The Washington Capitals now have a new champion in their organization. Forward prospect Bogdan Trineyev, drafted by the Capitals in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, and his team, JHC Dynamo Moscow of the MHL, won the Kharlamov Cup on Friday, by beating JHC Yaroslavl Loko by a 7-5 score.
The Kharlamov Cup is awarded each year to the team who wins the Russian Junior Hockey League (MHL) playoffs. The cup is named for Valeri Kharlamov, who was a top hockey player for the Soviet Union, but died in a car accident in 1981.
JHC Dynamo Moscow beat JHC Yaroslavl Loko in the series, four games to one. Yaroslavl Loko was the most recent winner of the Kharlamov Cup, winning it in two consecutive seasons, 2017-18 and 2018-19. (The Kharlamov Cup championships were not held in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic).
JHC Dynamo Moscow is the junior hockey club affiliate of Moscow Dynamo of the KHL, the club most famous for where Alex Ovechkin played prior to joining the Capitals. (At the time, the league was known as the Russian Super League). JHC Yaroslavl Loko is the junior hockey club affiliate of Yaroslavl Lokomotive of the KHL.
Today, JHC Dynamo Moscow won a wild game, 7-5, to clinch the championship. While Trineyev did not score any goals or record any assists, he was one of the key players who contributed to their championship and one of the first to hoist the cup (on the right):
For the championship series, Trineyev (#88) didn’t score any goals but recorded three assists in the five games of the Finals.
Trineyev, who turned 19 years old in early March, played in 13 postseason games, scoring three goals and recording five assists for eight points overall during the playoff run for JHC Dynamo Moscow.
For the regular season in the MHL, Trineyev played in 33 games, scoring 15 goals and recording 15 assists for 30 points. He also played in 22 games at the VHL level for Dynamo, scoring one goal and recording one assist. He even got into three games for Moscow Dynamo at the KHL level.
This was the very first Kharlamov Cup that JHC Dynamo Moscow had ever won. It also marks Moscow Dynamo as the first club in Russia to collect a full set of trophies in the “modern” Russian hockey; i.e. since the start of the 2008-09 season: Gagarin Cup (2012 and 2013), Bratina (2017) and Kharlamov Cup (2021).
The series between JHC Dynamo Moscow and JHC Yaroslavl Loko began on April 15 at home, where Dynamo won 2-1 in a shootout. Dynamo won the second game at home on April 16 by a 3-1 score with Trineyev contributing two assists.
Dynamo Moscow traveled to Yaroslavl and lost the third game, 3-1, on April 19. They came back the next day and beat Loko 4-1, with Trineyev recording an assist, positioning JHC Dynamo Moscow close to a championship.
JHC Dynamo Moscow opened the playoffs by sweeping their opening series against Atlant. After that, they played Krasnaya Armiya in the second round and swept them in three games. In the third round, Moscow Dynamo played Tolpar and swept them as well.
By Diane Doyle
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