Bogdan Trineyev Navigating The Challenges Of Transitioning To North American Hockey

Photo: KHL/Moscow Dynamo

While most of the recent focus on Russian prospects has been centered on the triumphant return of first round draft pick Ivan Miroshnichenko, somewhat lost in the buzz has been the play and progress of fellow countryman and Washington Capitals late-round draft pick Bogdan Trineyev.

Trineyev, a 6’-2”, 190lb winger, was drafted by the Capitals in the 4th round (#117 overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. On May 2 Trineyev signed his first NHL contract with the Capitals and the following day signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Hershey Bears.

Trineyev then made his way from Russia to Hershey in time for a few practices and made his AHL debut in the Bears must-win Game 2 of their first round series with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

“I went there, watched how people live, train, prepare for games, learned something new for myself,” said Trineyev (via Google Translate). “I got acquainted with their lives to understand in the future what to expect if I go there.”

Trineyev, rightfully so, was in full-on absorption mode, which can be fairly difficult when you don’t speak the language.

“I didn’t talk much to people and teammates. In most cases Alexander Alekseyev and Alexei Protas helped me. They translated if the partners wanted to ask something. There are differences in the mentality, some things there are treated in the same way as ours. But nothing global.”

Trineyev, who turned 21 last month, has packed a lot of experience in a short period of time. Much of that experience was unexpected.

“When last year I played in the playoffs against Severstal and CSKA as part of the main team, the series was up to four victories (best-of-seven). It’s not easy to tolerate, but then you get used to it. When the guys in America said that we were playing the playoffs up to two victories (best-of-three), I was very surprised. I’ve never played such series before, it was unexpected.”

Trineyev is working diligently to prepare himself for life in North America, but that too has been a challenge, particularly considering his schedule and his other commitments to the game of hockey.

“Not all tutors agreed to study with me when I told them what my schedule was. They said, “No, we won’t be able to work like that.” I understand that it’s hard to deal with such a schedule, not everyone can adjust. I can’t study on the road, or between matches every other day. And in English you need constant practice, you need to study and talk as much as possible. It’s a little hard in this regard.”

Dynamo’s postseason run ended in the first round, concluding Trineyev’s KHL season in early March. Trineyev played 39 games for KHL Dynamo this season, scoring two goals and recording 11 assists. In the playoffs, he played five games and recorded two assists.

With hockey over in Russia, the Capitals announced on March 18 that Trineyev had been officially re-assigned to the Hershey Bears, although he has yet to be spotted in chocolate town. As noted in an earlier piece, travel from Russia to the United Stated was a challenge for Trineyev last year, taking nearly two weeks and required a week stay in the Country of Georgia.

“With only one change – through Turkey. Pretty convenient these days. As for the visa, I did it in Georgia, spent a week in a hotel,” said Trineyev. “I flew to Washington, and from there immediately to Hershey.

Hopefully we will see Trineyev in Hershey in time for the Bears postseason run.

By Jon Sorensen

Further Reading
Updated Assignments For Washington Capitals Prospects For The 2022-23 Season: Bogdan Trineyev Makes Opening Night Roster For Dynamo
Bogdan Trineyev Heating Up As KHL Preseason Winds Down
Alex Ovechkin Joins Capitals Prospect Bogdan Trineyev In Dynamo Moscow’s Fan Event And Open Training Session
Capitals Bogdan Trineyev Energized For Return To Dynamo And 2022-23 Season
Bogdan Trineyev’s Unplanned Trip To The AHL: “There Was No One To Play! So They Told Me “You’re Playing!”
Capitals Sign Russian Prospect Bogdan Trineyev To Three-Year Entry-Level Deal
Capitals Prospect Bogdan Trineyev: The First Interviews – “He (Ovechkin) Is A Living Legend”
Capitals Prospect Bogdan Trineyev Makes KHL Debut, Scores First Goal In VHL
Climbing the Ladder: Washington Capitals Prospect Bogdan Trineyev Talks About His Road to the Kharlamov Trophy
Capitals’ Prospect Bogdan Trineyev’s MHL Team Wins Kharlamov Cup
Capitals’ Prospect Bogdan Trineyev Missed His Name Being Called In NHL Draft Due To Brief Television Outage
A Closer Look At Capitals Draft Pick Bogdan Trineyev
Capitals Select Bogdan Trineyev With 117th Overall Pick At 2020 NHL Draft
Elite Prospect Profile
Profile of Bogdan Trineyev from Draft Analyst

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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5 Responses to Bogdan Trineyev Navigating The Challenges Of Transitioning To North American Hockey

  1. KimRB says:

    I wonder just how good of a prospect Boggy really is. It’s hard to get a read on him, from his KHL numbers. KHL coaches are all Peter Laviolettes: they don’t play the youngsters much. I guess his play in Hershey will tell us. 13 pts in 39 GMs in the KHL as a 21 year old sounds encouraging.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where in the world is Bogdan Trineyev?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Let’s go Boggy!

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