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|05 Jul 2015 |||Kari Heikkilä (C)||Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk||Dinamo Riga|
|04 Jul 2015 |||Gleb Klimenko (F)||SKA St. Petersburg||Spartak Moskva|
|04 Jul 2015 |||Roman Tatalin (D)||THK Tver||Spartak Moskva|
|04 Jul 2015 |||Dmitry Korobov (D)||SKA St. Petersburg||Spartak Moskva|
GROUP: Conference WEST
|1||SKA St. Petersburg||0||0||0||0:0||0|
|5||KHL Medvescak Zagreb||0||0||0||0:0||0|
|7||HC Slovan Bratislava||0||0||0||0:0||0|
|11||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||0||0||0||0:0||0|
GROUP: Conference EAST
|2||Ak Bars Kazan||0||0||0||0:0||0|
|3||Salavat Yulayev Ufa||0||0||0||0:0||0|
|14||HC Admiral Vladivostok||0||0||0||0:0||0|
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.
KHL schedule announced
The KHL schedule for 2015-16 can now be found in our games database.(30 Jun 2015)
Dmitry Kurbatov appointed Executive Director of Russian Federation
As part of restructuring and improving the efficiency, Russian Hockey Federation appointed former vice-president of the KHL Dmitry Kurbatov as new Executive Director, with the task to oversee the main issues of the organization, the development of new strategies and the interaction with players, regional policy, as well as the questions of funding and administrative management. Kurbatov replaces Valery Fesyuk, who served since 2008, who asked to be relieved from his post due to the commitments in the preparation of home World Championship, which will be held from 6 to 22 May 2016 in Moscow and St. Petersburg.(09 Jun 2015)
Jokerit back at Spengler Cup
Jokerit Helsinki will be the sixth partecipant in next Spengler Cup, from 26 to 31 December in Davos. Finnish team played also last season, when finished without victories.(09 Jun 2015)
Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg at Spengler Cup
KHL team Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg will make its debut to next Spengler Cup as fifth team invited besides HC Davos, HC Lugano, Team Canada and Adler Mannheim(03 Jun 2015)
Tretiak: KHL clubs are not interested in Champions League
Vladislav Tretiak, head of Hockey Russia, told that Russian clubs are not interested in playing in the Champions League.
"KHL clubs are not very interested in this competition. They have five Austrian teams there, three Finnish teams... Logically, our clubs are not eager to play them. They were ready to play in final stages, but CL's officials were against it.
This tournament is not very popular. Of course, participation of KHL club would help with it. But if we do participate, we won't have time for national team." - Tretiak said in his interview to Soviet Sport newspaper.(29 May 2015)
Atlant Moscow Oblast won’t play in next KHL season
As reported by website Chempionat.ru KHL President Dmitri Chernyshenko has officially confirmed that Atlant Moscow Oblast will not participate in the next season of KHL due to financial problems. "Because of the financial problems Atlant won't be on ice next season. We' ll see what will happen next"- said mr. Chernyshenko. Junior teams, including Mytischi Atlantes of the MHL, continue to operate regularly(22 May 2015)
KHL All-Star Team
The KHL All-Star Team was announced today:
Goalie: Anders Nilsson, Ak Bars Kazan
Defensemen: Maxim Chudinov, SKA St. Petersburg, Nikita Zaitsev, CSKA Moskva
Forwards: Artemy Panarin, SKA St. Petersburg, Alexander Radulov, CSKA Moskva, Steve Moses, Jokerit
Medvedev goes to Philadelphia
Ak Bars Kazan d-man Evgeny Medvedev terminated his contract with KHL side in order to sign with Philadelphia Flyers. Medvedev, 32 years old, won two Gagarin Cups in the KHL. He was a UFA in the NHL.(20 May 2015)
KHL trade union against Barys Astana
The head of KHL players' trade union, Andrey Kovalenko, said that union will insist on excluding Barys Astana from next KHL season. Players and staff of Kazakh received their last salaries in January, and only 80% of it. If debt is not closed until May 30, trade union will be insisting on stopping Astana participation in the tournament.(19 May 2015)
Medveščak confirms to continue with KHL for 2015-16
Ranko Vucinic, Communication Director of Medveščak Zagreb, confirms the organization will play KHL also in the 2015-16 season. "We never had any doubts about Medveščak`s participation in the KHL," Vucinic says.(12 May 2015)
- Youngest player: Semen Bogachonok (20 years)
- Oldest player: Andrei Mikhalyov (38 years)
- Shortest player: Maxim Khudyakov (170 cm)
- Tallest player: Kristian Kudroc (201 cm)
- Nationalities: Belarus (16), Canada (9), Czech Republic (16), Denmark (2), Finland (19), Kazakhstan (12), Latvia (1), Norway (1), Poland (1), Russia (213), Slovakia (4), Sweden (15), Ukraine (1), USA (5)
Today the 60 franchises of the Canadian Hockey League had the opportunity to draft their next international stars. Whereas the majority of players selected in the Import Draft were Russians, including first overall pick Vladimir Kuznetsov, also some prospects from more ... Read more»