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Vityaz Podmoskovje
Витязь Подмосковье
Vityaz Chekhov Logo.svg
Nickname Knights
City Podolsk, Moscow Oblast

KHL 2008–present

Conference Western
Division Tarasov
Founded 1996
Home arena Podolsk Hero Arena
(capacity: 5,500)
President Russia Mikhail Golovkov
Head coach Russia Valery Belov
Captain Russia Maxim Afinogenov
Affiliate(s) HC Tver (VHL)
Russkie Vityazi (MHL)
Website HCVityaz.ru
Franchise history
Hockey Club Vityaz Podmoskovje

Hockey Club Vityaz (ХК Витязь, English: HC Knight) is a professional ice hockey team based in Podolsk, Moscow Oblast, Russia. They are members of the Tarasov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League. The team is widely known for playing a tough and physical North American-influenced style of hockey.[1][2]


The club was founded in 1996 in Podolsk. In 2000, the team moved to the neighboring city of Chekhov; however, the team kept playing under the name Vityaz Podolsk until 2004, where the renaming was finally done. The team initially played its home games at the Ice Palace Vityaz in Podolsk, the same arena HC MVD used until 2006. Such a thing was allowed by virtue of the opening in 2004 of a new arena in Chekhov, the Ice Hockey Center 2004, that Vityaz began using. Initially, this arena had a capacity of 1,370; it was expanded in 2007–08 to 3,300. Vityaz played at the top level of Russian hockey for the 2000–01 season; it got relegated to Vysshaya Liga at the end of the season. In 2005, Vityaz made to the Vysshaya Liga final losing the championship to HC MVD 4 games to 1 but earned a promotion back to the elite level.

Rumors of a move back to Podolsk arose in the wake of the inaugural KHL season as even with the expansion of 2007–08, due to Chekhov's capacity being below the KHL league standards. The team restarted playing their home games in Podolsk, but remained attached to Chekhov. For the 2013–14 KHL season, the team moved back to Podolsk.[3]

Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

Chekhov's debuts in the KHL were pretty bad. Vityaz registered a mere 6 wins in regulation, plus 5 in overtime; in counterpart for those 11 wins, the team lost 45 times (of which, 12 games were in overtime). The meager 40 points collected meant that the team finished at a dismal 23rd place out of 24, a single point ahead of the equally bad Khimik Voskresensk. Head coach Sergei Gomolyako made the mistake in October to dress one more foreign player than allowed by the rules, resulting in a match lost by forfeit. Gomolyako claimed he ignored there was such a rule, and the following week, he was fired, to be replaced by former NHL player and Vityaz head coach Mike Krushelnyski. Vityaz' fans enjoyed the return of Krushelnyski, who was had brought the team to the playoffs in 2006–07. But Chekhov's goon-full roster, which general manager Alexei Zhamnov wishes to shape after the 1990s Chicago Blackhawks for whom he played, just couldn't bring good enough performances to repeat the feat. They however led the league in penalty minutes, some 500 minutes ahead of the second most penalized club, with players such as Nathan Perrott (137 minutes in 9 matches and not a single point), Darcy Verot (more disciplined and productive than in his first season with Vityaz, even though it still only meant 5 points and 168 minutes) and Chris Simon (league leader at 263 minutes, and club's second best scorer behind Gleb Klimenko at 27 points). The team traded away three of its six top scorers (Klimenko, Pavel Boychenko and Igor Radulov) and without the arrival of Bryan Berard (who scored 18 points in 25 games and vastly improved Chekhov's powerplay), the team might have done even worse.

Death of Alexei Cherepanov[edit]

But Chekhov's season was particularly darkened by the death of Alexei Cherepanov in October 2008, a death that occurred on its home ice and that might have been avoided had Chekhov's arena been equipped with a working defibrillator and had not the ambulance that should remain available until the end of the match not departed well before the end, resulting in much longer delays between the accident and the moment where Cherepanov arrived at the nearest hospital.[4] [5]

Mass brawl in Chekhov[edit]

2009–10 felt like déja-vu for Chekhov. After almost being thrown out of the league due to its finances in August (it needed to find 300 million of rubles, which it did), the Knights started the season with two wins and temporarily led the league. Things didn't last however as the team finished 23rd out of 24 teams with only 13 regular-season wins (plus 3 in overtime and 2 in the shootouts—an improvement from the previous year), 54 points and, once again, a colossal amount of penalty minutes: 1522, ahead and by far every other team in the league. Vadim Berdnikov, Gleb Klimenko (who came back from Kazan) and Chris Simon led the offence with respectively 33, 27 and 25 points. Darcy Verot, on the other hand, led the team in penalty minutes with 376 in 34 matches.

