SKA Saint Petersburg

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SKA Saint Petersburg
2013–14 SKA Saint Petersburg season
SKA Saint Petersburg.svg
Full name Sports Club of the Army
Nickname(s) Soldiers
Founded 1946
Based in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Arena Ice Palace
(capacity: 12,300)
League KHL 2008–present
Division Bobrov
Conference Western
Team colors          
Owner(s) Russia Gazprom Export
President Finland Gennady Timchenko
GM Russia Alexei Kasatonov
Head coach Russia Vyacheslav Bykov
Assistant coaches Russia Alexei Gusarov
Russia Mikhail Kravets
Captain Russia Ilya Kovalchuk
Affiliates VMF Karelia (VHL)
JHC SКА-1946 (MHL)
Website Ska.Ru

The Hockey Club SKA (Russian: Хоккейный клуб СКА), often referred to as SKA Saint Petersburg and literally as the Sports Club of the Army, is a Russian professional ice hockey club based in Saint Petersburg. They are members of the Bobrov in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In spite of its long history, they have never competed in a league final. In 2012, with an average of 10,126 spectators the SKA became the first Russian club ever to average a five-digit attendance.[1]

History[edit]

The club was established in 1946 as a top level club of the Soviet Hockey Championship to participate in its first season. The original name the club was Kirov LDO (Kirov Leningrad Officers’ Club). It was subsequently changed to ODO (District Officers' Club) in 1953, SKVO (Sports Club of the Military District) in 1957 and finally Sportivnyi Klub Armii (Sport Club of the Army) in 1959. During the Soviet era the SKA (along with CSKA Moscow) belonged to the Ministry of Defense sports club system and consisted of Leningrad Military District officers.

After finishing last in their group during the first season LDO skipped the next season and was downgraded to the second level of the championship in 1948. The club returned to the Soviet Class A in 1950–51 and remained in the top division of the Soviet league until 1991. The highest achievements of the club during that time were 1968 and 1971 Soviet Cup Finals (the former was lost to CSKA Moscow 7–1, the latter to Spartak Moscow 5–1) as well as the bronze medals of the 1970–71 and 1986–87 Soviet Championships.

After one season in the second level division of the Soviet League (the first and the only CIS Championship) the SKA joined the International Ice Hockey League established by the top ice hockey teams of the former Soviet Union. During its 1993–94 season the SKA managed to advance to the IHL Cup semi-finals but lost to that year's champion Lada Togliatti. The club was less successful in the Russian Superleague that replaced IHL as the main Russian championship since 1996 failing to get further than the first playoff rounds.

The formation of the KHL marked the beginning of a new era for the team. HC SKA got into their first conference finals during the 2011–12 season and finishing first during the regular season won the 2012–13 Continental Cup.

Team and player honors[edit]

Continental Cup

Spengler Cup

  • Gold medal icon.svg Winners (4): 1970, 1971, 1977, 2010

Soviet Hockey Championship

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 L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 26 9 17 4 100 143 105 3rd, Tarasov Maxim Sushinsky (45 points: 18 G, 27 A; 48 GP) Lost in preliminary round, 0–3 (Spartak Moscow)
2009–10 56 36 4 10 6 122 192 118 1st, Bobrov Maxim Sushinsky (65 points: 27 G, 38 A; 56 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1–3 (Dinamo Riga)
2010–11 54 23 9 13 9 96 171 144 2nd, Bobrov Mattias Weinhandl (49 points: 21 G, 28 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3–4 (Atlant Moscow Oblast)
2011–12 54 32 6 11 5 113 205 130 1st, Bobrov Tony Mårtensson (61 points: 23 G, 38 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2012–13 52 36 2 11 3 115 182 116 1st, Bobrov Patrick Thoresen (51 points: 21 G, 30 A; 52 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2013–14 53 33 1 13 4 105 174 113 2nd, Bobrov TBD Lost in Conference Semi-Finals, 2-4 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 28, 2013.[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
2 Russia Alexandrov, YuryYury Alexandrov D L 26 2012 Cherepovets, Russian SFSR
71 Russia Burdasov, AntonAnton Burdasov RW L 23 2012 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
70 Czech Republic Cervenka, RomanRoman Cervenka C/RW L 28 2013 Prague, Czechoslovakia
73 Russia Chudinov, MaximMaxim Chudinov D R 24 2012 Cherepovets, Russian SFSR
33 Russia Ezhov, IlyaIlya Ezhov G L 26 2008 Krasnodar, Russian SFSR
27 Russia Kablukov, IlyaIlya Kablukov LW/C L 26 2014 Moscow, Russian SFSR
7 Russia Kalinin, DmitriDmitri Kalinin (A) D L 34 2011 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
40 Russia Ketov, EvgenyEvgeny Ketov RW L 28 2013 Gubakha, Russian SFSR
17 Russia Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk (C) LW R 31 2013 Tver, Russian SFSR
15 Russia Kucheryavenko, AlexanderAlexander Kucheryavenko C R 26 2007 Belgorod, Russian SFSR
45 Russia Kuteikin, AndreiAndrei Kuteikin D L 29 2013 Volsk, Russian SFSR
25 Russia Makarov, IgorIgor Makarov RW L 26 2011 Moscow, Russian SFSR
12 Russia Malyshev, AntonAnton Malyshev RW L 29 2013 Leningrad, Russian SFSR
9 Sweden Mårtensson, TonyTony Mårtensson C L 34 2010 Märsta, Sweden
72 Russia Panarin, ArtemiArtemi Panarin LW R 22 2013 Korkino, Russian SFSR
23 Ukraine Ponikarovsky, AlexeiAlexei Ponikarovsky LW L 34 2013 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
77 Russia Ryasensky, EvgenyEvgeny Ryasensky D L 27 2013 Tver, Russian SFSR
53 Czech Republic Salák, AlexanderAlexander Salák G L 27 2013 Strakonice, Czechoslovakia
87 Russia Schipachev, VadimVadim Schipachev C L 27 2013 Cherepovets, Russian SFSR
52 Russia Semenov, AlexeiAlexei Semenov D L 33 2010 Murmansk, Russian SFSR
36 Russia Sigaryov, AndreiAndrei Sigaryov LW L 21 2013 Khabarovsk, Russia
41 Norway Thoresen, PatrickPatrick Thoresen (A) C/LW L 30 2011 Hamar, Norway
10 Russia Tikhonov, ViktorViktor Tikhonov RW R 26 2011 Riga, Latvian SSR
58 Russia Yudin, DmitryDmitry Yudin D L 18 2013 Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR


Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swiss club and Swedish league lead European attendance rankings". INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ "СКА Team Roster" (in Russian). www.hc-ska.ru. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  3. ^ "SKA Saint Petersburg team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 

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