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|20 Aug 2019 |||Roman Dyukov (D)||Lada Togliatti||Dinamo Minsk|
|20 Aug 2019 |||Andrei Makarov (G)||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg||Buran Voronezh|
|19 Aug 2019 |||Alexander Torchenyuk (F)||Gornyak Uchaly||Sibir Novosibirsk|
|19 Aug 2019 |||Nikita Sirotkin (D)||HC Admiral Vladivostok||HC Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk|
During the regular season, each team plays 56 games: four games against each of the teams in their own division (for a total of 20 games) and two games against each of the other teams (for a total of 36 games).
The eight top-ranked teams in each conference receive playoff berths. Within each conference quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are played before the conference winners play against each other for the Gagarin Cup. The division winners are seeded first and second in their conference, based on their regular season record. All playoff rounds are played as best-of-seven series. In each round, the top seeded remaining team is paired with the lowest seeded team etc. This playoff structure is very similar to the current format of the NHL playoffs. In the playoffs, overtime periods last 20 minutes (or until a goal is scored). The number of overtime periods is not limited.
This playoff format does not allow the strongest teams to take the topmost positions in the KHL final standings when these teams are from the same conference. This is because the format makes the conferences equally represented in top two, four, eight and sixteen spots of the final standings, regardless of the relative strength of the conferences.
No automatic promotion/relegation. New applicants are examined by KHL board
The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is an international professional ice hockey league in Eurasia founded in 2008. As of 2009, it is ranked as the strongest hockey league in Europe
The title of Champion of Russia, regardless of which nation the club represents, and the Gagarin Cup, named after the first man to reach space and orbit the Earth, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, are awarded annually to the league champion, following a 16-team playoff at the end of the regular season. Two teams from the KHL were guaranteed qualification into the Champions Hockey League season.
The league was formed in 2008, from a predecessor organization, the Russian Superleague (RSL). The RSL, in turn, was a successor to the Soviet Championship League, which was founded in 1946 with only five teams. The KHL began its operations with 24 teams. After minor changes in the composition of the Russian teams and even a reduction to 23 teams in the 2010-11 season, the league will be back to 24 teams in the 2011-12 season. Of these teams, 20 are based in the Russian Federation and 4 more are located in Belarus, Latvia, Kazakhstan and Slovakia.
- Pre-season tournaments - Week review (09 Aug 2019)
- The new VHL takes shape (02 Jun 2019)
- Slovan Bratislava officially leaves KHL (29 May 2019)
- Is Slovan Bratislava out of KHL....or not? (17 May 2019)
- SKA St. Petersburg dominated Sochi Open Hockey Tournament (09 Aug 2018)
Omsk will have a new arena in 2022
A new ice palace for Avangard Omsk will be built by 2022, after the current Omsk Arena was declared unfit and set for demolition just 12 years after it opened, due to safety concerns. In September 2018, an evaluation of Omsk Arena's structure determined the building was in emergency condition, with specialists finding structural defects in 90 percent of surveyed areas, including large cracks in its columns.
"The deadline for completion of the build is 2022, the arena will have a capacity of about 12 thousand spectators and five floors" said Vadim Marygin, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities of the Omsk Region.(09 Aug 2019)
Geoff Platt named Player of the Year in Belarus
Forward Geoff Platt, recently signed with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg from Jokerit, was named Player of the Year by Belarusian journalists. The Canadian born Platt, who had Belarusian citizenship since 2013, received 367 votes, finishing ahead of Dinamo Minsk defender Kristian Khenkel (190) and Yunost Minsk forward Mikhail Stefanovich (115)(15 Jul 2019)
Alexander Titov disqualified for 4 years
Russian defender Alexander Titov, 28, was suspended for four years for violating anti-doping rules, as reported by the official website of Russian Anti Doping Agency RUSADA.
Titov lastly played for Dizel Penza in 2017-2018 season.
KHL canceled the status of foreign for the Belarusian players
Belarusian players have officially ceased to be considered imports in the KHL.
KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko said the decision were made last September. But on November 14, Sibir Novosibirsk Belarusian defender Pavel Vorobey was still registered as import in the official gamesheet of the game against Red Star Kunlun
"Belarusian players are not considered imports, but it is necessary to make appropriate changes veru urgently to the regulations to allow them playing without limitations" said earlier this week former KHL President Alexander Medvedev
Yesterday the KHL Board of Directors officially adopted the amend to the regulament(22 Nov 2018)
Dinamo Minsk changes coaching staff
Dinamo Minsk, last in Western Conference, fired Canadian coach Gordie Dwyer and all the staff:
assistants Sergey Stas, Konstantin Koltsov , goalkeeper coach Andrei Kudin and physical training coach Gennady Lyango.
Current Belarus National Team coach Andrei Sidorenko was appointed as new coach, with Andrei Sidorenko , Andrei Kovalev and Dmitry Kravchenko to complete the coaching staff
Ziga Jeglich suspended 8 months
The IIHF issued a verdict on the case of Slovenian national team player Ziga Jeglic. He receives an eight-month suspension, until October 20, 2018.
During the Olympics 2018, a fenoterol drug was found in the hockey player's test. The hockey player recognized the violation of the anti-doping rules, and was suspended from the remaining matches of the Slovenian national team. In Korea Jeglich scored one goal. He accepted a voluntary suspension until the date of the final decision
Jeglic played in the KHL last season for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and Neftekhimik. After reporting a positive doping test, he left the Nizhnekamsk club.
Yevgeny Rymarev is the Kazakhstan Player of the Year
Kazzin Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk captain Yevgeny Rymarev was named Kazakhstan Player of the Year for the 2017-2018 season. Rymarev preceded Avangard Omsk left-winger Semyon Koshelev - who plays with Russian passport - Barys Astana duo Roman Starchenko (winner in 2013 and 2015) and the KHL Top-Scorer Nigel Dawes and the winner of last season, Nomad and Barys forward Nikita Mikhailis(29 Jun 2018)
Sergei Ogorodnikov passed away
Former Russian national team player Sergei Ogorodnikov passed away at 32, as a result of injuries after an accident on a water scooter.
Drafted by New York Islanders in 2004, Ogorodnikov played in US in 2006-07 season for Bridgeport Sound Tigers and defunct Pensacola Ice Pilots (ECHL), appearing in 127 games of KHL for CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Lada Togliatti, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg and Metallurg Novokuznetsk with experiences abroad in Belarus (Gomel and Zhlobin), Kazakhstan (Sary Arka)and Poland (Podhale Nowy Targ) last season.
With Russia national team won the gold medal at WJC 18 in 2004 in Belarus, beating 3-2 USA, playing along with Anton Khudobin, Alexander Radulov and Evgeny Malkin and the silver medal at WJC U20 2006
Kazakhstan named new coach
Belarussian Andrei Skabelka, 47, was appointed as new coach of Kazakhstan national team, following his sign as new coach of Barys Astana. Last season Skabelka coached Avangard Omsk(06 Jun 2018)
Yunost and Shakhtar become farm clubs of Dinamo Minsk
Yunost Minsk and Shakhtar Soligorsk will be both farm-clubs of Dinamo Minsk. The agreement was signed by the General Director of Dinamo Anatoly Kurilets, and the equal role Alexei Torbin (Yunost) and Yuri Budko (Shakhtar).
"Today we have made logical steps that will help further progress of all three teams. We ended the cooperation with Dinamo Maladzyechna that now is becoming an indipendent club.
Now we should give an opportunity to young Belarusian players to prove themselves. Cooperation with the leading clubs of our national championship will allow it to be done with the greatest efficiency" said Kurilets
- Youngest player: Takhir Mingachev (19 years)
- Oldest player: Pavel Datsyuk (42 years)
- Shortest player: Kristaps Zīle (167 cm)
- Tallest player: Viktor Svedberg (204 cm)
- Nationalities: Belarus (34), Canada (29), Czech Republic (5), Finland (17), France (1), Germany (1), Kazakhstan (14), Latvia (7), Russia (138), Switzerland (1), Slovakia (3), Sweden (11), USA (6)