Amur Khabarovsk

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Amur Khabarovsk
Amur Khabarovsk Logo.png
Full name Hockey Club Amur
Founded 1966
Based in Khabarovsk, Russia
Arena Platinum Arena
(capacity: 7,100)
League Kontinental Hockey League
Division Chernyshev
Conference Eastern
Team colors               
Owner(s) Dalspetsstroy
GM Yuri Hrizman
Head coach Evgeni Popikhin
Captain Dmitri Tarasov
Affiliates Amurskie Tigry (MHL)
Website www.hcamur.ru

Hockey Club Amur (Russian: Хоккейный клуб Амур), commonly referred to as the Amur Khabarovsk,[1] is Russian professional ice hockey team based in Khabarovsk. They are members of the Chernyshev Division of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Located in the Russian Far East, the team takes its name from the Amur River, and plays its home games at the Platinum Arena.

History[edit]

Amur Khabarovsk was founded in 1966 as SKA Khabarovsk; it only adopted its current name in 1996, a name that comes from the nearby river Amur. By its location in the Russian Far East, the team is pretty isolated from every other team in the KHL, making rivalries difficult; the nearest KHL team is Admiral Vladivostok. Still, the team is very popular among Khabarovsk citizens, and despite its usual poor results, the team keeps being highly successful at the gates.

For a long time a lower division dweller, Khabarovsk won the championship of the Soviet League Division 3 in 1989, earning promotion to the upper level. In 1996, Khabarovsk promoted to the Russian Superleague. A relegation to the Vysshaya Liga occurred in 2004 when the mining company that funds the club had financial difficulties. The Tigers could promote back to the top level in 2006. That same financial crisis forced the team's reserve squad, the Golden Amur Khabarovsk, to withdraw from the Asia League where it played for the 2004-05 season. The team could finish the season and take part in the playoffs, however; they finished third in regular season standings and failed to reach the playoffs finals.

In 2008, Khabarovsk was one of the 24 founding members of the Kontinental Hockey League. The team played the league's inaugural game on September 2 against Dinamo Riga at home in front of a sell-out crowd of 7,100 people. Unfortunately for the fans, their team lost 4-2 to the Latvian side. Riga and the Tigers were playing back-to-back games in Khabarovsk, however, and on the second match, Amur won 7-6 in a tied game that went to shootouts. But the 2008-09 didn't prove to be very successful for the Tigers. The team was plagued with injuries - in October only, 11 players were side-lined, including imports Kyle Wanvig and Bryce Lampman. The Tigers needed to strengthen their squad, and therefore offered a contract to Carolina Hurricanes's Matt Murley, which resulted in a controversy sometimes compared to Alexander Radulov's, even though there are many differences. Murley's signing didn't prove beneficial for Amur though, as he only contributed 8 points to a fairly impotent offence that scored only 111 goals. Veterans Oleg Belkin and Peter Nylander were Amur's top goal scorers with 11 goals each; Belkin was top scorer with a meager 24 points in 50 games. Amur's defence was better, with regular defencemen Vasily Turkovsky and Viktor Kostyuchenok even managing to finish the season with a +3 and +2 record, respectively. But overall, the season was disappointing for the Tigers, with a 20th place, 15 wins and 60 points.

Things barely improved in 2009-10. Amur finished 21st, out of playoffs again, this time again with 60 points and only 12 wins in regular time (plus three in overtime and six in the shootouts). Former Montreal Canadiens' and Columbus Blue Jackets' David Ling did the best in offense with 32 points, while Alexei Kopeikin and Ruslan Khasanshin were the best goal scorers with respectively 16 and 14 goals. All in all, it's only 129 goals that the team scored, 18 better than the previous season, but still fourth worst in the league. Oleg Belkin had to miss the whole season, while Peter Nylander left the team after ten game to go back in Sweden, joining Timrå IK of the Elitserien. The defence was not as solid as the previous season, with Turkovsky retired and Kostyuchenok traded to HC Spartak Moscow after 14 games. The result was 187 goals against, 29 more than the previous season. Former NHL veteran and Stanley Cup winner Nolan Pratt ended up being the fourth defenceman on the team in icetime and finished the season with 11 points and a -14 +/- rating. Fortunately, despite playing a disappointing season, Khabarovsk could still count on the 4th highest average attendance in the league, with an average of 7,100 fans per game.