Once again, an incident between Vityaz and Avangard marked the season. On January 9, 2010, the game between Vityaz and Avangard was stopped after 3 minutes and 39 seconds when a bench-clearing and penalty-box-clearing brawl broke out. Darcy Verot had instigated the brawl after three minutes of play when he shot the puck at an Avangard player. A mass brawl quickly followed, which the referees could deal with. However, as soon as the game was resumed, fighting resumed as well and both benches cleared to join the fight.[6] The game was quickly getting out of hand and the officials decided it was better to cancel the whole game. Little else could be done, as a whopping total of 707 penalty minutes had been incurred – a new world record – and a total of 33 players on both teams have been ejected from the game, as well as both head coaches. Only four players avoided being ejected. The KHL imposed a total of 5.7 million rubles (about US $191,000) fines, including 150,000 rubles fines to Vityaz's Darcy Verot and Brandon Sugden and Avangard's Alexander Svitov and Dmitry Vlasenkov.[7] Additionally, Verot, Sugden, Vlasenkov and four other Vityaz players received one-game suspensions. Additionally, this game became the first in the league history where both teams lost the game, as the league declared it would be a 5–0 loss for both Avangard and Vityaz. No team earned points for this match. It was the first time Avangard visited Chekhov since Cherepanov's death.

Season-by-season KHL record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W OTPS Wins L OT-PS L Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 7 5 32 12 43 137 226 6th, Chernyshev Gleb Klimenko (30 points: 19 G, 11 A; 39 GP) Did not qualify
2009–10 56 13 5 33 5 54 142 216 6th, Tarasov Vadim Berdnikov (33 points: 9 G, 24 A; 47 GP) Did not qualify
2010–11 54 13 4 32 5 52 119 178 6th, Tarasov Vadim Berdnikov (29 points: 12 G, 17 A; 53 GP) Did not qualify
2011–12 54 10 6 36 2 44 108 193 6th, Tarasov Mikhail Anisin (29 points: 16 G, 13 A; 38 GP) Did not qualify
2012–13 52 11 7 26 8 55 119 151 6th, Bobrov Alexander Korolyuk (29 points: 15 G, 14 A; 41 GP) Did not qualify
2013–14 54 12 6 26 10 58 110 147 7th, Tarasov Maxim Afinogenov (26 points: 12 G, 14 A; 53 GP)
2014–15 60 Div. Tarasov - ( – )

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 27, 2015.[8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
88 Russia Abdullin, DenisDenis Abdullin F L 32 2015 Magnitogorsk, Russia
61 Russia Afinogenov, MaximMaxim Afinogenov RW L 37 2013 Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
84 Russia Berdyukov, GeorgyGeorgy Berdyukov D R 25 2013 Khabarovsk, Russia
97 Russia Bochkaryov, ValeriValeri Bochkaryov C L 19 2015 Podolsk, Russia
70 Russia Bukhankov, AntonAnton Bukhankov D R 30 2013 Transportny, Russia
35 Russia Denisov, SergeiSergei Denisov G L 26 2015 Moscow, Russia
4 Finland Eronen, TeemuTeemu Eronen D L 26 2015 Vantaa, Finland
56 Russia Gimayev, SergeiSergei Gimayev D L 33 2016 Moscow, Russia
52 Russia Golovkov, IgorIgor Golovkov D L 26 2011 Moscow, Russia
15 Czech Republic Horák, RomanRoman Horák C L 30 2014 České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
Russia Katichev, EvgenyEvgeny Katichev D L 30 2016 Chelyabinsk, Russia
20 Sweden Kempe, MarioMario Kempe RW L 28 2014 Kramfors, Sweden
27 Russia Koksharov, YuriYuri Koksharov C R 31 2013 Chelyabinsk, Russia
25 Russia Kopeikin, AlexeiAlexei Kopeikin LW R 33 2016 Angarsk, Russian SFSR
42 Russia Korolyov, AntonAnton Korolyov RW L 29 2012 Moscow, Russia
65 Russia Kostromitin, DmitriDmitri Kostromitin D L 27 2015 Chelyabinsk, Russia
44 Russia Kudinov, RomanRoman Kudinov D L 24 2011 Moscow, Russia
91 Russia Makeyev, AlexeiAlexei Makeyev F L 25 2013 Novouralsk, Russia
30 Russia Nikulin, AlexanderAlexander Nikulin C L 31 2016 Perm, Soviet Union
34 Finland Palola, OlliOlli Palola RW R 29 2015 Oulu, Finland
38 Russia Peretyagin, SergeiSergei Peretyagin D L 33 2015 Perm, Russian SFSR
40 Russia Saprykin, IgorIgor Saprykin G L 25 2012 Moscow, Russia
29 Finland Säteri, HarriHarri Säteri G L 27 2015 Toijala, FIN
89 Russia Shatsky, NikitaNikita Shatsky RW L 22 2013 Podolsk, Russia
57 Russia Shvets-Rogovoy, ArtyomArtyom Shvets-Rogovoy C L 22 2014 Saratov, Russian SFSR, USSR
23 Russia Shitikov, DmitriDmitri Shitikov RW L 31 2013 Tyumen, Russian SFSR, USSR
17 Russia Solodukhin, ViacheslavViacheslav Solodukhin (C) LW L 28 2013 St.Petersburg, Russia
10 Russia Tsyganov, DmitriDmitri Tsyganov F R 28 2014 Ekaterinburg, Russia
48 Russia Vaschenko, GrigoriGrigori Vaschenko D L 22 2014 St.Petersburg, Russia
59 Russia Voronkov, YegorYegor Voronkov D R 20 2015 Podolsk, Russia
21 Russia Vyglazov, NikitaNikita Vyglazov RW R 31 2014 Olenegorsk, Russian SFSR

