Dinamo Riga

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Dinamo Riga
2013–14 Dinamo Riga season
Dinamo Riga Logo.svg
Full name Dinamo Riga
Founded 2008
Based in Riga, Latvia
Arena Arena Riga
(capacity: 10,300)
League Kontinental Hockey League
Division Bobrov
Conference Western
Uniform Jerseys for 2013/2014 season
Team colors               
President Latvia Juris Savickis
GM Latvia Normunds Sējējs
Head coach Latvia Artis Ābols
Captain Latvia Sandis Ozoliņš
Affiliates HK Riga (MHL)
Dinamo Juniors Riga (Latvia)
Jokipojat (Mestis)
Website www.dinamoriga.eu

Dinamo Riga (Latvian: Rīgas Dinamo) is a professional ice hockey team based in Riga, Latvia. It is a member of the Bobrov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Dinamo Riga is one of the seven KHL teams that are not located in Russian Federation. The club has an affiliated club HK Riga, which plays in the MHL.

The club was re-founded on 7 April 2008 as a successor of a former hockey team (also named "Dinamo Riga"), which was founded in 1946, but ceased to exist in 1995. Since being re-established, Dinamo Riga plays their home games at the Arena Riga, which can accommodate attendance of 10,300 spectators.

The author of the re-founded team's logo is Latvian graphic designer Dagnis Skurbe and it depicts two away facing lions from the coat of arms of Riga, the three stars from the coat of arms of Latvia and the letter "D" from the original Dinamo Riga team's logo.

Július Šupler became the first head coach of the club.[1] For the first two seasons he was assisted by Miroslav Miklošovič and Artis Ābols, but in 2010 Viktors Ignatjevs replaced Miklošovič. On April 27, 2011 the new head coach Pekka Rautakallio was announced.


The club was re-founded on 7 April 2008 and among the founders of the club were Guntis Ulmanis, Kirovs Lipmans, Aigars Kalvītis, Juris Savickis, Viesturs Koziols and others. However, on 27 May Latvian ice hockey federation president Kirovs Lipmans stepped out of the project, because of a possible clash of interests.[2] After the first season, also Viesturs Koziols left the project.[3]

In the first season of the franchise team was led by players like Masaļskis, Prusek, Westcott, Ņiživijs, Hossa and others. After 2008-09 forward Aigars Cipruss decided to retire and instantly became the manager of Dinamo Riga farm club Dinamo-Juniors Riga. Team finished the regular season in tenth position, higher than anyone would have predicted before the start of the season. However, in the first round of league playoffs Dinamo lost to Dynamo Moscow, which later advanced to Gagarin Cup semifinals.

Following the first season, Dinamo managed to sign legendary Sandis Ozoliņš, as well as Jānis Sprukts, Mārtiņš Karsums and others. The team finished regular season in the eighth place of Western Conference, which qualified them for the playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs Dinamo faced SKA Saint Petersburg with players like Zubov, Cajanek, Sushinsky and Yashin on the roster. Still, Dinamo managed to beat SKA and advance to Western Conference semifinals. In the semifinals, Dinamo was defeated by later Gagarin Cup finalist HC MVD 1-4.

Dinamo Riga's match against Barys Astana at the Arena Riga in 2008.

In December 2009, it was announced that 15 players from Dinamo Riga would be on the 2010 Olympic roster for Latvia's Ice Hockey team. Mārtiņš Karsums was then added to Dinamo Riga in January 2010; along with Marcel Hossa representing Slovakia, 17 players in all from the club played in the Olympics.

After his league-leading performance, Marcel Hossa signed a 2-year contract with the current KHL champions Ak Bars Kazan. Martin Kariya signed a 2-year contract with Swiss NLA's HC Ambri-Piotta. New players signed during the off-season include Tomáš Surový, Brock Trotter, Mikael Tellqvist and the returning Mark Hartigan. Július Šupler resumed his post as the head coach.

Team finished season in seventh place in Western Conference and thirteenth in league, as the team qualified to the playoffs. In first round their opponents were Dynamo Moscow. Dinamo won the series 2-4, advancing to next round and facing Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Dinamo lost series 1-4.

As of the end of third season, head coach Július Šupler left the team to be the coach of CSKA Moscow. On April 27, 2011 Dinamo signed Pekka Rautakallio for the head coach position. Also, all the foreign players with no active contracts left the team to play somewhere else. Brock Trotter also left using chance to play in NHL, Montreal Canadiens.

Dinamo signed numerous new players for the upcoming season, from Latvia: Mārtiņš Cipulis, Māris Jučers and for probationary period: Kristiāns Pelšs, Armands Bērziņš and foreign players: Jamie Lundmark, Niclas Lucenius, Björn Melin, Fredrik Warg. Soon, however, Melin was fired. During the season team added also Jakub Šindel, Ville Nieminen and Marcel Hossa to its roster, but Jakub Šindel and Ville Nieminen also got fired.


Apart from Itera, which is one of the owners of the team, Dinamo Riga sponsors include companies such as Aldaris, LDZ Cargo, Skonto Būve among others.

