HC Lev Poprad

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This article is about the previous KHL team that existed from 2010 to 2012. For the current KHL franchise see Lev Prague.

Lev Poprad
2011–12 Lev Poprad season
Lev Poprad Logo.png
Full name Hockey Club Lev
Nickname(s) Lions
Founded 2010
Dissolved 2012
Based in Poprad, Slovakia
Arena Tatravagonka Arena
(capacity: 4,500)
League Kontinental Hockey League
(2011–12)
Uniform Jerseys for 2011/2012 season
Team colors               

Hockey Club Lev (English: Lion), also known as Lev Poprad,[1][2] were a professional ice hockey team and a former member of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) based in Poprad, Slovakia. The Lev existed for only one year, playing in the 2011–12 KHL season.

History[edit]

The team was originally called Lev Hradec Kralove and was based in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. It had been intended to join the KHL for the 2010–11 season, for which it fulfilled all necessary conditions except that the Czech Ice Hockey Association refused to give permission to the club.[3][4] Because of that, Lev's management decided to move the club to Slovakia, whereupon it has been accepted by the KHL's administration to participate in the league in the 2010–11 season. However later the KHL excluded the team from the league for the 2010–11 season because the team was not part of any national ice hockey governing body.[5]

Lev's previous logo featured the city name Hradec Kralove before relocating.

After further efforts, including joining the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation, Lev Poprad was officially admitted to the KHL in May 2011. During the 2011–12 season, they played in the Bobrov division of the KHL, while HK Poprad continued playing their Slovak Extraliga matches in the same arena.[6]

2011–12 season[edit]

Almost two months after being officially admitted to the KHL, Lev announced the signings of the first five players on 30 June 2011. In the final roster, the majority of the players were from Slovakia and Czech Republic. Head coach was Radim Rulik and the team captain was Lubos Bartecko. Lev's regular season was planned to start on 10 September 2011 with a match at home against Avangard Omsk,[7] but because of the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster, the start of the season was postponed and Lev had their first game on 12 September against Metallurg Magnitogorsk. However, for their first win they had to wait until the sixth game, a 2–0 away win against Dinamo Riga on 26 September. Lev also failed to qualify for the play-offs and ended the season as 21st overall, with 54 points from 54 games. The team's top scorer was Lubos Bartecko with 30 points (16 goals and 14 assists).

New team in Prague[edit]

Late in the 2011–12 season, a change of owners renewed speculation about a move to Prague, Czech Republic.[8] In March 2012, the Czech Ice Hockey Association 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] The Poprad-based HC Lev was disbanded after only one season.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime Wins, SOW = Penalty Shootout Wins, SOL = Penalty Shootout Losses, L = Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Season GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
2011–12 54 13 0 3 5 4 29 125 162 54 6th, Bobrov Did not qualify

Franchise history[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Radim Rulik was a head coach for Lev Poprad during the 2011-12 season.
Event Date Details
First KHL match (at home) 12 September 2011 2–4 loss vs Metallurg Magnitogorsk
First KHL point 21 September 2011 3–4 SO loss at Atlant Moscow Oblast
First KHL win 26 September 2011 2–0 win at Dinamo Riga
First KHL shutout 26 September 2011 2–0 win at Dinamo Riga
First KHL win at home 30 September 2011 4–1 win at Dynamo Moscow

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in KHL franchise history.[11]

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

Lubos Bartecko is the Lev's captain and scoring leader in the 2011-12 season.

Tatranski Vlci[edit]

Affiliated with Lev Poprad were the Tatranski Vlci (English: Tatra Wolves), a junior team playing in the Northwest division of the Junior Hockey League (MHL). The team consisted of Czech and Slovak players born 1990 or later. They played their home games in nearby Spisska Nova Ves. Just as HC Lev, the Vlci were also disbanded after only one season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transfer tales – new frontiers". Kontinental Hockey League. June 6, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lev Poprad profile". Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Slovaks, Czechs to play KHL hockey league with Lev Poprad". Prague Daily Monitor. July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "HC Lev will not play in 2010-11 KHL Championship". Kontinental Hockey League. June 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ ""Лев" не сыграет в ближайшем сезоне" (in russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2010-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Back to 24". Kontinental Hockey League. 2011-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Kontinental Hockey League Championship – Russian Ice Hockey Championship Season 2011/2012 Calendar". Kontinental Hockey League. June 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Lev from Slovakia to Prague". International Ice Hockey Federation. April 30, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Permission granted". Kontinental Hockey League. March 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lev, drugs and healthy nutrition". Kontinental Hockey League. April 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lev Poprad Career KHL Stats". QuantHockey.com. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 

See also[edit]