We present a summary of the main events in the world of hockey for July 26, 2023.
The owner of “Chicago” died
Chicago Blackhawks owner and board chairman Rocky Wirtz has died at the age of 70, according to the club’s official website. He has been president of Chicago since 2007.
“Thanks to their commitment and investment, the team won historic Stanley Cup victories in 2010, 2013 and 2015, Blackhawks games returned to local television and sold-out sales at the United Center lasted more than 13 years,” the club said in a statement.
Rocky Wirtz was also a member of the NHL’s executive and financial audit committees, headed by many public and charitable organizations. He is survived by his wife, four children and six grandchildren. The Wirtz family has owned the Chicago Blackhawks since 1954, when Rocky’s grandfather, Arthur Wirtz, acquired the club.
Barys terminated contract with Canadian without compensation payment
The hockey club “Barys” announced the termination of cooperation with striker Michael Chapu. According to the club’s press service, the contract was terminated without compensation.
“Barys Hockey Club officially announces the termination of cooperation with Michael Chapu. Upon signing a new contract, it was agreed that Chapu would undergo rehabilitation after surgery and arrive at the club’s location at the start of training camps. Unfortunately, Michael will need more time to fully recover than originally planned. In this regard, the contract with the striker was terminated without compensation payments,” the club’s press service said in a statement.
KHL’s final season, Chapu played 10 games for Barys, in which he scored three goals.
Lokomotiv explained the termination of the contract with defender Marchenko
Lokomotiv coach Igor Nikitin said the club parted ways with defender Alexei Marchenko due to a player’s injury.
“Why did you break up with Alexei Marchenko? The injury and its recurrence played a role. We cannot always control such processes. Hockey is a tough business. Hockey players, in general, sell their health. If there is no health, then there is a problem to sell it. As rude as it sounds, it’s true. I want to wish Lyokha good health. I told him about this after the termination of the contract. That’s life, we move on,” Nikitin was quoted as saying by the KHL website.
Last season, the 31-year-old defensive played 22 games in the regular season, dishing out five assists with a utility rating of “+3.” In the 2023 Gagarin Cup, Marchenko played 12 matches, in which he scored 3 (0+3) points.
Lokomotiv got rid of the star face of the KHL. Where will Alexei Marchenko play now?
Sebastian Aho signed an eight-year contract with Carolina
Sebastian Aho signed an eight-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes for a total of $78 million, the club’s press service reports. The agreement will enter into force from the 2024/2025 season.
Last season, Aho scored 67 (36+31) points in 75 NHL regular-season games. In the playoffs, the Finn played 15 games, in which he scored 12 (5+7) points.
The 25-year-old forward was selected in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft in the second round with the 35th overall pick. In total, Sebastian played 520 games in the NHL, in which he scored 218 goals and gave 250 assists, scoring a total of 468 points with a utility rating of “+80”.
Finn was flooded with money in the NHL. “Carolina” was generous with $78 million
Metalurh signed a contract with the American striker
Metallurg has signed striker Luke Johnson to contract, the club’s press service reports. The deal between the club and the 28-year-old centre forward is for one season.
Over the course of his professional career, he played for the Lincoln Stars and the University of North Dakota, withThey became the NCAA champion in the 2015/2016 season. In 2013, Luke Johnson was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round of the NHL Draft with the 134th overall pick. After that, he played for the Rockford Icehawks, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Iowa Wild, Manitoba Moose and San Jose Barracuda.
In the previous season, Johnson had 67 games for the Barracudas in the AHL and 18 (8+10) points. In total, the forward participated in the AHLe in 350 games and scored 150 (76 + 74) points. In the NHL, Luke has 32 games and 2 (1+1) points.
Two Russians moved to the Slovakian club
Goalkeeper Alexei Krasikov and striker Alexander Avtsin have moved to Slovakian club Liptovský Mikuláš, the team’s press service reports. The agreement with the hockey players is for one year.
Last season, Krasikov, 27, played 28 games for Spartak, in which he earned six wins with 91.1% of reflexed shots and a reliability coefficient of 2.97. In the KHL, Alexei played for Atlant, Sibir, Sochi and Spartak.
Avtsin, 32, in the 2022/2023 season played for Vityaz and Slovak Presov.For the club from the Moscow Region, Alexander held 13 matches, in which he gave two assists.
“Liptovský Mikuláš” in the last draw of the main league of Slovakia took the penultimate, 11th place. The club did not make the playoffs, but avoided relegation from the Extraliga.
A bank in Canada sued Galchenyuk
The Royal Bank of Canada sued former NHL player Alex Galchenyuk for nearly $400,000 for non-payment of a bank loan, according to the Montreal Gazette.
The bank requires full payment plus interest at a rate of 9.2% per annum starting July 20. The lawsuit was filed a week after the Arizona Coyotes announced the termination of the hockey player’s contract.
Galchenyuk is looking for work in Russia. The hateful American is badly needed for two KHL clubs
Recall that on July 9, Galchenyuk was arrested. He was charged with several counts: assault on private property, vandalism, disobedience, resisting arrest, threats and accident. The hockey player was sent to prison and then released on his own recognizance. The Arizona Coyotes, who signed Galchenyuk in early July, terminated the player’s contract on July 14.