HC Dinamo Minsk
|Head coach||Gordie Dwyer|
|Affiliate(s)||Second Belarusian Extraleague)|
Hockey Club Dinamo Minsk (Russian: Дина́мо-Минск; Belarusian: Дынама-Мінск, Dynama-Minsk) is an ice hockey team based in Minsk, Belarus. They are members of the Bobrov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Dinamo has qualified for the KHL playoffs (Gagarin Cup) four times: in the 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15 and 2016–17 KHL seasons. The team has not won a single round in the Gagarin Cup playoffs, losing in all four series.
The origins of the club began in 1966, where the original Dinamo played 5 seasons in the Soviet Top Ice Hockey League, with its highest finish being 10th place in the 1989/90 season. Dinamo was renamed as Tivali Minsk in 1993 and four times became a champion of the Belarusian Championship in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2000. Tivali was disbanded in 2000. Dinamo was founded in 2003, taking the name of the historic club, and won the championship title once and the Belarus Cup twice.
On 26 March 26 2008, the KHL confirmed the Belarusian club's inclusion in the Bobrov Division. Dinamo-Minsk started to play on the ice of Minsk Palace of Sports and was relocated to the newly built Minsk-Arena in December 2009. The first head coach of the Belarusian club was Paul Gardner, who was dismissed until the championship had begun. The next one became Jim Hughes, a protégé of previous Belarus national team head coach Curt Fraser. But after the first twelve games, the team came down next to the last place and soon Jim Hughes was dismissed. The new vacancy was taken by Russian specialist Vasili Spiridonov whose efforts were not enough to raise Dinamo-Minsk from the bottom of the tournament table. The club became the 22nd out of 24 teams.
The next season team began under command of Glen Hanlon, who brought the Belarus national team to the sixth place at WC2006 in Riga. The team roster was fulfilled with world-famous players Ville Peltonen and Ossi Väänänen, also one of the best Belarusian goaltenders Andrei Mezin was employed by HC Dinamo-Minsk. Season of 2009/2010 was alike to the previous. The team hadn't shown good result and Glen Hanlon was substituted by the head coach of HK Homiel. Dinamo-Minsk finished at the 17th spot in the KHL while missing the playoffs, but still managed to win Spengler Cup under the guidance of Alexander Andrievsky.
Season 2010/11 became the best season in KHL history of Dinamo-Minsk. The new head coach of the team became Marek Sýkora. Sýkora is widely thought of as one of the best coaches in the KHL. He brought Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the final games in 2005 and a rookie of the KHL Avtomobilist to the KHL playoffs in 2010. Dinamo-Minsk under his command managed not only to get into the playoffs but stayed in one step from the Western Conference semi-finals when Lokomotiv prevailed in the decisive game seven of the series. Also, Dinamo-Minsk was named the most attended club in the KHL after the 2010-2011 season.
The 2011/12 season of Dinamo-Minsk was to have begun on 8 September 2011, versus Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. However, on 7 September 2011, the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash occurred. The plane carrying the Lokomotiv team to the game in Minsk had crashed during takeoff, killing all but one of Lokomotiv's roster. Four days later, a memorial ceremony took place at the Minsk-Arena, with all Minsk players paying tributes to each one of the victims.
In the 2016/17 season, the assistant coach of the Belarus national team Craig Woodcroft, became the head coach of Dinamo-Minsk. From the very beginning to the end of the regular season, the "Bisons" were in the playoff zone and breaking a number of club records. They first collected 105 points in a regular season and took eighth place in the general standings of the KHL. Also, they regained the status of the most popular team of the Kontinental Hockey League, collecting 13,230 spectators at home matches. In total, more than 400 000 fans visited Minsk Arena during the season. But in the playoffs, Dinamo did not succeed. Again, like six years ago, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl became the rival at the first stage. The series ended in five games - 1-4. Also during the season, in December 2016, Dinamo for the second time took part in the Spengler Cup.
Woodcroft had a three-year contract and the club was ready to continue cooperation. But Craig left the team in spring and headed the Swiss club Geneva-Servette. So, before the 2017/18 season Dinamo-Minsk again replaced the head coach. Gordie Dwyer became the new coach. Roster had to be formed taking into account the financial difficulties that arose at the end of the previous season, so the team was weakened. Leaders like Ben Scrivens, Kevin Lalande, Raman Hrabarenka, Matt Ellison, Rob Klinkhammer, Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei Stas and Nikita Komarov have left. Instead of these players came mainly young Belarusians and four hockey players who had not previously played in the KHL - Jhonas Enroth, Quinton Howden, Justin Fontaine and Jack Skille. Some of them showed great perfomance: Enroth joined the Sweden national team to participate in the Olympics in Pyeongchang and became the best player of the season in the opinion of the fans, and Howden took the second place in the list of the team's top scorers. But in general, the season for Dinamo was unsuccessful: the team finished in the 10th place in the conference and did not qualify playoffs.
