2012–13 KHL season

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2012–13 KHL season
League Kontinental Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 4 September 2012
– 17 April 2013
Number of teams 26
Total attendance 4,126,720 (Regular season)
Regular season
Continental Cup winner Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
Season MVP Russia Sergei Mozyakin
Top scorer Russia Sergei Mozyakin
Playoffs
Western champions Russia Dynamo Moscow
  Western runners-up Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
Eastern champions Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
  Eastern runners-up Russia Ak Bars Kazan
Gagarin Cup
Champions Russia Dynamo Moscow
  Runners-up Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
Gagarin Cup MVP Russia Alexander Eremenko
Dynamo Mosocw
KHL seasons

The 2012–13 KHL season was the fifth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The regular season began on 4 September with the Lokomotiv Cup between last year's finalists Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk. For the first time, the league consisted of 26 teams from 7 different countries.[1] Dynamo Moscow successfully defended their title after beating Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Gagarin Cup finals.

Changes[edit]

Team changes[edit]

After withdrawing from the previous season in the wake of the plane crash that killed the team's entire active roster, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl returned to the KHL with new players.

Lev Poprad was disbanded, but a team of the same name, Lev Prague, was established in Prague, Czech Republic, while Slovan Bratislava joined the KHL and thus continues the league's presence in Slovakia.[2] Also HC Donbass from Donetsk, Ukraine joined the league. The team previously played in the VHL.[3] This brought the total number of teams to 26, representing 7 different countries.

Salary cap[edit]

The salary cap changed from a soft cap to a hard cap, set at 1.1 billion rubles (approx. US$36.5 million), but each club can waive the cap for one player transferred directly from the NHL, if he is eligible to play for the Russian national team.[4]

Season structure[edit]

The regular season consisted of 52 games for each team — twice (home and away) against each other team in the league and two extra games against a selected "rival" opponent (typically a geographically close team). This was a change from previous seasons, where all intra-division opponents were played more frequently. The top 8 teams from each conference qualified for the play-offs, which are played as best-of-seven series in each round.

Nadezhda Cup tournament[edit]

In January 2013, a new repechage tournament known as the Nadezhda Cup (Cup of Hope) was announced, which was held alongside the playoffs. Six teams from the Western Conference and four teams from the Eastern Conference who had not qualified for the playoffs competed in the tournament, whose prize includes the first overall pick in the next KHL Junior Draft. The new tournament was intended to extend the season, and help maintain interest in hockey for fans and players in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics.[5] The first Cup of Hope was won by Dinamo Riga.

Regular season[edit]

The regular season started on 4 September 2012 with the Lokomotiv Cup between the finalists of the previous season, Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk and ended on 17 February 2013 after every team has played 52 matches.

Notable events[edit]

NHL lockout[edit]

The league set up rules for the NHL lockout which lasted 16 September 2012 to early January 2013. According to the special regulations, each KHL team was allowed to add up to 3 NHL players to their roster, among them at most one foreign player.[6]

Proposed matches in New York[edit]

Two regular season games between Dynamo Moscow and SKA Saint Petersburg were planned to take place in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in January 2013. However, the KHL reverted this decision in October 2012 and thus these matches will be played in Russia.[8]

All-star game[edit]

The 5th KHL all-star game was played on 13 January 2013 in Chelyabinsk, with Team East, captained by Aleksey Morozov, winning 18–11 over Team West, captained by Ilya Kovalchuk.

League standings[edit]

Source: KHL.ru[9]

Points are awarded as follows:

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

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

Western Conference[edit]

R Div GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
1 c – SKA Saint Petersburg BOB 52 36 1 1 2 1 11 182 116 115
2 y – CSKA Moscow TAR 52 23 5 8 1 0 15 151 109 96
3 Dynamo Moscow BOB 52 27 3 6 1 1 14 150 115 101
4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl TAR 52 24 2 8 0 0 18 131 121 92
5 Severstal Cherepovets TAR 52 21 1 6 3 5 16 137 117 85
6 Slovan Bratislava BOB 52 17 3 8 5 0 19 124 127 78
7 Lev Prague BOB 52 23 0 1 2 3 23 132 133 76
8 Atlant Moscow Oblast TAR 52 19 1 3 4 4 21 137 141 73
9 HC Donbass BOB 52 17 2 5 6 1 21 134 142 72
10 Dinamo Minsk TAR 52 18 5 1 2 3 23 125 148 71
11 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod TAR 52 19 0 2 4 4 23 142 146 69
12 Vityaz Chekhov BOB 52 11 1 6 6 2 26 119 151 55
13 Spartak Moscow TAR 52 11 4 2 5 2 28 106 151 52
14 Dinamo Riga BOB 52 13 2 2 2 2 31 109 151 51

y – Won division; c – Won Continental Cup (best record in KHL);
BOB – Bobrov Division, TAR – Tarasov Division

