Services have been held to mark the 10th anniversary of the air crash which killed players and staff of Russian ice hockey club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Claiming 44 lives, the aviation disaster is among the worst in sports history.
Russian winger Nikita Kucherov took aim at rival hockey fans in an epic rant after helping his team win the Stanley Cup, lauding goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made a phone call to his parents in Russia on the ice afterwards.
Russia star Kirill Kaprizov fell to the ice in agony and was left with blood pouring from his nose after being smacked in the face by a stray stick, leaving fans asking why his assailant escaped punishment in a brutal NHL clash.
The New York Rangers have been slapped with a $250,000 fine for calling on the NHL to take proper action against a notorious thug who carried out cowardly assaults on two Russian stars – while the offender was docked just $5,000.
Notorious hockey brawler Tom Wilson has been accused of a "horrifying act of violence" by the New York Rangers after hitting Pavel Buchnevich to the back of the neck and body-slamming Artemi Panarin, ending the winger's season.
Team Russia survived the dismissal of their inspirational captain for 10 minutes to earn a sensational win over hosts the USA at the IIHF World Under-18 Ice Hockey Championship, coming back from 5-1 down in the curtain-raiser.