- Belarusian Extraleague (5): 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1999/2000, 2006/07
- Belarus Cup (3): 2005, 2006, 2009
- BSSR League (2): 1967/1968, 1969/1970
- Memorial Salei: (1): 2014
- Belarusian Extraleague (3): 1996, 1996/97, 2005/06
- BSSR League (1): 1968/69
- Nadezhda Cup (KHL) (1): 2013/14
Season-by-season KHL record
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points
|2008–09||56||12||3||34||7||49||124||197||6th, Bobrov||Yaroslav Chupris (25 points: 9 G, 16 A; 52 GP)||Did not qualify|
|2009–10||56||17||6||31||2||65||139||164||6th, Bobrov||Geoff Platt (44 points: 26 G, 18 A; 56 GP)||Did not qualify|
|2010–11||54||17||8||22||7||74||150||155||4th, Tarasov||Konstantin Glazachev (35 points: 12 G, 23 A; 52 GP)||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-3 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)|
|2011–12||54||21||7||20||6||83||158||148||4th, Tarasov||Teemu Laine (42 points: 20 G, 22 A; 54 GP)||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-0 (Dynamo Moscow)|
|2012–13||52||18||6||23||5||71||125||148||5th, Tarasov||Tim Stapleton (40 points: 24 G, 16 A; 52 GP)||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||54||13||4||31||6||53||102||161||7th, Bobrov||Geoff Platt (29 points: 15 G, 14 A; 40 GP)||Did not qualify|
|2014–15||60||27||7||21||5||100||171||159||3rd, Bobrov||Charles Linglet (58 points: 22 G, 36 A; 54 GP)||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1 (Jokerit)|
|2015–16||60||20||7||24||9||83||147||168||4th, Bobrov||Matt Ellison (55 points: 26 G, 29 A; 54 GP)||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||60||27||10||19||4||105||171||150||2nd, Bobrov||Matt Ellison (49 points: 16 G, 33 A; 54 GP)||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)|
|2017-18||56||20||5||28||3||73||112||129||4th, Bobrov||Marc-Andre Gragnani (35 points: 6 G, 29 A; 55 GP)||Did not qualify|
Franchise scoring leaders (KHL)
These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history while being a KHL club. Figures are updated after each completed KHL regular season.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; bold = current Dinamo player
- Most goals in a season: Geoff Platt, 26 (2009–10) & (2015–16)
- Most assists in a season: Charles Linglet, 36 (2014–15)
- Most points in a season: Charles Linglet, 58 (2014–15)
- Most penalty minutes in a season: Duvie Westcott, 146 (2009–10)
- Most points in a season, defenseman: Nick Bailen, 37 (2014–15)
- Most points in a game: Jonathan Cheechoo, 5 (vs. Jokerit, September 4, 2014, 3 goals and 2 assists)
- Most powerplay goals in a season: Geoff Platt, (2009–10), Jonathan Cheechoo, (2014-15) - tied with 10
- Most shorthanded goals in a season: Ilya Dokshin (2008–09), Geoff Platt (2009–10), Alexander Kulakov (2010–11), Zbyněk Irgl (2011–12), Andrei Stas (2011–12), Zbyněk Irgl (2013–14), Matt Ellison (2014–15), Jonathan Cheechoo (2014-15) - all tied with 2
- Most wins in a season: Kevin Lalande, 16 (2011–12)
- Most shutouts in a season: Kevin Lalande, 4 (2011–12)
- Highest plus-minus in a season: Libor Pivko - +18 (2011–12)
- Most goals in a playoff season: Geoff Platt, 4 (2010–11)
- Most assists in a playoff season: Peter Podhradský, 6 (2010–11)
- Most points in a playoff season: Peter Podhradský, 8 (2010–11)
- Most penalty minutes in a playoff season: Jordan Henry, 33 (2010–11)
- Most points in a playoff season, defenseman: Peter Podhradský, 8 (2010–11)
- Most points in a game, playoff: 3, shared by 5 players
- Dmitry Meleshko, 11-21-2010 at Metallurg Magnitogorsk - needed 43.26 to complete the feat
- Zbyněk Irgl, 11-22-2011 at Barys Astana - needed 31.48 to complete the feat
- Jonathan Cheechoo, 09-04-2014 at Jokerit - needed 42.54 to complete the feat
- Jonathan Cheechoo, 10-24-2014 at Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk - needed 26.09 to complete the feat
- Matt Ellison, 10-03-2015 at Avangard Omsk - needed 17.05 to complete the feat
- Matt Ellison, 10-05-2015 at Barys Astana - needed 21.45 to complete the feat
- Rob Klinkhammer, 10-23-2016 at Sochi - needed 39.52 to complete the feat
- Quinton Howden, 10-02-2017 at Dinamo Moscow - needed 43.45 to complete the feat
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- (in Russian) Dinamo Minsk Official website