Stan Galiev Comments on Differences Between the AHL and KHL

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After a two month absence, former Washington Capital and Hershey Bear, Stan Galiev, returned to social media on Saturday, posting a photo of himself traversing a wooden sky bridge in Russia. Galiev is currently playing for the Russian Olympic Team, which is participating in the Sochi Hockey Open this weekend in Sochi, Russia.

Galiev has been fairly quiet and nearly invisibile since the Hershey Bears season came to an end in May. In that time, Galiev has moved on from Hershey and signed a two-year deal with Ak Bars in the KHL.


Galiev was recently interviewed by Russian media, and asked about the differences between the KHL with the AHL.  “The speeds here (KHL) are just as high, the level is just as high, but the playground (rink) is bigger. You have more space, you can combine more and get less fuss (battle) at the sides (along the boards). That is, you should use your skills more, your skating.”

“Speed ​​and good hands, of course, will be needed (in the AHL), but here (in the KHL) it is more necessary to search for space. If you find it, there are high-level players here, and they will definitely give you a good pass.”

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С самого утра на ледовой арене "Большой", где сегодня стартует хоккейный турнир Sochi Hockey Open, работает сервис-комната #CCM. К нам уже заглянули, чтобы посмотреть новую экипировку, нападающий олимпийской сборной Станислав Галиев и игроки ХК "Сочи" Андрей Иванов, Дмитрий Бойчук. Помогли с выбором клюшек, защиты и коньков. Теперь с новой экипировкой нужно выйти на тренировку и протестировать в деле ✌🏻

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Galiev was asked about the AHL and the junior leagues of North America. “There are a lot of young prospective players in the AHL who work every day. There, if you go out on the ice, you realize that it will not be easy. There are no passing matches, the level there is good.”

If you compare it with the KHL? “There is less force struggle here, because again there are big grounds (ice) here.”


By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Stan Galiev Comments on Differences Between the AHL and KHL

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good to see Stan’s smiling face again.

  2. Hope he does well in the KHL

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