Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2000–present
|Based In||Yaroslavl, Russia|
KHL 2008 –present
|Head Coach||Tom Rowe|
Hockey Club Lokomotiv (Russian: ХК Локомотив, English: Locomotive HC), also known as Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, is a Russian professional ice hockey team based in Yaroslavl. The name of the team is derived from its owner, Russian Railways, the national railroad operator.
On September 7, 2011, a plane carrying the team to a Kontinental Hockey League game in Minsk crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all of the team's roster (plus four players from the Loko MHL junior squad) and coaching staff except for two who were not on the flight, forward Maxim Zyuzyakin and goaltending coach Jorma Valtonen. The tragedy forced Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to cancel their participation in the 2011–12 KHL season. The club instead joined the VHL, the second top ice hockey league in Russia after the KHL, in December 2011 for the remainder of the season and was automatically qualified for the VHL playoffs. Also, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl may request allowance to use more than six non-Russian players in the KHL squad.
The team has been known previously by several different names:
- YaMZ Yaroslavl (1959–1963)
- Trud Yaroslavl (1963–1964)
- Motor Yaroslavl (1964–1965)
- Torpedo Yaroslavl (1965–2000)
- Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (2000–present)
The team generally played in the Second League of the Class "A" group during the Soviet era, being promoted to the First League of Class "A" for the 1983–84 season. Known as Torpedo Yaroslavl at that time, the team enjoyed moderate success under head coach Sergei Alekseyevich Nikolaev. Never a powerful club during the Soviet era, the team became a consistent winner during the 1990s and won their first league championship in 1997 under coach Petr Vorobiev. The club moved from Avtodizel Arena to the new Arena 2000 early in the 2001–02 season, and won consecutive league championships in 2002 and 2003 under Czech head coach Vladimír Vujtek, Sr. Vujtek left the club after the 2002–03 season for a lucrative contract offer from rival Ak Bars Kazan. Lokomotiv have not been able to replicate their success since that time, but remain a perennial contender in the Russian Superleague (RSL).
2011 plane crash 
On September 7, 2011, the Lokomotiv club was to travel to Minsk for their first game of the 2011–12 KHL season when the airplane they were in caught fire and crashed shortly after take-off, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from Tunoshna Airport. Preliminary reports said that all 45 passengers and crew on board had been killed. However later reports stated one player from Lokomotiv, plus a flight engineer, Alexander Sizov had survived the initial crash. Alexander Galimov, a 26-year-old forward who had been with the team since 2004, was conscious and had burns to 90 percent of his body, but died five days later in a hospital in Moscow. 35 bodies have been recovered thus far.[dated info]
Prior to the crash, the team played nine pre-season games, finishing with a 7–2 record. On September 3, the players played their last game, at home against Torpedo, winning 5–2. Alexander Galimov, who had initially survived the crash but later died of his injuries, scored the last goal of that game, sealing the win for Lokomotiv with an empty net goal.
In the aftermaths of the crash, KHL president Alexander Medvedev announced that a disaster draft will be held to allow Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to ice a team for the 2011-2012 season. However, on September 10, 2011, the team announced its intention not to participate in the 2011-2012 KHL season, opting to play in the Russian Major League for one season before returning to the KHL. Former coach Petr Vorobiev has returned to the team as its head coach.
2012–13 season 
Lokomotiv are currently filling their roster, with former National Hockey League players Viktor Kozlov, Niklas Hagman, Staffan Kronwall, Curtis Sanford, Sami Lepistö and Vitaly Vishnevskiy signed on to play in the 2012–13 KHL season. Vishnevskiy previously played for the club from 2008 to 2010. Current Florida Panthers player Dmitri Kulikov has also signed on to play with Lokomotiv during the NHL lockout.
Russian Superleague (3): 1997, 2002, 2003
Season-by-season record 
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|2008–09||56||32||13||3||111||174||111||1st, Kharlamov||Alexei Yashin (47 points: 21 G, 26 A; 56 GP)||Lost in Finals, 4-3 (Ak Bars Kazan)|
|2009–10||56||26||17||4||96||163||132||3rd, Tarasov||Josef Vašíček (48 points: 21 G, 27 A; 56 GP)||Lost in Conference Finals, 4–3 (HC MVD)|
|2010–11||54||33||14||1||108||202||143||1st, Tarasov||Pavol Demitra (60 points: 18 G, 42 A; 54 GP)||Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Atlant Moscow Oblast)|
|2011–12||22||13||6||1||42||68||47||3rd, Western||Oleg Yashin (15 points: 9 G, 6 A; 22 GP)||Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-3 (Dizel Penza)|
|2012–13||52||24||18||0||92||131||121||2nd, Tarasov||Sergei Plotnikov (33 points: 15 G, 18 A; 55 GP)||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Severstal Cherepovets)|
Current roster 
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