2010–11 KHL season

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2010–11 KHL season
League Kontinental Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 8 September 2010 – 16 April 2011
Number of teams 23
Regular season
Continental Cup winner Russia Avangard Omsk
Season MVP Russia Alexander Radulov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Top scorer Russia Alexander Radulov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Playoffs
Western champions Russia Atlant Moscow Oblast
  Western runners-up Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Eastern champions Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  Eastern runners-up Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Gagarin Cup
Champions Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  Runners-up Russia Atlant Moscow Oblast
Gagarin Cup MVP Russia Konstantin Barulin
Atlant Moscow Oblast
KHL seasons

The 2010–11 KHL season was the third season of the Kontinental Hockey League. It was held from 8 September 2010 and ended on 16 April 2011.

The season started with the Opening Cup game between the last season's finalists, Ak Bars Kazan and UHC Dynamo, the new team that was created by merging last season's Western conference winner HC MVD with Dynamo Moscow.

Salavat Yulaev Ufa won the Gagarin Cup and the Russian Championship after beating Atlant Moscow Oblast 4–1 in the play-off final series.

League changes[edit]

Team changes[edit]

Folding of Lada Togliatti

Lada Togliatti dropped out of the league and joined the Russian Major League instead, after failing to meet the league's financial requirements.

Merger of HC MVD and Dynamo Moscow

On 30 April 2010, it was announced that HC MVD would merge with Dynamo Moscow to form UHC Dynamo, which for the time being will play the majority of their games at Megasport Arena in Moscow, while also attempting to play some games in Balashikha. The current plan is to have a new, large and modernized arena constructed in Balashikha by 2012.[1]

Expansion teams

By the deadline of 1 April 2010, six new teams from four different countries applied for KHL membership for this season: HC Yugra, Krylya Sovetov Moscow and Gazovik Tyumen from Russia; HC Budivelnyk from Kiev, Ukraine; HC Lev from Hradec Králové, Czech Republic; and Vėtra Vilnius from Lithuania.[2] Of these teams, Budivelnyk and Yugra were initially accepted into the KHL,[3] but on 24 June 2010 Budivelnyk announced it is unable to participate in the KHL in the 2010–11 season because their stadium is not ready.[4] On 16 July 2010, HC Lev, which in the meantime has been moved to Poprad in Slovakia, was accepted into the KHL,[5] but after the Slovak Hockey Federation's delay to give permit to the team, the KHL excluded Lev from the 2010–11 season.[6]

Other changes[edit]

Play-off format

Unlike in the previous seasons, all play-off series were played in a best-of-seven format.[7]

Vuvuzelas ban

The KHL administration has explicitly banned the sale and use of vuvuzelas, infamous since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in ice hockey arenas.[8]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season started on 8 September 2010 with the Opening Cup and ended on 20 February 2011. There were short breaks in November, December and February for international matches and for the all-star game.[7] Each team played 54 games during the regular season.

Notable events[edit]

Opening Cup

The first game of the season is traditionally the "Opening Cup" and is played between the two Gagarin Cup finalists from the previous season. Because previous season's runner-up HC MVD merged with Dynamo Moscow, the Opening Cup was played between defending champion Ak Bars Kazan and the newly formed UHC Dynamo. The game took place on 8 September 2010 at the TatNeft Arena in Kazan where UHC Dynamo beat Ak Bars Kazan 3-1.

KHL versus NHL exhibition games

The Carolina Hurricanes played SKA Saint Petersburg at the Ice Palace Saint Petersburg in Saint Petersburg, Russia on October 4 (SKA won 5–3), and the Phoenix Coyotes played Dinamo Riga at Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia on October 6 (Riga lost 1–3).[9]

Game in Switzerland

On 23 December 2010, before the Spengler Cup started, the two participants from the KHL, SKA Saint Petersburg and Spartak Moscow, played an official regular-season game in the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland. It was the first KHL game played in central Europe.

