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Tampere Cup Underway

The education of young [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] at the elite level of European hockey continued today. Despite allowing 6 goals in his team's opening match of the Tampere Cup today against Swiss team SC Bern, Helenius got the W in penalty shots 7-6. Former Kelowna Rocket Lauris Darzins had the winning goal in the shootout. It should be noted SC Bern has several former NHLers on their roster including Sebastien Bordeleau, Christian Berglund and Simon Gamache. Ilves faces its toughest test of the tournament tomorrow against Russian Superleague power Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The third stage of the Lada Cup will also take place Thursday.

Cibak to Sweden

Former Lightning center Martin Cibak has signed with Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League. Cibak, who was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Lightning this summer, had two goals and six assists in 65 games for Tampa Bay this past season. He had one assist in six games for Tampa in their Stanley Cup run of 2004. Cibak essentially lost his job with the Lightning when management decided they wanted more physical play and offense from the fourth line next season.

Lada Cup Day Two

Dimitri Kazionov stayed hot today scoring a goal and adding a helper despite Kazan's 4-3 loss to Nizhnekamsk in Russian preseason action. In the day's other match, Red Wings prospect Igor Grigorienko had 2 goals and an assist as Togliatti laid the wood to Ufa 6-1. Lightning prospect [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] again sat in favor of Mike Fountain.

Lada Cup Day One

Wearing #67, Dimitri Kazionov scored a goal today in Kazan's opening match of the Lada Cup against Ufa. Unfortunately, Ak Bars fell in the contest 5-3. Lada Togliatti toppled Nizhenkamsk 2-1 in their opening match. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] got the day off for the home team in favor of pro veteran Mike Fountain who may split time this season between the pipes with Koshechkin.

Lada Cup Begins Tomorrow

Preseason hockey in Europe continues tomorrow with the beginning of the Lada Cup. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] and host team Togliatti will square off with Superleague teams Salavat Yulayev, Ak Bars Kazan (Dimitri Kazionov) and Nizhnekamsk. On Wednesday, the Tampere Cup will begin with [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] and Ilves facing Brynas from Sweden, Elsbaren Berlin from Germany, Metallurg Magnitogorsk from Russia and cross town rival from Finland Tappara.
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