Source: khl.ru[10]

Eastern Conference[edit]

R Div GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
1 z – Ak Bars Kazan KHA 52 28 1 5 5 3 10 157 112 104
2 y – Avangard Omsk CHE 52 26 6 3 4 2 11 149 121 102
3 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHA 52 28 0 3 6 2 13 152 120 98
4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHA 52 27 0 0 7 5 13 167 121 93
5 Salavat Yulaev Ufa CHE 52 24 2 3 6 0 17 148 140 88
6 Barys Astana CHE 52 23 3 2 2 4 18 175 161 85
7 Sibir Novosibirsk CHE 52 21 1 5 4 3 17 124 119 84
8 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHA 52 17 5 5 4 2 19 144 150 77
9 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk KHA 52 19 4 3 3 0 23 153 163 74
10 Metallurg Novokuznetsk CHE 52 15 3 1 3 2 28 132 177 58
11 Amur Khabarovsk CHE 52 11 1 4 1 0 35 115 167 44
12 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHA 52 7 0 1 7 5 32 104 180 35

y – Won division; z – Won conference (and division);
CHE – Chernyshev Division, KHA – Kharlamov Division

Source: khl.ru[10]

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Updated on 17 February 2013. Source: khl.ru[11]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 48 35 41 76 +21 6
Alexander Radulov CSKA Moscow 48 22 46 68 +12 86
Evgeni Malkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 37 23 42 65 +23 58
Patrick Thoresen SKA Saint Petersburg 52 21 30 51 +17 49
Jori Lehterä Sibir Novosibirsk 52 17 31 48 +18 48
Evgeny Kuznetsov Traktor Chelyabinsk 51 19 25 44 –1 42
Dmitri Kagarlitsky HC Donbass 51 14 30 44 –5 12
Mikhail Varnakov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 51 22 21 43 +9 62
Nikolay Zherdev Atlant Moscow Oblast 50 15 28 43 –7 29
Dmitri Makarov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 52 13 30 43 –2 14

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Updated on 17 February 2013. Source: khl.ru[12]

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

Player Team GP Min W L SOP GA SO SV% GAA
Rastislav Staňa CSKA Moscow 34 1944:58 18 6 2 57 4 .934 1.76
Lars Haugen Dinamo Minsk 22 1289:29 13 7 1 39 2 .933 1.81
Alexander Eremenko Dynamo Moscow 30 1783:44 17 7 6 55 5 .931 1.85
Stanislav Galimov Atlant Moscow Oblast 25 1389:58 14 6 3 45 4 .943 1.94
Sergei Bobrovsky SKA Saint Petersburg 24 1419:36 18 3 2 46 4 .932 1.94

Playoffs[edit]

The playoffs started on 20 February 2013 with the top eight teams from both conferences and ended on 17 April with the last game of the Gagarin Cup final.

During the first three rounds home ice was determined by seeding number within the Conference, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with better seeding number had home ice advantage. If the seeding numbers were equal, the regular season record was taken into account.[13]

  Conference Quarter-Finals
Conference Semi-Finals
Conference Finals
Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1  Russia Kazan 4     1  Russia Kazan 4  
8  Russia Nizhnekamsk 0     5  Russia Ufa 3  


2  Russia Omsk 4 Eastern Conference
7  Russia Sibir 3  
    1  Russia Kazan 3  
  3  Russia Chelyabinsk 4  
3  Russia Chelyabinsk 4  
6  Kazakhstan Astana 3  
4  Russia Magnitogorsk 3   2  Russia Omsk 1
5  Russia Ufa 4     3  Russia Chelyabinsk 4  


  3  Russia Chelyabinsk 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  3  Russia Dynamo Moscow 4
1  Russia St. Petersburg 4     1  Russia St. Petersburg 4
8  Russia Atlant Moscow 1     5  Russia Cherepovets 0  
2  Russia CSKA Moscow 4
7  Czech Republic Lev Prague 0  
  1  Russia St. Petersburg 2
  3  Russia Dynamo Moscow 4  
3  Russia Dynamo Moscow 4  
6  SlovakiaBratislava 0   Western Conference
4  Russia Yaroslavl 2   2  Russia CSKA Moscow 1
5  Russia Cherepovets 4     3  Russia Dynamo Moscow 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.