All-Star Game

The All-Star weekend took place on 5 and 6 February 2011 in Saint Petersburg.[7]

League standings[edit]

Source: KHL.ru[10]

Points were awarded as follows:

  • 3 Points for a win in regulation ("W")
  • 2 Points for a win in overtime ("OTW") or penalty shootout ("SOW")
  • 1 Point for a loss in a penalty shootout ("SOL") or overtime ("OTL")
  • 0 Points for a loss in regulation ("L")
     Division winner
     Qualified for playoffs

Conference standings[edit]

The conference standings determined the seedings for the play-offs. The first two places in each conference were reserved for the division winners.

Western Conference GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 54 33 1 1 4 1 14 203 143 108
Russia UHC Dynamo 54 28 1 1 4 4 16 149 131 96
Russia SKA Saint Petersburg 54 23 3 6 5 4 13 171 144 96
Russia Atlant Moscow Oblast 54 21 4 7 4 2 16 138 115 91
Russia Severstal Cherepovets 54 25 2 3 0 4 20 145 142 89
Russia Spartak Moscow 54 24 1 1 3 3 22 129 142 82
Latvia Dinamo Riga 54 20 2 5 5 2 20 160 149 81
Belarus Dinamo Minsk 54 17 3 5 5 2 22 150 155 74
Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 54 18 5 3 1 2 25 144 151 73
Russia CSKA Moscow 54 13 0 7 4 2 28 136 169 59
Russia Vityaz Chekhov 54 13 1 3 3 2 32 119 178 52

Source: khl.ru[11]

Eastern Conference GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
Russia Avangard Omsk 54 31 9 2 2 1 9 176 120 118
Russia Ak Bars Kazan 54 29 2 3 5 3 12 181 133 105
Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 29 5 4 4 0 12 210 144 109
Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk 54 27 1 5 3 4 14 167 141 100
Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 54 22 0 6 6 3 17 145 151 87
Russia HC Sibir Novosibirsk 54 22 2 4 1 4 21 133 131 83
Kazakhstan Barys Astana 54 20 2 2 6 3 21 155 152 77
Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 54 22 1 2 1 2 26 159 162 75
Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk 54 14 6 2 5 1 26 142 166 64
Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 54 10 6 4 2 1 31 134 184 53
Russia Amur Khabarovsk 54 13 1 1 3 4 32 112 173 50
Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk 54 8 1 3 4 5 33 105 186 41

Source: khl.ru[12]

Divisional standings[edit]

Western Conference

Bobrov Division GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
Russia UHC Dynamo 54 28 1 1 4 4 16 149 131 96
Russia SKA Saint Petersburg 54 23 3 6 5 4 13 171 144 96
Russia Spartak Moscow 54 24 1 1 3 3 22 129 142 82
Latvia Dinamo Riga 54 20 2 5 5 2 20 160 149 81
Russia CSKA Moscow 54 13 0 7 4 2 28 136 169 59
Tarasov Division GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 54 33 1 1 4 1 14 203 143 108
Russia Atlant Moscow Oblast 54 21 4 7 4 2 16 138 115 91
Russia Severstal Cherepovets 54 25 2 3 0 4 20 145 142 89
Belarus Dinamo Minsk 54 17 3 5 5 2 22 150 155 74
Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 54 18 5 3 1 2 25 144 151 73
Russia Vityaz Chekhov 54 13 1 3 3 2 32 119 178 52

Eastern Conference

Kharlamov Division GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
Russia Ak Bars Kazan 54 29 2 3 5 3 12 181 133 105
Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk 54 27 1 5 3 4 14 167 141 100
Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 54 22 0 6 6 3 17 145 151 87
Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 54 22 1 2 1 2 26 159 162 75
Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk 54 14 6 2 5 1 26 142 166 64
Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 54 10 6 4 2 1 31 134 184 53
Chernyshev Division GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
Russia Avangard Omsk 54 31 9 2 2 1 9 176 120 118
Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 29 5 4 4 0 12 210 144 109
Russia Sibir Novosibirsk 54 22 2 4 1 4 21 133 131 83
Kazakhstan Barys Astana 54 20 2 2 6 3 21 155 152 77
Russia Amur Khabarovsk 54 13 1 1 3 4 32 112 173 50
Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk 54 8 1 3 4 5 33 105 186 41

League leaders[edit]

Source: khl.ru[13][14]

