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|01 Feb 2019 |||Sergei Stas (C)||Dinamo Minsk||HK Gomel|
|19 Jan 2019 |||Kevin Clark (F)||Dinamo Riga||SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers|
|19 Jan 2019 |||Sergei Magarilov (G)||Severstal Cherepovets||Lada Togliatti|
|16 Jan 2019 |||Sergei Lapin (F)||Severstal Cherepovets||Lada Togliatti|
|1.||Nikita Gusev||F||SKA St. Petersburg||62||17||64||81||10||39|
|2.||Nigel Dawes||LW||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg||60||28||41||69||12||20|
|3.||Vadim Shipachyov||C||Dynamo Moskva||61||20||48||68||30||22|
|4.||Dmitry Kagarlitsky||F||Dynamo Moskva||61||24||37||61||40||22|
|6.||Sergei Mozyakin||F||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||61||23||32||55||10||14|
|7.||Matt Ellison||C||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||62||20||35||55||34||12|
|8.||Dan Sexton||F||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg||61||25||28||53||6||22|
|9.||Darren Dietz||D||Barys Astana||62||15||38||53||59||30|
|10.||Mikhail Grigorenko||F||CSKA Moskva||55||17||35||52||10||33|
|2||SKA St. Petersburg||62||45||4||5||8||209:80||103|
|8||Ak Bars Kazan||62||34||4||6||18||165:139||82|
|10||Salavat Yulayev Ufa||62||24||7||10||21||158:140||72|
|14||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||62||20||7||10||25||176:193||64|
|20||HC Admiral Vladivostok||62||18||5||5||34||139:176||51|
|21||HC Red Star Kunlun||62||19||1||11||31||142:190||51|
|25||HC Slovan Bratislava||62||10||5||3||44||101:213||33|
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.
- SKA St. Petersburg dominated Sochi Open Hockey Tournament (09 Aug 2018)
- Russia rewards the best (28 May 2018)
- Ben O’Connor to play in the KHL. (23 May 2018)
- KHL excludes Lada Togliatti and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk (28 Mar 2018)
- USA Hockey announces roster for 2018 Olympic (01 Jan 2018)
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
Longest KHL game ever(22 Mar 2018)
Barys Astana fired coach(01 Jan 2018)
Damir Ryspaev can go back in KHL
According to portal shaiba.kz, the KHL terminated the suspension of Damir Ryspaev imposed after player started a brawl on 08 August 2016 during the a game between his club Barys Astana and the Red Star Kunlun for the Cup of the President of Kazakhstan in Astana. A week later Ryspaev received a lifetime ban from the league. He started the season playing for Nomad Astana, the Barys' satellite club playing in Kazakh League, before to receive the permission to play in VHL, moving to Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk where played 7 games(25 Dec 2017)
|18 Mar 2019||Avangard Omsk - Barys Astana||5-0|
|18 Mar 2019||Salavat Yulayev Ufa - Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg||2-1 OT|
- Youngest player: Vsevolod Skotnikov (17 years)
- Oldest player: Pavel Datsyuk (40 years)
- Shortest player: Alexander Romanov (18 cm)
- Tallest player: Viktor Svedberg (204 cm)
- Nationalities: Belarus (32), Canada (61), China (2), Croatia (1), Czech Republic (28), Denmark (6), Estonia (1), Finland (44), France (3), Kazakhstan (33), Latvia (29), Lithuania (1), Russia (597), Slovenia (3), Slovakia (24), Sweden (25), Ukraine (1), USA (20)
- Highest win: HC Slovan Bratislava - CSKA Moskva