Articles by Ilyas Omarov

Kazakh legionnaire’s hat trick helps his club win Norway’s cup

OSLO – Kazakh athlete and national team member Iskander Nugmanov, playing this season for Oslo’s Ready club, completed a hat trick in the club’s win over Ullern. The capital clubs were playing for the Kretsmestere Cup in anticipation of the regular Norwegian Ice Hockey Championship.  Nugmanov’s three goals iced Ready’s 3-2 victory in the final…

Ten HC Barys facts from 10th KHL season

ASTANA – Despite the fact that the 10th regular Continental Hockey League (KHL) Championship is not over yet, for the fans of Astana Barys it has become a mere formality, since their favourites, for the first time in history, have lost their chances for the playoffs a few rounds before the end of the regular…

Olympian Alzhan Zharmukhamedov attends ‘Going Vertical’ premiere in Astana

ASTANA – The Olympic champion of 1972 in basketball in Munich Alzhan Zharmukhamedov recently visited Astana. In the Kazakh capital, he took part in the premiere of the Russian film “Going Vertical,” which tells of the historic victory of the USSR basketball team over the U.S. team in the 1972 Olympic finals. Zharmukhamedov is the…

Barys fifth in Eastern Conference following one third of KHL matches

ASTANA – Following two games played last weekend, HC Barys Astana has completed 22 matches or more than one third of the scheduled matches of the regular Continental Hockey League’s (KHL) Championship. Barys had an impressive start this season and even occupied the first position in the KHL’s Eastern Conference for some time. Then the…

HC Barys has impressive start in KHL’s 10th season

ASTANA – HC Barys played four home games to start the 10th season of the Continental Hockey League’s (KHL) regular championship. The Snow Leopards (the team’s name translated from Kazakh) opened Aug. 24 with a win against HC Spartak Moscow. The victory came with a low “football-type score” of 2-0. The hosts backed down, however,…

Barys begins 10th KHL season with roster of fresh faces

ASTANA – Barys Astana will begin the regular season of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) on Aug. 24 without some of its key players: the snow leopards will play without longtime leader Brandon Bochenski, who has ended his storied KHL career; as well as leading centre Dustin Boyd, who moved to Dynamo Moscow. Only Nigel…

Canada Hockey Day held at Astana’s Barys Arena

ASTANA – Canada Hockey Day at the capital’s Barys Arena May 21 marked the 25th anniversary of Kazakh-Canadian diplomatic relations, 150th anniversary of Canada and 60th anniversary of ice hockey in Kazakhstan. Some senior Kazakh officials attended the festival, including First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Amin, who also serves as president of the Kazakhstan Ice…

HC Barys out of Gagarin Cup playoffs, loses in second round

The Barys hockey club, much to the regret of its large army of fans, ended its playoff runin the second round of the Gagarin Cup playoffs of the Continental Hockey League with a loss to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the current Gagarin Cup holder. Barys lost in all four games of the series – 0:4, 4:5 (OT),…

Barys has early Gagarin Cup success, stumbles at home

ASTANA – HC Barys had a successful first round of the Gagarin Cup playoffs, beating Traktor from Chelyabinsk. For the overall victory in that series, it was enough for the “snow leopards” to play six matches, in four of which the club from Astana was stronger. Except for the first two matches in Chelyabinsk, where…

Barys Astana to Play Traktor Chelyabinsk in First Round of Gagarin Cup

ASTANA – HC Barys finished fifth in the regular season of the Eastern Conference of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) and progressed to the Gagarin Cup playoffs for the eighth time. The previous season was the only season the Kazakh club failed to make the playoffs. Barys won 90 points and will now meet HC…