SKA Saint Petersburg
SKA St. Petersburg 1991–present
|Based in||Saint Petersburg|
|Head coach||Jukka Jalonen|
|Affiliates||HC VMF (VHL)
Serebryanye Lvy (MHL)
The SKA Ice Hockey Club (Russian: ХК СКА, HC SKA), 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.
The club was established in 1946 as a top level club of the USSR 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 USSR Cup Finals (the former was lost to CSKA 7–1, the latter to Spartak 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 USSR. 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.
Season-by-season KHL record
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|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)|
|2||Russia !||Alexandrov, YuryYury Alexandrov||2.0 !D||L||25||2012||Cherepovets, Russian SFSR|
|71||Russia !||Burdasov, AntonAnton Burdasov||7.0 !RW||L||22||2012||Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR|
|70||Czech Republic !||Cervenka, RomanRoman Cervenka||4.3 !C/RW||L||27||2013||Prague, Czechoslovakia|
|73||Russia !||Chudinov, MaximMaxim Chudinov||2.0 !D||R||23||2012||Cherepovets, Russian SFSR|
|38||Canada !||Dallman, KevinKevin Dallman||2.0 !D||R||32||2012||Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada|
|33||Russia !||Ezhov, IlyaIlya Ezhov||1.0 !G||L||26||2008||Krasnodar, Russian SFSR|
|7||Russia !||Kalinin, DmitriDmitri Kalinin (A)||2.0 !D||L||33||2011||Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR|
|40||Russia !||Ketov, EvgenyEvgeny Ketov||7.0 !RW||L||27||2013||Gubakha, Russian SFSR|
|17||Russia !||Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk (C)||6.0 !LW||R||30||2013||Tver, Russian SFSR|
|15||Russia !||Kucheryavenko, AlexanderAlexander Kucheryavenko||4.0 !C||R||26||2007||Belgorod, Russian SFSR|
|45||Russia !||Kuteikin, AndreiAndrei Kuteikin||2.0 !D||L||29||2013||Volsk, Russian SFSR|
|25||Russia !||Makarov, IgorIgor Makarov||7.0 !RW||L||26||2011||Moscow, Russian SFSR|
|12||Russia !||Malyshev, AntonAnton Malyshev||7.0 !RW||L||28||2013||Leningrad, Russian SFSR|
|9||Sweden !||Mårtensson, TonyTony Mårtensson||4.0 !C||L||33||2010||Märsta, Sweden|
|72||Russia !||Panarin, ArtemiArtemi Panarin||6.0 !LW||R||22||2013||Korkino, Russian SFSR|
|23||Ukraine !||Ponikarovsky, AlexeiAlexei Ponikarovsky||6.0 !LW||L||33||2013||Kiev, Ukrainian SSR|
|77||Russia !||Ryasensky, EvgenyEvgeny Ryasensky||2.0 !D||L||26||2013||Tver, Russian SFSR|
|53||Czech Republic !||Salák, AlexanderAlexander Salák||1.0 !G||L||26||2013||Strakonice, Czechoslovakia|
|87||Russia !||Schipachev, VadimVadim Schipachev||4.0 !C||L||26||2013||Cherepovets, Russian SFSR|
|52||Russia !||Semenov, AlexeiAlexei Semenov||2.0 !D||L||32||2010||Murmansk, Russian SFSR|
|36||Russia !||Sigaryov, AndreiAndrei Sigaryov||6.0 !LW||L||20||2013||Khabarovsk, Russia|
|78||Russia !||Skachkov, EvgenyEvgeny Skachkov||6.0 !LW||L||29||2013||Moscow, Russian SFSR|
|41||Norway !||Thoresen, PatrickPatrick Thoresen (A)||4.2 !C/LW||L||30||2011||Hamar, Norway|
|10||Russia !||Tikhonov, ViktorViktor Tikhonov||7.0 !RW||R||25||2011||Riga, Latvian SSR|
|58||Russia !||Yudin, DmitryDmitry Yudin||2.0 !D||L||18||2013||Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR|
- "Swiss club and Swedish league lead European attendance rankings". INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "СКА Team Roster" (in Russian). www.hc-ska.ru. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- "SKA Saint Petersburg team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2013-09-07.
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