HK Kurbads

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HK Kurbads Logo DarkBlue.png
CityRiga, Latvia
LeagueLatvian Hockey Higher League
(2013–present)
Latvian Cup
(2015–present)
Founded1996
Home arenaKurbads Ledus Halle, Riga
Colours              
Owner(s)Andis Pikans
Head coachAleksandrs Macijevskis
CaptainToms Bluks
Websitehkkurbads.lv
Championships
Regular season titles1 (2013–14)
Latvian Hockey Higher League2 (2016–17, 2017-18)

HK Kurbads is an ice hockey team based in Riga, Latvia. It is a member of the Latvian Hockey Higher League and also compete for the Latvian Cup, winning Latvian Hockey League in 2016–17 and 2017–18 season. The team played its home games at Vidzemes Ledus Halle in Ogre until 2017 when the new arena was built in Rumbula, Riga.

History[edit]

HK Kurbads was founded by Andis Pikans, Janis Siraks and Gints Zviedritis in 1996 as an amateur team and played in various amateur championships until 2013 when they joined Latvian Hockey Higher League.[1] The team started playing its home games at Ogre.

In their debut season, as several stronger players joined the team they won the regular season, yet lost in the play-off final to HK Prizma.

For 2014-15 season team were joined by players like Rodrigo Laviņš and Aleksandrs Macijevskis and desipe finishing only 3rd on regular season, they reached finals again, just to lose HK Mogo in series 2 to 4.[2]

In 2016 team reached finals for the third time and this time lost to HK Liepāja in series 3 to 4. That was the first time in history for a Latvian Hockey League final requiring all 7 games to decide the winner.[3] As for 2015–16 Latvian Cup was resurrected Kurbads managed to reach finals, where they lost to HK Mogo.

In 2017 Kurbads reached finals for the 4th time and this time losing 0 to 3 games in series, managed to come back and win against HK Mogo, therefore winning their first championship and qualifying for next seasons IIHF Continental Cup.[4] In Latvian Cup they reached finals and lost to HK Mogo for the second time 2:3 OT.

In next season they debuted in IIHF Continental Cup by winning all 3 games in Group B at home, but falling short in next round by narrowly losing, in what was the deciding game, to Sheffield Steelers with score 2–4 and thus finishing 3rd in group and failing to advance.[5] In Latvian Cup they reached finals again, yet lost once again in a thrilling game to HK Mogo 2:3 OT. In league, despite finishing regular season in 3rd place, they managed to sweep the finals against HK Zemgale to win for the second year in a row.[6]

Rivalry with HK Mogo[edit]

As both teams being based in Riga and having frequently played against each other in several league and cup finals, it has started a small rivalry between two, and therefore even the regular season meetings carry some increased significance to both teams.[7]

Season by season results[edit]

Season GP W OTW OTL L GF GA PTS Finish Playoff
2013–14 Latvian Hockey League 30 19 3 5 3 172 90 68 1st Lost in final 2–4 (HK Prizma)
2014–15 Latvian Hockey League 30 20 1 2 7 167 81 64 3rd Lost in final 2–4 (HK Mogo)
2015–16 Latvian Hockey League 30 18 4 3 5 162 74 64 3rd Lost in final 3–4 (HK Liepāja)
2016–17 Latvian Hockey League 30 19 3 1 7 144 83 64 2nd Won in final 4–3 (HK Mogo)
2017–18 Latvian Hockey League 30 17 2 4 7 131 75 59 3rd Won in final 4–0 (HK Zemgale)

Tournaments[edit]

Players and personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Season 2017/2018

Goalies[edit]

Defense[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vēsture | HK Kurbads" (in Latvian). Hkkurbads.lv. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  2. ^ Marts 2018 (2015-04-06). ""Mogo" uzvar "Kurbads" hokejistus un kļūst par Latvijas čempioniem – Latvijas Hokeja federācija – Hokejs –". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  3. ^ Vārda dienas: Irbe Made. "Liepājnieki fantastiskā drāmā kļūst par Latvijas čempioniem!". Tvnet.lv. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ Vārda dienas: Irbe Made. ""Kurbads" paveic neticamo un pirmo reizi kļūst par Latvijas čempioniem!". Tvnet.lv. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ "Latest: Sheffield Steelers 4-2 Kurbads Riga". The Star. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  6. ^ "Čalpas sausā spēle un Gricinska vārti sagādā ''Kurbadam'' otro čempiontitulu – Latvijas čempionāts – Hokejs –". Sportacentrs.com. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  7. ^ "Mogo hokejisti par Kurbadu: Attiecības ir saspringtas, tāpēc šādā spēlē uzvarēt ir ļoti patīkami / Diena". Diena.lv. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  8. ^ "Championnat de Lettonie de hockey sur glace 2015/16". Passionhockey.com. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  9. ^ "Championnat de Lettonie de hockey sur glace 2016/17". Passionhockey.com. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  10. ^ Vārda dienas: Irbe Made. "Cipruss kļuvis par HK "Kurbads" galveno treneri". Tvnet.lv. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  11. ^ "Laviņš beidz karjeru un kļūst par "Kurbada" galveno treneri – Hokejs –". Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  12. ^ "Amatu zaudējis Kurbada galvenais treneris Rodrigo Laviņš / Diena". Diena.lv. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  13. ^ Vārda dienas: Irbe Made. "Latvijas čempionvienību "Kurbads" vadīs pieredzējušais Macijevskis". Tvnet.lv. Retrieved 2018-03-20.

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