First round draft picks[edit]

List of Vityaz players selected in the NHL Entry Draft[edit]

All-Star game[edit]

KHL All-Star Game[edit]


Head coaches[edit]

  • Vyacheslav Anisin, July 1, 1997 – 31 May 1999
  • Alexander Zachesov, 1 June 1999 – 11 October 2000
  • Alexander Barinev, 11 October 2000 – 30 April 2001
  • Valery Belov, 30 April 2001 – 15 June 2003
  • Yury Rumyancev, 15 June 2003 – 5 April 2004
  • Miskat Fakrutdinov, 5 April 2004 – 16 January 2005
  • Alexander Bodunov, January 16, 2005 – 30 June 2005
  • Anatoly Bogdanov, 30 June 2005 – 27 October 2005
  • Alexander Bodunov, 27 October 2005 – 4 April 2006
  • Mike Krushelnyski, 4 April 2006 – 31 March 2007
  • Miskat Fakrutdinov, 18 June 2007 – 28 October 2007
  • Sergey Gomolyako, 29 October 2007 – 5 November 2008
  • Mike Krushelnyski, 6 November 2008 – 3 December 2009
  • Alexei Yarushkin, 6 December 2009 – 14 October 2010
  • Andrei Nazarov, 14 October 2010 – 18 May 2012
  • Yuri Leonov, 20 June 2012 – 11 January 2014
  • Oleg Orekhovskiy, 11 January 2014 – present

Franchise records[edit]

Penalty minutes leaders

These are the top-ten penalty minutes–scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed KHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; PIM = Penalty minutes; bold = current Vityaz player

Player Pos PIM
Canada Darcy Verot LW 1219
Canada Reid Simpson RW 531
Russia Ruslan Murzashev RW 486
Canada Chris Simon LW 484
Russia Alexei Kochegarov F 381
Russia Mikhail Strelkov D 355
Russia Andrei Kozyrev D 345
Russia Alexei Krovopuskov C 327
Canada Josh Gratton LW 282
Russia Oleg Voschenikin F 274


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  2. ^ "KHL scorers who used to be NHLers". The Hockey News. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  3. ^ http://www.hcvityaz.ru/hc-vityaz/item/928-vozvraschenie-v-podolsk
  4. ^ "Russian investigators say Cherepanov was 'doping'". The Sports Network. 2008-12-29. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Заявление Континентальной хоккейной лиги по итогам расследования обстоятельств смерти хоккеиста Алексея Черепанова". KHL.ru. 2008-12-30. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "This is hockey?". KHL.ru. 9 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Both teams lose". KHL.ru. 10 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Vityaz team" (in Russian). hcvityaz.ru. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  9. ^ "Vityaz team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 

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