Ilya Kovalchuk was fastest to adapt among the hockey greats flocking to Russia due to the NHL lockout. The SKA newcomer has scored eight points in five games as RT sums up the top KHL action from the last 10 days.
New NHL arrivals are already making their presence felt in the KHL. The match between title-holders Dynamo and SKA St Petersburg took center stage on Sunday, pitched as a battle between superstars Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk.
It's a week since NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced a lockout and some of the league's biggest stars have already arrived in the KHL, with all eyes on Mettalurg's Evgeny Malkin and Dynamo Moscow's Alex Ovechkin.
As the NHL lockout starts to bite in North America Russian stars are returning to the KHL. One of the biggest names, Alex Ovechkin, failed to score on his return to Dynamo Moscow, but earned an assist point as his side hammered Dynamo Minsk.
New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk is set to sign a lockout contract with SKA St. Petersburg, the club’s official website reports, while a fellow Russian star is in contact with Dynamo Moscow, the reigning Gagarin Cup holders.
Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Malkin were the star attractions as the triumphant national ice hockey team showed off their latest World Championship trophy from an open-top bus parade through central Moscow.
Russia's ice hockey team have landed back in Moscow after being crowned world champions – a victory they dedicated to the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. Despite the early hours some 1,000 fans came to welcome the heroes at Sheremetievo airport.
The Red Machine has destroyed surprise package Slovakia in the World Championships final, 6-2, to clinch the third ice hockey world title in five years and make sure the Russian fans won't let Helsinki sleep this night.