Goals Czech Republic Roman Červenka (Omsk) 31
Assists Russia Alexander Radulov (Ufa)
60
Points Russia Alexander Radulov (Ufa)
80
Shots Canada Kevin Dallman (Astana) 225
Plus/minus Russia Alexei Morozov (Kazan)
+27
Penalty minutes Canada Darcy Verot (Chekhov) 182
Wins (Goaltenders) Finland Karri Rämö (Omsk) 33
Goals against average Russia Konstantin Barulin (Mytischi) 1.91
Save percentage Kazakhstan Vitali Yeremeyev (Astana) 92.7
Shutouts Czech Republic Dominik Hašek (Moscow) 7

Goaltenders: minimum 15 games played

Scoring leaders[edit]

Source: khl.ru[15]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Russia Alexander Radulov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 20 60 80 +27 83
Norway Patrick Thoresen Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 29 36 65 +21 30
Czech Republic Roman Červenka Avangard Omsk 51 31 30 61 +15 56
Russia Sergei Mozyakin Atlant Moscow Oblast 54 27 34 61 +10 12
Slovakia Pavol Demitra Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 54 18 43 61 +12 29
Russia Aleksey Morozov Ak Bars Kazan 53 21 35 56 +27 24
Czech Republic Josef Vašíček Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 54 24 31 55 +16 34
Czech Republic Jaromír Jágr Avangard Omsk 49 19 32 51 +6 48
Canada Matt Ellison Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 53 21 29 50 –6 28
Sweden Mattias Weinhandl SKA Saint Petersburg 54 21 28 49 +14 42

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Source: khl.ru[16]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SOL = Shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L SOL GA SO SV% GAA
Russia Konstantin Barulin Atlant Moscow Oblast 28 1504:47 13 9 4 48 6 .925 1.91
Finland Karri Rämö Avangard Omsk 44 2592:49 33 6 4 85 5 .925 1.97
Czech Republic Jakub Štěpánek SKA Saint Petersburg 32 1844:06 16 8 5 63 3 .923 2.05
Belarus Vitali Koval Atlant Moscow Oblast 34 1766:55 12 10 9 61 2 .921 2.07
Finland Petri Vehanen Ak Bars Kazan 43 2538:01 25 12 6 89 2 .926 2.10

Playoffs[edit]

The playoffs started on 23 February 2011. The fifth and final game of the final series for the Gagarin Cup was played on 16 April 2011.[7]

  Conference Quarter-Finals
Conference Semi-Finals
Conference Finals
Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1  Avangard 4     2  Ak Bars 1  
8  Neftekhimik 3     3  Salavat Yulaev 4  


2  Ak Bars 4 Eastern Conference
7  Barys 0  
    3  Salavat Yulaev 4  
  4  Metallurg Mg 3  
3  Salavat Yulaev 4  
6  Sibir 0  
4  Metallurg Mg 4   1  Avangard 3
5  Yugra 2     4  Metallurg Mg 4  


  3  Salavat Yulaev 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  4  Atlant 1
1  Lokomotiv 4     1  Lokomotiv 4
8  Dinamo Minsk 3     7  Dinamo Riga 1  
2  UHC Dynamo 2
7  Dinamo Riga 4  
  1  Lokomotiv 2
  4  Atlant 4  
3  SKA 4  
6  Spartak 0   Western Conference
4  Atlant 4   3  SKA 3
5  Severstal 2     4  Atlant 4  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Playoff leaders[edit]

Source: khl.ru[17][18]

Goals Russia Gleb Klimenko (Magnitogorsk)
10
Assists Czech Republic Josef Vašíček (Yaroslavl)
Slovakia Pavol Demitra (Yaroslavl)
Norway Patrick Thoresen (Ufa)
Russia Alexander Radulov (Ufa)
15
Points Czech Republic Josef Vašíček (Yaroslavl) 22
Shots Russia Sergey Mozyakin (Mytishchi) 77
Plus/minus Norway Patrick Thoresen (Ufa)
Russia Ilya Gorokhov (Mytishchi)
+11
Penalty minutes Russia Fedor Fedorov (Mytishchi) 65
Wins (Goaltenders) Sweden Erik Ersberg (Ufa)
15
Goals against average Finland Petri Vehanen (Kazan) 1.32
Save percentage Finland Petri Vehanen (Kazan) 95.7
Shutouts Finland Petri Vehanen (Kazan)
Sweden Erik Ersberg (Ufa)
3

