HC Lev Praha

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HC Lev Praha
2013–14 HC Lev Praha season
HC Lev Praha.svg
Full name Hockey Club Lev Praha
Nickname(s) Lvi or Leones[1] (Lions)
Lví smečka (A pride of lions)[2]
Founded 2012
Based in Praha CoA CZ small.svg Prague, Czech Republic
Arena Tipsport Arena
(capacity: 13,150)
League Kontinental Hockey League
(2012–present)
Division Bobrov
Conference Western
Uniform KHL-Uniform-Lev-Praha
Team colors               [3]
Owner(s) Sportovní holding Praha
President Russia Yevgeni Myshkovskyi
GM Russia Rashid Khabibulin
Head coach Finland Kari Jalonen
Affiliates Sparta Praha (Czech Extraliga)
Stadion Litoměřice (Czech-2)
Website www.levpraha.com

Hockey Club Lev Praha (stylized as HC LEV Praha) is a professional ice hockey team located in Prague, Czech Republic, which made their first Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) season in 2012–13.

Lev home attendance in the 2013/14 regular season was an average of 7,161 spectators, it was therefore the most visited Prague hockey club and the sixth most visited in the KHL.[4] Last final match at the O2 Arena reached all-time spectator record of KHL, namely 17,073 spectators.[5] However after two seasons, because of the financial problems Lev have to cancel their participation in the KHL league for the 2014–15 season.[6] According to shareholders this decision does not rule out the possibility of the KHL returning to Prague in the future. They are not considering moving the team to another city or another league, the KHL in Prague remains their priority.[7]

History[edit]

KHL match Lev vs. Lokomotiv

HC Lev in Hradec Králové and Poprad[edit]

Main article: HC Lev Poprad

A team named HC Lev Hradec Králové was originally founded in 2010 and based in Hradec Králové, Bohemia, Czech Republic, with the intention to join the KHL. However, the Czech Ice Hockey Association refused to give permission to the club.[8] Therefore, the team was moved to Poprad, Slovakia and was finally able to join the KHL for the 2011–12 season. But after only one KHL season the team was disbanded.

New team in Prague (2012)[edit]

HC Lev Praha players in KHL

Late in Lev Poprad's 2011–12 season, a change of owners renewed speculation about a move to Prague, Czech Republic. In March 2012, the Czech Ice Hockey Association (ČSLH) granted permission for a KHL team to play in the Czech Republic,[9] and at the end of April, a newly found team with the same name, HC Lev, but as a different organization, officially applied to the KHL to play in Prague.[10]

Lev Praha has a working agreement with local Extraliga club HC Sparta Praha and the two teams share Tipsport Arena. During their first season, Lev also played four home games at the larger and more modern O2 Arena.

Seasons[edit]

Lev signed Czech coach Josef Jandač as their head coach for the first KHL season, who named Jiří Novotný as the first team captain. They started the season on 6 September 2012 at home with a 2–1 win against Dinamo Riga.[11] Lev started strong, and by winning six of their first seven games, they were even leading the Western conference for a while.[12] After the NHL lockout came into effect in September, they signed Jakub Voráček, Jiří Hudler and Zdeno Chára for the duration of the lockout.[13] The head coach Josef Jandač, was removed on 27 October and replaced shortly afterward by Václav Sýkora.

In the first season team finished 7th in the conference and qualified for the playoffs, but were swept in the first round by HC CSKA Moscow. In its second season (2013-14) the club was much more successful and got to the play-off final, there they lost to Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4-3.

Honors[edit]

Achievements[edit]

2 Kontinental Hockey League (1): 2014

1 KHL Western Conference (1): 2014

1 Prague Hockey Cup (1): 2013[14][15]

Season-by-season record[edit]

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 OTW OTL L Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2012–13 52 23 1 5 23 76 132 133 4th, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (CSKA Moscow)
2013–14 54 23 12 6 13 99 149 107 2nd, Bobrov Lost in Finals, 3-4 (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 08, 2014.[16][17]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
16 Czech Republic Birner, MichalMichal Birner LW L 28 2012 Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
3 Finland Jaakola, TopiTopi Jaakola D L 30 2013 Oulu, Finland
39 Finland Kapanen, NikoNiko Kapanen (A) C L 36 2013 Hattula, Finland
18 Czech Republic Kubalík, TomášTomáš Kubalík RW R 24 2013 Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
29 Czech Republic Lukáš, JanJan Lukáš G L 21 2013 Olomouc, Czech Republic
7 Finland Mäenpää, MikkoMikko Mäenpää D L 31 2012 Tampere, Finland
66 Slovakia Mikuš, JurajJuraj Mikuš D L 25 2012 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
87 Czech Republic Nakládal, JakubJakub Nakládal D R 26 2012 Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia
74 Canada Oystrick, NathanNathan Oystrick (A) D L 31 2012 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
26 Czech Republic Řepík, MichalMichal Řepík RW R 25 2012 Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
55 Czech Republic Ševc, MartinMartin Ševc D L 32 2013 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
35 Finland Vehanen, PetriPetri Vehanen G L 36 2013 Rauma, Finland
19 Sweden Zackrisson, PatrikPatrik Zackrisson C R 27 2013 Ekerö, Sweden


HC Lev match

Team captains[edit]

Note: This list does not include captains from the HC Lev Poprad.

Head coaches[edit]

Note: This list does not include head coaches from the HC Lev Poprad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hic sunt leones - LEV motto for 2013/2014". HC LEV Praha. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "1000 km ve vzduchu a tým je v Minsku". HC LEV Praha (in Czech). 16 September 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Official website of HC LEV Praha - Organization - About". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  4. ^ KHL v Praze bavila, Lev šestý v návštěvnosti KHL
  5. ^ Ve finále KHL je vyrovnáno: Lev před rekordní návštěvou v Praze padl
  6. ^ "Naděje vyhasla. Lev Praha definitivně končí v KHL". 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  7. ^ Lev won´t play in 2014/2015
  8. ^ "HC Lev will not play in 2010-11 KHL Championship". khl.ru. 2010-06-09. 
  9. ^ "Permission granted". khl.ru. 2012-03-30. 
  10. ^ "Lev, drugs and healthy nutrition". khl.ru. 2012-04-25. 
  11. ^ "LEV wins 2-1 nailbiter in KHL debut". levpraha.cz. 2012-09-06. 
  12. ^ "Lev roars to the summit". khl.ru. 2012-09-17. 
  13. ^ "It´s official! Jakub Voráček and Jiří Hudler will play vs Omsk". levpraha.cz. 2012-09-20. 
  14. ^ "The Lion´s Roar: HC LEV storm to Prague Hockey Cup win". Prague Hockey Cup. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Pohár zůstane v Praze. Lev oplatil Kazani porážku a vyhrál Prague Hockey Cup". Česká televize (in Czech). 16 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Súpiska muži 2012/2013". levpraha.cz. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  17. ^ "Lev Praha team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 

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