About the League
Team Russia played their first game at the 2021 IIHF World Championship. Junior Hockey League alumni were a key part of the win over Team Czech Republic. Almost every player on Team Russia has Junior Hockey League experience.
Game-winning goal for Team Russia was scored by Anton Burdasov, who played for Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk back in his Junior Hockey League days. Shortly before the second intermission with the game being tied 1-1 a Russkie Vityazi Moscow Region alumnus Artyom Shvets-Rogovoy gave Team Russia their second lead of the tilt. However, the Czechs managed to bring it back to even before the buzzer.
Five minutes into the third frame Alexander Barabanov, who leads SKA-1946 St. Petersburg in tallies and points, scored his first goal at the tournament. Barabanov is also one of the most decorated Junior Hockey League alumni. Late in regulation Dominik Kubalik tied it up for the third time but overtime was not meant o be. Russia caught Czech Republic with a quick transition play, Ivan Provorov made a long stretch pass to Mikhail Grigorenko, who skated to the net and put it top-shelf. Team Russia beat Team Czech Republic 4-3 in a thriller.
Mikhail Grigorenko played 53 games in Junior Hockey League for Krasnaya Armiya Moscow and won the Kharlamov Cup in 2011. He also won a silver medal at IIHF U18 World Championship, which was followed by silver and bronze medals at World Juniors. Grigorenko also won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea as a member of Team Russia and the Gagarin Cup with CSKA Moscow. Grigorenko won bronze medals with Team Russia at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
2021 IIHF World Championship. Round Robin
Elektrum Olimpiskais Centrs. Riga, Latvia
Team Russia – Team Czech Republic – 4-3 (1-1, 1-1, 2-1)
1-0 – Burdasov (Grigorenko, Morozov) – 04-16 PPG
1-1 – Flek (Spacek) – 09-26
2-1 – Shvets-Rogovoy (Kamenev) – 36-00 SHG
2-2 – Vrana (Kubalik, Hajek) – 37-53
3-2 – Barabanov (Voronkov) – 45-28
3-3 – Kubalik (Hronek) – 57-23 PPG
4-3 – Grigorenko (Provorov) – 59-41
Goaltenders: Samonov - Hrubec