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Mariia Maksimova

Mariia Maksimova, Staff Journalist

World Table Hockey Association


Samara, Russia




Mariia Maksimova is a creative writer and an active member of the World Table Hockey Association. We look forward to providing you with Mariia’s interviews, reports, research and opinions involving Russian table hockey events, players, and more.

Previously, Mariia has spent more than 10 years playing tennis, which is now done on a professional level. She also enjoys trying new sports and takes up different hobbies in her spare time.

In fact, Mariia was born in Samara — the sixth largest city in Russia, where she lives now.

Anyway, sport runs in Maria’s blood: she has excellent sportsmen in her family. Her father was a professional ice and grass hockey player, he attained several hockey teams at different times: “Trud” “Podshipnik”, and “CSKA VVS”. However, he participated in national tournaments and had earned a title of a “Candidate Master of Sports” in grass hockey.

He had also competed among some famous players.

To read all of the WTHA news articles authored by Mariaa Maksimova, click here.



About Samara, Russia

Modern Samara is a developed industrial, cultural and political centre of the country and perhaps a very beautiful city.

Map – Samara, Russia

Fourteen hours drive east of Moscow, Samara is situated in a picturesque place at the foot of Zhiguli Mountains and along the Volga river.


Samara attracts many tourists for its delightful nature and the city itself has numerous places of interest: Kuibyshev Square, Iversky Monastery, and Fon Vakano brewery.

Fon Vakano Brewery


Also,  The Opera and Ballet House old city centre, The Square of Glory, red brick Drama Theatre and many others.

Opera House, Samara, Russia


But the most peaceful place here is the Volga promenade – the longest in Europe, which stretches for nearly 3 km and consists of 3 parts. The Volga promenade offers picturesque views of the Volga River and the Zhiguli Mountains and the spectacular scenery of it inspires many artists, poets, and writers.

Volga Promenade, Samara, Russia


By all means, it’s not just a beautiful city but also a sportive one. Moreover, FIFA World Cup 2018 was held here in Samara.




NHL Players Born in or Played for CSK VVS Samara


Dmitri Bykov

Vyacheslav Bykov Team CCCP Russia Autographed Puck – $54.99


Autographed Dmitri Bykov Photo – 8×10 – $21.99


Dmitri Bykov Autographed Puck – w COA – $34.99


Semyon Varlamov

Semyon Varlamov Colorado Avalanche Framed 15″ x 17″ Player Collage with a Piece of Game-Used Puck – $55.99

Retail Price: $69.99
You Save: $14.00
from: NHL Shop

Men’s Fanatics Branded Semyon Varlamov Burgundy Colorado Avalanche Authentic Stack Logo Name & Number T-Shirt – $25.59

Retail Price: $31.99
You Save: $6.40
from: NHL Shop

Autographed Semyon Varlamov Photo – 8X10 COA – $67.99


Semyon Varlamov Signed Jersey – 2016 Team Russia World Cup Of Coa – JSA Certified – $435.99


Sergei Varlamov Autographed Puck – Official COA Avalanche Avs a – PSA/DNA Certified – $247.99



Alexei Emeline

Alexei Emelin Nashville Predators Framed 15″ x 17″ Player Collage with a Piece of Game-Used Puck – $55.99

from: NHL Shop
Each collectible comes designed with a photo of the player and home arena”,” a team logo”,” and an actual piece of game-used puck from a Nashville Predators game (not from any specific game). It is officially licensed by the National Hockey League and comes with a statement of authenticity from Fanatics Authentic. It is framed in black wood and measures 15″” x 17″” x 1″”.

Alexei Emelin Nashville Predators Fanatics Authentic 10.5″ x 13″ Sublimated Player Plaque – $22.49

from: Fanatics

Autographed Alexei Emelin Puck – Team Russia Go b – $49.99


Autographed Alexei Emelin Hockey Puck – Team Russia 2016 World Cup of a – $73.99


Alexei Emelin Signed Photograph – 8X10 RARE COA – $43.99


Alexei Emelin Autographed Photograph – 8X10 COA B – $43.99


Men’s Nashville Predators Alexei Emelin Fanatics Branded Gold Breakaway – Player Jersey – $151.99
Introducing the Breakaway by Fanatics – the official jersey made just for the fans. From the world’s largest collection of officially licensed gear comes the first jersey inspired and built by fans for fans. We asked NHL devotees what they wanted in a new jersey. We listened and we delivered”,” creating a jersey with an exclusive set of features designed for the fan.



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