If you listen to The Hockey Show, you know that we have been calling the team from Astana, Kazakhstan "Little Winnipeg" for some time. They have a roster that features Winnipeg-born players and former Winnipeg Jets. Some of the former players who have suited up there included Cam Barker and Nikolai Antropov. It seems this tradition is continuing this season.
The usual suspects are back as Dustin Boyd and Nigel Dawes have returned to the team. They've added former Jet Keaton Ellerby to the mix this season, and appear to be one of the stronger teams in the KHL with the likes of Roman Starchenko, Martin St. Pierre, Mike Lundin, and Brandon Bochenski on the roster. There's a good chance that Barys makes the playoffs again this season, and there is hope that they can make a run to the Gagarin Cup Final.
Because it's a no-labour day for me, here's video of the first hat trick in the KHL this season by Dustin Boyd. His three goals helped Barys down Salavat Yulaev 5-3 for their first win of the season on August 27, 2015.
Nothing better than seeing a good Winnipeg kid lighting up the KHL! Go Barys Astana!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!