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The ever shining and sharp Mozyakin



There are a lot of fantastic players from the city of Yaroslavl. You can see the whole list for yourself if you click on the link:,%20RUS

A long list of players that could cause envy among the hockey clubs around the world. It’s impressive indeed if you ask me.

Well, as you may understand when you have checked out the whole list of stars, the city of Yaroslavl is known for raising great players to the hockey world and to our joy as hockey fans.

It’s a diamond mine of hockey players if you ask me.

However, despite all current and upcoming star players, there is one that separates from them all and he’ll do so for a long, long time, a player who is at his own level: the ever shining and sharp Sergei Mozyakin.

It feels a bit unbelievable to have seen him passing Boris Michailov’s goal scoring record, a record that was supposed to be impossible, but was obviously not that unmanageable for Mozyakin.

Michailov is a legend of Soviet hockey as his name still awakens admiration among the hockey people, but to be fair to his person and to you my reader, I have never seen him play live, only through clips and photos, and not too many either.

But I can tell my grandchildren one day that I’ve seen Mozyakin play and break the record during a time when records seemed to be hard to reach, but what are they saying about records?

Those are supposed to be broken at some point, sooner or later.

What makes Mozyakin so great?

He has apparently a great nose for the net, and that we have seen more than 428 times. Yet more will come, a lot more!

And yes, he has great skill otherwise with the stick and a tremendous flexibility in his moves, which make it very difficult, if not impossible, to take the puck away from him. Or even knock him down.

But those are all academic things and views. Important enough though when it comes to the skill.

However, for me, what make him one of the greatest in the post-soviet era of players, is that he has a humble personality.

I have always seen him as a quiet and unpretentious person and player and that is a very rare thing among today’s athletes in any sport, especially when you can read on daily basis headline stuff and one-liners that are supposed to shock or be funny.

One thing that is for sure with Mozyakin, he never — or at least very, very seldom — lets his mouth talk instead of his stick and his almost unreal ability to find the net.

Therefore, I was and am so glad that he is the one that reached Michailov’s record; a player of his mind-calibre deserves it if anyone deserves it. Honestly, I wouldn’t have felt the same excitement and joy if someone else had done it, especially a headline machine.

Adding a bit more to his ability to score, let us put it this way, simple as it ever can be said:

It doesn’t matter if there is a goaltender or not between the pipes, he’ll make the puck cross the red line whenever he feels like it. That kind of scorer he obviously is, which we can sign under as testimony.

Most of all, as I have noticed that I am not alone in my view on Mozyakin, it makes me and my hockey heart bounce with happiness to read  some of the quotes from Gennady Velichkin (the vice president of Metallurg Magnitogorsk) and Vyacheslav Bykov through the official KHL site:

Usually prodigiously-talented people, whether they’re musicians, actors, athletes, can be unpredictable, with a difficult attitude. Sergei is the exception to that.”

“On the ice, he’s a natural leader, but in the rest of his life, he’s a model of decency, civility, and good manners. I’ve never heard him be rude to anyone.”

“God gave Sergei a great talent, but also a great capacity for hard work”

“So every year Sergei polished that talent like a jeweller working on a precious gem”

From the diamond mine of hockey players as I mentioned above.

The eminent Russian hockey expert, Patrick Conway, pointed  also out for me  the crucial fact that if he wins the goals title this season, he will become the first player in Soviet/Russian hockey ever to do that five times.

Another unreal record, in other words.

Well, I don’t find any more to say  about Mozyakin at this time as I find also that the dictionary is not enough to describe this man and I’ll let it be that way but another thing is for sure, that it will be a very large gap to fill the day Mozyakin ends his career.

For upcoming hockey players wherever they come from, there is a message left to take in and consider if there is a true desire to be as great as Mozyakin:

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results

-Wade Boggs

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Arto Palovaara, Sunday Chronicler for Sports Rants Europe. Previously, he contributed for the betting company Betsafe, Svenska fans, Get real hockey and Ice nation UK. He is also an educated archaeologist and life coach who loves literature and history. Not to forget: probably he is the only sportswriter that plays the banjo.


25th Annual Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night, A Charity Knockout Event



Photo Credit: Monica Alvarez

The stars came out last night to give, show support, perform, and to continue to raise money and awareness in hopes of one day find a cure to knockout Parkinson’s disease.

Going back to year number 1, The first ever event was held at the Ritz-Carlton operated on a much smaller scale than today, which is now held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

At the very first Celebrity Fight Night With the help of Phoenix Suns Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and the valley of the sun’s very own Louie Espinoza, Tony Baltazar, and boxing champion Michael Carbajal who by the way fought in the ring with over sized boxing gloves.

The ”Puttin on the Fists at The Ritz” first Celebrity Fight Night scored a knockout win and is STILL punching on through today for the Greatest Of All Time, The late great Muhammad Ali.