Honors[edit]

Runners-up[edit]

2 KHL Cup of Hope (1): 2013

Season-by-season KHL record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 15 30 1 60 111 158 6th, Kharlamov Oleg Belkin (25 points: 11 G, 15 A; 50 GP) Did not qualify
2009–10 56 12 29 2 60 129 187 5th, Chernyshev David Ling (32 points: 8 G, 24 A; 46 GP) Did not qualify
2010–11 54 13 32 4 50 112 173 5th, Chernyshev Radik Zakiev (25 points: 12 G, 13 A; 54 GP) Did not qualify
2011–12 54 23 21 2 84 166 139 4th, Chernyshev Jakub Petružálek (50 points: 22 G, 28 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-0 (Avangard Omsk)
2012–13 52 11 35 0 44 115 167 6th, Chernyshev Jakub Petružálek (33 points: 15 G, 18 A; 41 GP) Did not qualify

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 4, 2014.[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
91 Russia Abramov, SergeiSergei Abramov C L 21 2012 Perm, Russia
75 Russia Borisov, SergeySergey Borisov G L 28 2014 Moscow, Russian SFSR
Russia Dekalo, IlyaIlya Dekalo D L 21 2014 Khabarovsk, Russia
15 Russia Dubinin, ArtyomArtyom Dubinin C L 25 2013 Togliatti, Russian SFSR
5 Russia Ezhov, DenisDenis Ezhov D L 29 2013 Togliatti, Russian SFSR
11 Russia Fisenko, MishaMisha Fisenko C L 24 2012 Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR
Slovakia Haščák, MarcelMarcel Haščák RW R 27 2014 Poprad, Slovakia
25 Russia Katsuba, StanislavStanislav Katsuba F L 23 2014 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
95 Russia Kopienko, RomanRoman Kopienko F R 18 2011 Khabarovsk, Russia
51 Russia Litovchenko, VyacheslavVyacheslav Litovchenko C L 24 2005 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
18 Russia Loginov, AlexanderAlexander Loginov (RFA) D L 27 2012 Ufa, Russian SFSR
8 Russia Loginov, VladimirVladimir Loginov (A) D L 33 2012 Odintsovo, Russian SFSR
21 Russia Lugin, DmitriDmitri Lugin (RFA) RW R 24 2010 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
Slovakia Miklík, MichelMichel Miklík LW R 32 2014 Piešťany, Slovakia
30 Russia Murygin, AlexeiAlexei Murygin G L 27 2009 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
Finland Niinimäki, JesseJesse Niinimäki C L 31 2014 Tampere, Finland
74 Russia Orlov, EvgenyEvgeny Orlov F L 23 2012 Omsk, Russian SFSR
Russia Rybnitsky, EvgenyEvgeny Rybnitsky D L 25 2014 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
73 Russia Smurov, SergeiSergei Smurov C L 21 2010 Khabarovsk, Russia
Slovakia Špirko, RastislavRastislav Špirko LW L 30 2014 Vrútky, Slovakia
Finland Taimi, TommiTommi Taimi D R 23 2014 Pori, Finland
14 Russia Tarasov, DmitriDmitri Tarasov (C) LW L 35 2011 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
22 Russia Yunkov, AlexanderAlexander Yunkov LW L 31 2012 Voskresensk, Russian SFSR
Russia Zhilin, NikolaiNikolai Zhilin D L 22 2014 Khabarovsk, Russia


Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed KHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; bold = current Dinamo player

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk's profile". Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk Roster" (in Russian). www.hcamur.ru. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

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