Player statistics[edit]

Playoff scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Petri Kontiola Traktor Chelyabinsk 25 10 9 19 +10 12
Viktor Tikhonov SKA Saint Petersburg 15 10 8 18 +11 20
Jakub Petružálek Dynamo Moscow 19 9 7 16 +4 4
Tony Mårtensson SKA Saint Petersburg 15 6 10 16 +8 8
Denis Kokarev Dynamo Moscow 18 1 15 16 +11 0

Playoff leading goaltenders[edit]

Updated on 17 April 2013. Source: khl.ru[14]

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 SOP GA SO SV% GAA
Alexander Eremenko Dynamo Moscow 21 1309:24 16 5 0 38 3 93.4 1.74
Rastislav Staňa CSKA Moscow 9 551:12 5 4 0 16 0 93.9 1.74
Konstantin Barulin Ak Bars Kazan 18 1233:41 11 7 0 36 2 94.1 1.75
Ilya Ezhov SKA Saint Petersburg 11 645:27 6 4 0 19 2 93.3 1.77
Jeff Glass Sibir Novosibirsk 7 406:47 3 4 0 12 2 94.1 1.77

Nadezhda Cup[edit]

Preliminary round

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                 
W14 Dinamo Riga 2
W9 HC Donbass 2
W14 Dinamo Riga 3
W10 Dinamo Minsk 0
W13 Spartak Moscow 0
W10 Dinamo Minsk 3
W14 Dinamo Riga 3
E11 Amur Khabarovsk 1
E12 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 2
E9 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 2
E12 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 2
E11 Amur Khabarovsk 2
E11 Amur Khabarovsk 3
E10 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 1

Final standings[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

Players of the Month[edit]

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defense Forward Rookie
September[15] Russia Konstantin Barulin (Ak Bars) Russia Yevgeny Medvedev (Ak Bars) Finland Jori Lehterä (Sibir) Russia Daniil Apalkov (Lokomotiv)
October[16] Russia Alexander Eremenko (Dynamo Moscow) Russia Anton Belov (Avangard) Russia Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA) Russia Nail Yakupov (Neftekhimik)
November[17] Slovakia Rastislav Staňa (CSKA) Sweden Victor Hedman (Barys) Russia Artem Anisimov (Lokomotiv) Russia Viktor Antipin (Magnitogorsk)
December[18] Finland Karri Rämö (Avangard) Russia Sergei Gonchar (Magnitogorsk) Russia Evgeni Malkin (Magnitogorsk) Russia Alexander Sharychenkov (Dynamo Moscow)
January[19] Russia Vasiliy Koshechkin (Severstal) Russia Dmitri Kalinin (SKA) Russia Igor Skorokhodov (Yugra) Russia Valeri Nichushkin (Traktor)
February[20] Russia Vasiliy Koshechkin (Severstal) Russia Yakov Rylov (CSKA) Russia Mikhail Varnakov (SKA) Russia Valeri Nichushkin (Traktor)
March[21] Canada Michael Garnett (Traktor) Slovakia Dominik Graňák (Dynamo Moscow) Russia Viktor Tikhonov (SKA) Russia Valeri Nichushkin (Traktor)

KHL Awards[edit]

On 22 May 2013, the KHL held their annual award ceremony. A total of 23 different awards were handed out to teams, players, officials and media. The most important trophies are listed in the table below.[22]

Golden Stick Award (regular season MVP) Russia Sergei Mozyakin (Magintogorsk)
Best coach Latvia Oļegs Znaroks (Dynamo Msc)
Alexei Cherepanov Award (best rookie) Russia Valeri Nichushkin (Traktor)

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

Forwards Russia Alexander Radulov
SKA Saint Petersburg
Russia Viktor Tikhonov
SKA Saint Petersburg
Russia Sergei Mozyakin
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Defense Russia Ilya Nikulin
Ak Bars Kazan
Russia Ilya Gorokhov
Dynamo Moscow
Goalie Russia Alexander Eremenko
Dynamo Moscow

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Lev from Slovakia to Prague". IIHF.com. 2012-03-30. 
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  12. ^ "Player Stats: 2012–2013 Regular season: Goalie – Goals Against Average". Kontinental Hockey League. 
  13. ^ KHL Sports Regulations 2011-2014, revised
  14. ^ "Player Stats: 2012–2013 Playoffs: Goalie – Goals Against Average". Kontinental Hockey League. 
  15. ^ "September's finest". KHL.ru. 2012-10-03. 
  16. ^ "October's finest". KHL.ru. 2012-11-06. 
  17. ^ "Novembers's finest". KHL.ru. 2012-12-06. 
  18. ^ "Decembers's finest". KHL.ru. 2013-01-01. 
  19. ^ "January's finest". KHL.ru. 2013-02-01. 
  20. ^ "February's finest". KHL.ru. 2013-03-04. 
  21. ^ "March's finest". KHL.ru. 2013-03-04. 
  22. ^ "High Five. Season closing ceremony". KHL.ru. 2013-05-22.