Goaltenders: minimum 5 games played

Scoring leaders[edit]

Source: khl.ru[19]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Czech Republic Josef Vašíček Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 18 7 15 22 +6 16
Russia Sergei Mozyakin Atlant Moscow Oblast 23 8 13 21 –2 2
Slovakia Pavol Demitra Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 18 6 15 21 +10 4
Norway Patrick Thoresen Salavat Yulaev Ufa 21 3 15 18 +11 16
Russia Alexander Radulov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 21 3 15 18 +10 42

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Source: khl.ru[20]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SOL = Shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
Finland Petri Vehanen Ak Bars Kazan 9 543:49 5 4 12 3 .957 1.32
Sweden Erik Ersberg Salavat Yulaev Ufa 20 1118:23 15 3 36 3 .933 1.93
United States Robert Esche Dinamo Minsk 4 215:38 2 2 7 0 .942 1.95
Russia Konstantin Barulin Atlant Moscow Oblast 22 1286:09 11 10 44 2 .928 2.05
Czech Republic Jakub Štěpánek SKA Saint Petersburg 11 698:22 7 4 25 1 .920 2.15

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team
1 Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
2 Russia Atlant Moscow Oblast
3 Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
4 Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
5 Russia Avangard Omsk
6 Russia Ak Bars Kazan
7 Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
8 Latvia Dinamo Riga
9 Russia Dynamo Moscow
10 Russia Severstal Cherepovets
11 Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
12 Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
13 Russia Spartak Moscow
14 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
15 Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
16 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
17 Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
18 Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
19 Russia HC CSKA Moscow
20 Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
21 Russia Vityaz Chekhov
22 Russia Amur Khabarovsk
23 Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk

Awards[edit]

Players of the Month[edit]

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defense Forward Rookie
September[21] Austria Bernd Brückler (Torpedo) Latvia Sandis Ozoliņš (Riga) Russia Denis Platonov (Magnitogorsk) Russia Yaroslav Khabarov (Magnitogorsk)
October[22] Russia Mikhail Biryukov (Khanty-Mansiysk) Russia Maxim Soloviev (Dynamo M) Czech Republic Roman Červenka (Omsk) Russia Alexander Osipov (Khabarovsk)
November[23] Finland Karri Rämö (Omsk) Sweden Johan Fransson (St. Petersburg) Russia Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant) Russia Dinar Khafizullin (Chekhov)
December[24] Finland Petri Vehanen (Kazan) Russia Alexander Guskov (Yaroslavl) Russia Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant) Russia Alexander Pankov (Ufa)
January[25] Czech Republic Dominik Hašek (Spartak) Canada Kevin Dallman (Astana) Slovakia Pavol Demitra (Yaroslavl) Russia Grigory Zheldakov (Spartak)
February[26] Finland Petri Vehanen (Kazan) Czech Republic Karel Rachůnek (Yaroslavl) Russia Alexander Radulov (Ufa) Belarus Mikhail Stefanovich (Minsk)
March[27] Sweden Erik Ersberg (Ufa) Russia Marat Kalimulin (Yaroslavl) Russia Gleb Klimenko (Magnitogorsk) Russia Pavel Zdunov (Magnitogorsk)

KHL Awards[edit]

On 20 May 2011, the KHL held their annual award ceremony. A total of 20 different awards were handed out to teams, players, officials and media.[28] The most important trophies are listed in the table below.

Golden Stick Award (regular season MVP) Russia Alexander Radulov (Ufa)
Best coach Czech Republic Miloš Říha (Atlant)
Alexei Cherepanov Award (best rookie) Russia Pavel Zdunov (Magnitogorsk)

The league also awarded six "Golden Helmets" for the members of the all-star team:

Forwards Russia Alexander Radulov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Russia Igor Grigorenko
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Russia Sergei Mozyakin
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Defense Latvia Sandis Ozoliņš
Dinamo Riga
Russia Kirill Koltsov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Goalie Sweden Erik Ersberg
Salavat Yulaev Ufa

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