Gagarin Cup

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Gagarin Cup
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Established 2008
Current holder(s) Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Awarded to the Team that wins the playoffs of the Kontinental Hockey League

The Gagarin Cup (Russian: Кубок Гагарина, Kubok Gagarina) is the trophy presented to the winner of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) playoffs, and is named after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The Cup was supposedly named after Gagarin because the last possible game of the inaugural KHL season would take place on April 12, the anniversary date of Gagarin's flight.[1]

After the end of the KHL's regular season, sixteen teams participate in the playoffs. The 1/8 and quarter-finals were a best-of-five series during the first season, and the semi-finals and finals were a best-of-seven series during the first season. Conferences were established for the second season. Conference quarter-finals are a best-of-five series while the conference semi-finals, conference finals and Gagarin Cup finals are a best-of-seven series. The winner of the final best-of-seven series receives the Gagarin Cup.[2]

It has been reported that the Cup weighs 18 kg (40 lbs), making it heavier than the NHL's Stanley Cup.[3] The Cup is made of silver and is gold-plated.

Naming history[edit]

According to league commissioner Alexander Medvedev, the Cup was named after Gagarin because Russian citizens associate his name with the achievement of great accomplishments, and the man himself has been described as a symbol of the nation. Additionally, according to the founders of the KHL, his ascent into space serves as a metaphor for the contemporary Soviet breakthrough in hockey.

Another candidate for the namesake of the Cup was longtime HC CSKA Moscow and Soviet national team coach Anatoli Tarasov, considered the "father of Soviet hockey". It was later decided that one of the four divisions would bear his name.

Series results[edit]

Key to colors
     Win for eventual play-off winner
     Loss for eventual play-off winner
W Western Conference champion
E Eastern Conference champion
N/A N/A, KHL conferences established during the second season of competition
Season Teams Game scores Series
score
Series-winning goal scorer
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2008–09 N/A Ak Bars Kazan 0–3 4–3 OT 2–3 1–0 4 Alexei Morozov (50:04)
N/A Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3–0 2–5 2–3 OT 3
2009–10 E Ak Bars Kazan 2–3 1–2 7–1 4 Nikita Alexeev (21:18)
W HC MVD 2–3 1–4 3–2 0–2 3
2010–11 E Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2–1 OT 3–1 3–2 4 Alexander Svitov (55:48)
W Atlant Moscow Oblast 2–3 4–0 1
2011–12 E Avangard Omsk 2–1 1–2 2–3 0–1 3 Jakub Klepiš (52:03)
W Dynamo Moscow 0–1 1–2 OT 5–2 4
2012–13 E Traktor Chelyabinsk 3–1 0–1 2–3 OT 2 Alexei Tsvetkov (65:57)
W Dynamo Moscow 2–1 3–2 3–4 4
2013–14 E Metallurg Magnitogorsk 0–3 4–1 2–1 OT 7–4 4 Sergei Mozyakin (43:10)
W Lev Prague 3–2 3–5 5–4 OT 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seren Rosso, Alessandro (2008-03-13). "New Kontinental Hockey League takes shape, sets rules". Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ "New league schedule announced". IIHF. 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  3. ^ news (2009-01-10). ""USSR Hockey Legends" – "KHL Friends": 5:4 (3:1, 1:2)". Retrieved 2008-02-04. [dead link]