|2013–14 Barys Astana season|
|Full name||Hockey Club Barys|
|Based in||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|Arena||Kazakhstan Sports Palace
|League||Kontinental Hockey League
|Owner(s)||Kazakhstan Temir Zholy
(Askar Mamin, chairman)
|Head coach||Ari-Pekka Selin|
|Assistant coaches||Raimo Helminen
|Affiliates||Nomad Astana (KAZ)
Snezhnye Barsy (MHL)
Hockey Club Barys (Kazakh: Барыс хоккей клубы; Russian: Хоккейный клуб Барыс), commonly known as Barys Astana, is a professional ice hockey team based in Astana, Kazakhstan. They are members of the Chernyshev Division of the Eastern Conference of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The team was formed in 1999, to play in the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship. Barys won two Kazakhstan Championship titles in 2007-08 and 2008–09 seasons. They also competed in the First and Supreme League of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship, in parallel. In 2008, Barys joined to newly formed Kontinental Hockey League. Their home arena is the Kazakhstan Sports Palace, where they have played since 2001. Barys is the part of the Astana Presidential Sports Club.
Barys was founded in 1999. The Snow Leopards' («Barys» is the Kazakh word for snow leopard) inaugural season was 1999–2000, where they played in the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship. Barys would stay there until 2009. In 2004–05, Barys was admitted into the Russian hockey system. They made their debut in the First League of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship; in parallel, Barys kept a second team in the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship. Barys' debut in Russia was interesting, with the team doing fairly well. They played three seasons in the First League, where they finished respectively 3rd, 2nd and 1st of the Ural - Western Siberia zone where they played. With this first place in 2007, Barys was allowed into the Supreme League of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship.
Barys played a single season in the Supreme League of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship, a good one, where they finished second out of 14 in the Eastern conference. They reached the playoffs, where they began by sweeping HC Belgorod in three straight games in the first round, before falling to Khimik Voskresensk in four games. Barys however won the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship that year. Barys' main team did not participate in the regular season of the league (however, its affiliate, Barys-2, did), but the league's format was so that the three best team of the league after the regular season would play the three best Kazakh teams (Barys' main team, Kazzinc-Torpedo and Kazakhmys Satpaev, all three were playing in the Supreme League) in the final round. Barys won the tournament, dethroning defending champions Kazzinc-Torpedo, en route to their first Kazakhstan Hockey Championship title.
2008–2013: first seasons in the KHL
In 2008, Barys applied to join the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League. The league's authorities allowed Barys in, making it the first Kazakh team into the new league. The team won its first game in the KHL on September 3, 2008 abroad, defeating Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 2–1 in the shootouts. They registered their first home game eleven days later by beating defending Russian champions Salavat Yulaev Ufa 3–2, this time again in shootout. The team finished its first season with a 15th place overall in the league (5th out of 6 in the highly competitive Chernyshev division). Barys secured a spot in the playoffs on February 26, 2009, defeating 6-4 Vityaz Chekhov in the last day of the regular season. In the first round of Gagarin Cup playoffs, Barys faced Ak Bars Kazan (2nd overall in the league). Kazan swept Astana three games to nothing to advance to the second round. Kevin Dallman finished the season as the league's fifth best scorer with 28 goals and 30 assists (58 points) record; he also finished as the league's leader for shots on goal with 217. Konstantin Glazachev finished 9th overall in the league in scoring with 52 points (28 goals and 24 assists). Meanwhile, the team secured a second straight Kazakhstan Hockey Championship title.
The 2009–10 season saw Barys have a very similar season than the previous. Veteran Jozef Stümpel finished top scorer of the team, with 13 goals and 39 assists (52 points), two better than Maxim Spiridonov, who was the best goal scorer of the team with 24. Fan favourite Kevin Dallman also was a major contributor, with 14 goals and 27 assists. Newcomer Jeff Glass did a fine job between the pipes, with 19 wins and a 2.87 goals against average, helping the team finish fourteenth overall of the KHL, a one place improvement from 2008–09. Barys was however once again swept in three games by Ak Bars Kazan in the first round of the playoffs.
Barys opened 2010–11 season with Andrei Khomutov as the new head coach. However, the team's previous manager Andrei Shayanov remained in the team as an assistant coach. In September 2011, league's authorities considered Kazakhstan Sports Palace the worst in the league. The main reason was the regrettably little capacity. Later, the team's owner Kazakhstan Temir Zholy decided to build the new Barys Arena for 12,000 seats, whose opening planned to 2015–16 season. The team compiled a 20–21–4–9 (W-L-OTW/SOW-OTL/SOL) regular season record with 77 points. As the 7th seed of the Eastern Conference, Barys faced Ak Bars Kazan in the first round of playoffs, again. Ak Bars won series without losing a game 4-0.