Season-by-season record[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by Dinamo Riga. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Dinamo Riga 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

Season GP W L OTW OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2008–09 56 24 23 5 4 132 156 86 2nd, Kharlamov Lost in First Round, 0–3 (Dynamo Moscow)
2009–10 56 23 22 4 7 174 175 84 5th, Bobrov Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (HC MVD)
2010–11 54 20 20 7 7 160 149 81 4th, Bobrov Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2011–12 54 24 5 4 23 132 156 86 3rd, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)
2012–13 52 13 31 4 4 109 151 51 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify


Current roster[edit]

Updated January 8, 2014.[4][5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
7 Latvia Begovs, RustamsRustams Begovs C L 20 2013 Olaine, Latvia
96 Latvia Bičevskis, MārisMāris Bičevskis C L 22 2009 Riga, Latvia
71 Latvia Bukarts, RobertsRoberts Bukarts LW R 23 2009 Jūrmala, Latvia
44 Latvia Cibuļskis, OskarsOskars Cibuļskis Injured Reserve D L 26 2009 Riga, Latvia
85 Latvia Cimermanis, RihardsRihards Cimermanis G L 21 2012 Riga, Latvia
47 Latvia Cipulis, MārtiņšMārtiņš Cipulis LW L 33 2013 Cēsis, Latvia
90 Latvia Dārziņš, LaurisLauris Dārziņš LW L 29 2014 Riga, Latvia
25 Latvia Džeriņš, AndrisAndris Džeriņš RW L 26 2009 Aiviekste, Latvia
77 Slovakia Haščák, MarcelMarcel Haščák RW R 27 2013 Poprad, Slovakia
81 Slovakia Hossa, MarcelMarcel Hossa Injured Reserve LW L 32 2013 Ilava, Slovakia
70 Latvia Indrašis, MiksMiks Indrašis RW L 23 2008 Riga, Latvia
41 Canada Johnson, JamieJamie Johnson Injured Reserve C R 32 2013 Port Franks, Ontario, Canada
2 Latvia Laviņš, RodrigoRodrigo Laviņš D L 39 2008 Riga, Latvia
87 Latvia Meija, GintsGints Meija Injured Reserve LW L 26 2008 Riga, Latvia
17 Latvia Ņiživijs, AleksandrsAleksandrs Ņiživijs LW R 37 2013 Riga, Latvia
8 Latvia Ozoliņš, SandisSandis Ozoliņš (C) D L 41 2013 Sigulda, Latvia
79 Latvia Pavlovs, VitālijsVitālijs Pavlovs RW L 24 2012 Rīga, Latvia
27 Latvia Porejs, MārtiņšMārtiņš Porejs D L 22 2009 Riga, Latvia
80 Latvia Pujacs, GeorgijsGeorgijs Pujacs (A) D L 32 2013 Rīga, Latvia
16 Latvia Rēdlihs, JēkabsJēkabs Rēdlihs D L 32 2013 Riga, Latvia
9 Latvia Rēdlihs, KrišjānisKrišjānis Rēdlihs D L 33 2008 Riga, Latvia
6 Latvia Reķis, ArvīdsArvīds Reķis D L 35 2010 Jūrmala, Latvia
33 Canada Robinson, MatMat Robinson D R 27 2013 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
36 Czech Republic Sedláček, JakubJakub Sedláček G L 24 2013 Zlin, Czech Republic
73 Latvia Skvorcovs, GunārsGunārs Skvorcovs Injured Reserve RW L 24 2012 Saldus, Latvia
11 Latvia Sotnieks, KristapsKristaps Sotnieks D L 27 2008 Riga, Latvia
38 Canada Szczechura, PaulPaul Szczechura (A) C R 28 2012 Brantford, Ontario, Canada
32 Sweden Tellqvist, MikaelMikael Tellqvist G L 34 2012 Sundbyberg, Sweden
95 Latvia Upītis, JurisJuris Upītis LW R 22 2009 Riga, Latvia
18 Canada Wilson, KyleKyle Wilson LW L 29 2013 Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Team captains[edit]

First-round draft picks[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

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

     = current Dinamo player

Franchise records[edit]

Regular season[edit]


Franchise history[edit]


Event Date Details
First KHL match (and first win) 2 September 2008 4–2 win at Amur Khabarovsk
First KHL home match (and first home win) 11 September 2008 2–1 win vs HC MVD
First KHL play-off match 1 March 2009 0–4 loss at Dynamo Moscow
First KHL play-off match won 10 March 2010 2–0 win at SKA Saint Petersburg
First KHL play-off series won 14 March 2010 3–1 series win vs SKA Saint Petersburg

KHL awards and trophies[edit]

Nadezhda Cup

Attendance at Arena Riga[edit]

Home attendance at Arena Riga
Season Average
2008–2009 6 817
2009–2010 7 506
2010–2011 7 619
2011–2012 7 733
2012–2013 6 220



  1. ^ "Šuplers apstiprināts".  (Latvian)
  2. ^ "Lipmans izstājies no a/s "Rīgas Dinamo"". esports.lv.  (Latvian)
  3. ^ "Koziols: "Par paveikto nekaunos"". esports.lv.  (Latvian)
  4. ^ "Team Roster". www.dinamoriga.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Team Roster". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  6. ^ Riga Dynamo Yearly Attendance Graph hockeyDB.com

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