It's the Spengler Cup. This year's entrants are Team Canada, HC Davos, HC Genève-Servette, HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa, Jokerit Helsinki and Medveščak Zagreb.
Salavat, Jokerit and Medveščak, though from three different countries, are all members of the KHL. But will they be next year? International sanctions, coupled with the collapse of the price of oil, have given the KHL a double whammy. Many of the clubs have been backed by oil money, but now some clubs aren't meeting the payroll.
Team Canada. Largely made up of Canadians playing in Switzerland, plus a few from some of the other European leagues and the AHL. They have won the tournament 12 times. Colours: red, white and black. Roster.
Davos. The host. Currently top of the Swiss league. They have won 15 times. Blue and yellow.
Genève-Servette. Last year's winner. Sixth in the Swiss league. Maroon and gold. Canadians: Daniel Vukovic, Paul Ranger, Tom Pyatt, Matthew Lombardi, Taylor Pyatt, Jeremy Wick, Tim Traber, Matt D'Agostini, Alexandre Picard, Cody Almond. Coach Chris McSorley.
Salavat. In fifth place in the KHL East. This is their third Spengler Cup tournament. They have yet to win the trophy. Green and white. Canadian: Leland Irving.
Jokerit. In second place in the West in this their first KHL season. This is their seventh Spengler Cup. They have never won it. Blue, red and yellow. Jokerit have the best logo, apart from the Quebec Citadelles.
Medveščak. In last place in the KHL West. This is their first time here. Blue and white. Canadians: Eric Beaudoin, Carle Mathieu, Mark Flood, Geoffrey Kinrade, Krystofer Kolanos, Kurtis McLean, Shaone Morrisonn, Pascal Pelletier, Brandon Segal, Martin St. Pierre, James Wright.
The Japanese women's hockey team remember to bow to each other after scoring. They have beaten out the Czechs to earn the eighth spot in the coming women's world championship, which will be held in Malmö at the end of March. Photo by Toshinobu Himori, via IIHF Twitter feed.
Kontinental Hockey League: The KHL has three new teams for 2014-15: Lada Togliatti, who were expelled several years ago for not having a KHL-worthy rink and have been playing in the second flight VHL since; Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Liiga; and a new franchise, Delfin Sochi, created to take advantage of the facilities built for the 2014 Winter Olympics. On the other side of the ledger HC Donbass has suspended operations after its rink was looted and burned by annexationists; Spartak Moscow has dropped down to the VHL for financial reasons; and Praha Lev has folded. Atlant shift from the Tarasov to the Bobrov to even up the divisions.
Sweden: AIK are relegated from the SHL; Djurgården promoted. In the Kval till HockeyAllsvenskan Troja/Ljungby went down to Division 1 and HC Vita Hästen came up, a horse trade. (Troja/Ljungby's emblem is a red horse; Vita Hästen's is a white horse, and their name means white horse.)
Finland: Jokerit have left the Liiga for the KHL, and are replaced by Vaasan Sport, who played in the top league once before, in 1975-76.
This weekend the city of Amiens hosts a preseason hockey tournament called the Napoleon Cup. The four participating teams are: Les Gothiques d'Amiens, Les Dragons de Rouen, Nottingham Panthers, and Les Patriotes de l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. The two French clubs play in Ligue Magnus, the Panthers in Britain's EIHL, and UQTR in the CIS, Canada's varsity league. It's an opportunity to see how those three leagues stack up. Results:
Rouen 3 - 2 UQTR
Nottingham 4 - 3 Amiens
Nottingham 3 - 1 Rouen
UQTR 4 - 3 Amiens
UQTR 6 - 5 Nottingham (shootout)
Amiens 0 - 6 Rouen
Nottingham take the Cup, but Rouen and UQTR were close.
The Canadian Space Agency provides this graphic of the International Space Station as it might appear if it were the broadcast gondola overhanging five newly-Zambonied hockey rinks. Canada currently employs two astronauts, neither of whom is scheduled to be on board the ISS before 2020, and we have no rockets or capsules of our own to get them there. But, look, hockey.