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|30 Jun 2017 |||Justin Peters (G)||Texas Stars||Dinamo Riga|
|30 Jun 2017 |||Danny Kristo (F)||Charlotte Checkers||Dinamo Riga|
|28 Jun 2017 |||Evgeny Rybnitsky (D)||Rubin Tyumen||HC Red Star Kunlun|
|28 Jun 2017 |||Ethan Werek (F)||Texas Stars||HC Red Star Kunlun|
|1.||Sergei Mozyakin||F||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||60||48||37||85||4||11|
|2.||Ilya Kovalchuk||LW||SKA St. Petersburg||61||33||46||79||47||29|
|3.||Vadim Shipachyov||C||SKA St. Petersburg||50||26||49||75||22||33|
|4.||Nikita Gusev||F||SKA St. Petersburg||58||25||47||72||10||33|
|5.||Evgeny Dadonov||RW||SKA St. Petersburg||54||30||36||66||39||33|
|6.||Jan Kovář||F||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||59||23||40||63||22||6|
|7.||Nigel Dawes||LW||Barys Astana||59||36||26||62||31||-1|
|8.||Chris Lee||LD||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||60||14||48||62||44||14|
|9.||Linus Omark||F||Salavat Yulayev Ufa||55||14||43||57||38||-5|
|10.||Brandon Kozun||F||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||59||23||32||55||55||15|
GROUP: Western Conference
|1||SKA St. Petersburg||60||39||7||6||8||249:114||137|
|6||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||60||27||8||7||18||145:124||104|
|10||HC Slovan Bratislava||60||22||7||5||26||144:166||85|
|12||KHL Medvescak Zagreb||60||19||4||4||33||138:186||69|
GROUP: Eastern Conference
|3||Ak Bars Kazan||60||29||9||4||18||155:127||109|
|6||Salavat Yulayev Ufa||60||21||6||13||20||169:174||88|
|7||HC Admiral Vladivostok||60||24||3||8||25||147:153||86|
|8||HC Red Star Kunlun||60||24||4||3||29||139:144||83|
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 excludes Lada Togliatti and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk (28 Mar 2018)
- USA Hockey announces roster for 2018 Olympic (01 Jan 2018)
- Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang (05 Dec 2017)
- Slovan and Lokomotiv change coach (06 Oct 2017)
- KHL suspends three players for doping violations (31 Jul 2017)
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)
New hockey season started today
Almost three months after the KHL finals, the hockey season in Russia re-started today with the first friendly game of the summer: in Astana, Kazakhstan, local KHL team Barys lost 2-6 against Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk.
As every silly season, follow all the preparation games and tournaments on pre-season games page on Eurohockey
Also in KHL overtime will now be decided 3-on-3
From Thursday, December 15, KHL regular season games which are tied at the end of regulation will progress to a 3-on-3 overtime.(14 Dec 2016)
Poprad changes coach
Due to unsatisfactory results in Extraliga, Poprad decided to change coaching staff, firing headcoach Petr Jonak and assistant Ludovit Jurinyi. New coach is Marcel Ozimák, recently fired as assistant coach at Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. His assistant will be Frantisek Štolc(07 Nov 2016)
Two KHL clubs replaced coach
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg and Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk fired coaches due to poor results and annouced new coaching staff.
Avtomobilist - 12th in East Conference - fired coach Andrei Razin and assistants Oleg Leontiev, Alexei Mitroshin and Alexander Urakov, after 12 defeats in last 16 matches. Former Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Vladimir Krikunov was named new head coach, with Ivan Krivonosov and Oleg Mikulchik as assistants.
Neftekhimik accepted the resignation of Nikolai Solovyov on Octber 28 and announced former Barys Astana and Kazakhstan coach Andrei Nazarov as new coach. Andrei Potaichuk and Igor Petrov will serve as assistants(01 Nov 2016)
Defeat in first ever game for Kunlun
New KHL team, Red Star Kunlun from Beijing, played its first ever game today in Vierumäki, Finland against Traktor Chelyabinsk. The Chinese team lost 0:2, postponing the scoring of first historic goal. Maxim Yakutsenya and Aleksandr Sharov scored for Trakto. Next Red Star Kunlun game will be on July 28 against Spartak Moscow. Follow all the pre-season games on eurohockey(24 Jul 2016)
Odins wins the Golden Whistle
Latvian Eduards Odins, 40, wins the Zolotoy svistok (Golden Whistle) award as the best referee of the KHL. It's the fourth trophy for Odins(24 Jul 2016)
Barys confirmed camp in Switzerland
After a first statement announcing the cancellation of training camp in Switzerland due the delay in the journey bacause of political situation in Turkey, Barys Astana confirmed today the team arrived in Davos. During the camp team will play three pre-season games, 2 against HC Davbos and one versus Vityaz.(20 Jul 2016)
|16 Apr 2017||Metallurg Magnitogorsk - SKA St. Petersburg||3-5|
- Youngest player: Vitaly Kravtsov (17 years)
- Oldest player: Sergei Gusev (41 years)
- Shortest player: Kristaps Zīle (167 cm)
- Tallest player: Marko Anttila (203 cm)
- Nationalities: Belgium (1), Belarus (37), Canada (52), China (2), Croatia (7), Czech Republic (35), Denmark (3), Finland (51), France (2), Italy (2), Kazakhstan (39), Latvia (34), Russia (683), Slovenia (4), Switzerland (1), Slovakia (28), Sweden (24), Ukraine (5), USA (24)
- Highest win: SKA St. Petersburg - Barys Astana
- Season average attendance: 6123