Last night I was honored to attend and speak to a few of the stars, one was NFL legendary kicker Nick Lowery, Mr. Lowery now spends most of his time at charitable endeavors and advocating for alternative medicine research and is also a spokesman for Kannalife, Inc to raise awareness for CTE and players safety in hopes of one day having intercellular “helmets,” like Kannalife’s CBD and KLS-13019, is so important to potentially treat the brain.

I asked Lowery what is his favorite Ali memory, and Lowery’s response: ” Taking Ali to the NBA All-Star game one year as we sat behind Jay-Z and Beyonce and watching Beyonce wave to Ali, Beyonce spoke to us, she is the sweetest person. Also taking Ali to the locker rooms and watching Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and all the other all stars turn into children at the sight of seeing their hero the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali walk through the doors, what an experience that was.”

In asking the very same question to R&B Singer Brian McKnight, ”I have so many Ali memories but my favorite was watching Ali knockout George Foreman at home with my dad. The odds were against Ali and Ali being the great fighter that he was he beat the odds and stopped a much younger powerful puncher in Foreman. You know, I am still a big boxing fan today, I enjoy watching Tyson Fury out of the current heavyweights.”

And what did legendary former champion boxer, Micheal Carbajal have to say? ”It’s truly an honor to attend this great event, at the very first one proceeds went to my 9th street boxing gym and now 24 years later it’s still going strong, a great charity”. Mr. Carbajal went on to talk some boxing with me,

Carbajal- ” You see Spence/Garcia?”

Me- ” Yes, it was brutal, what did you think?”

Carbajal- ” Not good for Mikey Garcia at all, but he is still my favorite current boxer, and he beats everybody at 135 pounds if he can make the weight there. Mikey would knockout Lomachenko in 4 rounds at 135.”

Me- ”Wow, you really think that? Both are great technical boxers but I can’t see a 4 round fight between them, so you really think it would only take Mikey 4 rounds to stop Lomachenko?”

Carbajal- ” I KNOW so!”

Special honorees for the evening include fabled American music producer and 27-time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones, Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Abraham Lieberman, the medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute and Renee Parsons of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

“For 25 years, we’ve treated Celebrity Fight Night audiences to the world’s greatest entertainers and this year will be no different as we welcome Barry Manilow,” said Jimmy Walker, Founder of Celebrity Fight Night. “With the help of our celebrity friends and incredibly generous donors, we are once again excited to raise millions of dollars and make a difference in the lives of those who need our support.”

Individual tickets for Celebrity Fight Night start at $1,500 – $10,000.  To purchase tickets or to get more information on the event, please visit, or call (602) 956-1121.

About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night has gifted more than $86 million over the past 24 years benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities.

The black-tie event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner, and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items and experiences. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and supports the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information,

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Olympic Cyclist Kelly Catlin Dead at 23



Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who competed in the 2016 Rio Janeiro Games, was found dead in her California home this past Friday due to an apparent suicide, according to an announcement from her father, according to Reuters.

“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” her father, Mark Catlin said, according to VeloNews. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

Catlin, 23, took the silver medal in Rio and was part of the teams who took home the gold in 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Championships.

Catlin had reportedly struggled with mental health in the past and her sister, Christine Catlin, said that Catlin was “a really special person – kind, funny, empathetic, and talented at literally everything she did, per the Washington Post. She just felt like she couldn’t say no to everything that was asked of her and this was her only escape.”

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Tom Brady And Pats Play Record 8th AFC Championship Game, Seek 6th Superbowl



It’s Championship Sunday and one of the NFL staples remain atop the league. The New England Patriots are appearing in their record 8th AFC title game in hopes of competing for a sixth title.

A season that most organizations would be happy with, was one of challenge for the Patriots. Usually a top tier team, they suffered bad losses to the Jaguars, Titans and Dolphins. However, in Patriot fashion along a weak AFC East, the Patriots finished 11-5, won a 10th straight conference title and secured a first round bye.

Kansas City will host New England in the AFC Championship game in what is a rematch from week six. That game featured an offensive clinic ,  As reported by CBS Boston, Brady went 24-35 passing for 340 yards and touchdown in that game; Mahomes went 23-36 passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns. The AFC Championship could very well play out the same way.

The Chiefs will be a tough out, They won their first home playoff game in 25 years last week against the Colts and are riding one of the most prolific offenses in history behind quarterback whisperer Andy Reid and phenome Patrick Mahomes who is arguably the NFLs best young QB.

In what is a David and Goliath matchup, Brady seems to imply they are the underdog. As he told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, “I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, cant win games,”.  Will the dynasty continue? Or will Reid and Mahomes hoist the Lombardi?

I’m leaning towards the game plan of Bill Belichick and veteran experience of Tom Brady in this one. I think a Patriot/Saints matchup is in order. Either way, it will undoubtedly be one for the ages.

Game Time: Sunday January 20th at 6:40ET/5:40CT on CBS.

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