In the beginning of the 2011–12 season, Barys fired Andrei Khomutov after seven losses in eight games. Andrei Shayanov replaced him and led the team to 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Barys fell in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to the 3rd seeded Metallurg Magnitogorsk in seven games. On May 31, 2011, Barys announced the signing of Dustin Boyd and Nigel Dawes.
In the 2013 off-season, Barys appointed Ari-Pekka Selin as a new head coach. The 50-year-old Finn has signed a two-year contract and fills the vacancy left by Vladimir Krikunov, who returned to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. On July 4, 2013, Barys officially joined to newly created Astana Presidential Sports Club, the organization supported by National Welfare Fund Samruk-Kazyna to combine the main sports teams in Astana. Having resigned most of their free agents, the club wouldn't much change in the 2013 off-season, with the exception of losing UFAs Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev, Vitali Novopashin and Mikhail Grigoriev. On June 19, 2013, the team signed goalie Ari Ahonen for one year. Barys strengthened defense, signing Mike Lundin, Maxim Semyonov and Evgeni Blokhin. On August 8, 2013, unrestricted free agent Nik Antropov signed with the Barys a two-year deal.
In its season opening game on September 8, 2013, Barys defeated Severstal Cherepovets 10-1. During the season, Barys signed a season long contracts with Cam Barker and Zach Hamill. Barys's Brandon Bochenski and Talgat Zhailauov selected to play in the 2014 KHL All-Star Game, as the result of fans and journalists voting. Barys finished as the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference. Recording 26 wins, 18 losses, 6 overtime/shootout wins and 4 overtime/shootout losses, they finished with 94 points for the regular season.
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by Barys Astana. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Barys Astana seasons.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|2009–10||56||20||23||6||7||79||169||173||3rd, Chernyshev||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Ak Bars Kazan)|
|2010–11||54||20||21||4||9||77||155||152||4th, Chernyshev||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Ak Bars Kazan)|
|2011–12||54||25||22||3||4||85||160||160||3rd, Chernyshev||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)|
|2012–13||52||23||18||5||6||85||175||161||3rd, Chernyshev||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Traktor Chelyabinsk)|
|2013–14||54||26||18||6||4||94||182||157||1st, Chernyshev||Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2–4 (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)|
Team and player honors
- Kevin Dallman: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Jozef Stümpel: 2010
- Lukas Kaspar: 2011
- Brandon Bochenski: 2012, 2014
- Victor Hedman: 2013 (Selected but did not participate)
- Talgat Zhailauov: 2014
- Scoring leaders
These are the top-ten point-scorers in KHL 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;
= current Barys player
- Regular season records
- Most goals in a season: Kevin Dallman, 28 (2008–09), Brandon Bochenski, 28 (2013–14)
- Most assists in a season: Jozef Stümpel, 39 (2009–10)
- Most points in a season: Brandon Bochenski, 59 (2011–12)
- Most penalty minutes in a season: Tomas Kloucek, 197 (2008–09)
- Most points in a season by a defenceman: Kevin Dallman, 58 (2008–09)
- Most wins in a season: Jeff Glass, 19 (2009–10), Ari Ahonen, 19 (2013–14)
- Most power play goals in a season: Konstantin Glazachev, 16 (2008–09)
- Best +/- record in a season: Vitali Novopashin +25 (2010–11)
- Playoff records
- Most points in a playoff season: Nigel Dawes, 9 (2012–13), Brandon Bochenski, 9 (2013–14)
- Most goals in a playoff season: Nigel Dawes, 7 (2012–13)
- Most goals by a defenseman in a playoff season: Andrew Hutchinson, 3 (2011–12)
- Most assists in a playoff season: Brandon Bochenski, 7 (2013–14)
- Most goals in a single playoff game: Nigel Dawes, 4 (22 February 2013 against Traktor Chelyabinsk)
- Most penalty minutes in a playoff season: Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev, 25 (2009–10), Jiri Novotny, 25 (2011–12)
- Team records
- Most points in a season: 94 (2013–14)
- Most wins in a season: 32 (2013–14)
- Largest margin of victory: 9 (September 8, 2013 vs Severstal Cherepovets (10–1))
The players who have served as team captain with Barys in the KHL.
- List of Barys Astana players
- List of Barys Astana seasons
- List of Barys Astana draft picks
- List of Barys Astana head coaches
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