or is scooped up by another team who can’t pass on the opportunity of a 500 career point scorer for the remainder of the season.
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Alex Ovechkin Becomes Highest Goal Scoring Russian of All-Time

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After tying Sergei Fedorov’s record for most goals for a Russian-born NHL player two Saturday’s ago, the stage was set for Alex Ovechkin to break the record in Detroit. With Fedorov in attendance having just been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame it would’ve been fitting for Ovi to break it with his former teammate in attendance.
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Sergei Fedorov HHOF Weekend: FRWG Edition

The greatest Russian hockey player to play in the NHL was immortalized this past weekend and your favorite Russian hockey blog was on hand to witness it all.
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Changing of the (Red) Guard

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The 80s saw the first hockey players from the Soviet Union make it to the NHL. These early pioneers risked much to defect so they could play in the US and Canada. Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov broke the barrier that allowed Soviet players to more freely move to the NHL. Since then, we have seen many great names come from Russia and other former Soviet bloc countries.
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From Russia With Gloves: Getting to Know the NHL’s Latest KHL Imports

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The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! The opening of the NHL free agency period saw for the first time in years, Russian players choosing to leave the motherland instead of running home. We try our best to give all the incoming comrades an evulation and how they will mix into their new teams.
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Slava Voynov Announces His Return to Russia

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After serving two-thirds of his 90-day sentence in county jail and almost immediately being arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement upon his release, Slava Voynov is headed back to Russia. However, the announcement did not come from a immigration or government official but rather the 25-year-old promising defensemen instead.
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Slava Voynov’s NHL Career Now ICE’d

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The Slava Voynov saga added a new chapter on Wednesday as the 25-year-old LA Kings defensemen was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Voynov, who had just been released from the Seal Beach Detention Center after pleading guilty and serving time for domestic abuse is currently being held at an unknown ICE detention center.
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Alexander Semin Lands in Montreal

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After being bought out prior to the opening of free agency window, Alexander Semin had remained on the market for 24 days without much reports of where his hockey career would continue. However, moments ago the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 31-year-old Krasnoyarsk native agreeing to a one-year deal for $1.1 million. A low risk move for the Habs can pay off greatly as Semin’s numbers prior to last years fluke season earned him a reputation of being one the better snipers in the NHL today.
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Slava Voynov sentenced to 90 Days in Jail after pleading no contest

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The Slava Voynov assault case is finally reaching an end as a judge ruled yesterday that the 25-year defenseman will have to spend 90 days in county jail as well as serve three years probation. The ruling comes after the Chelyabinsk native pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of one count of corporal injury to spouse. 
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