Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Локомотив Ярославль
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Logo.svg
Nickname"Loko", "Railwaymen"
CityYaroslavl, Russia
LeagueKHL 2008–2011, 2012–present
ConferenceWestern
DivisionTarasov
Founded1959
Home arenaArena 2000
(capacity: 9,070)
Colours              
Owner(s)Russian Railways
PresidentYuri Yakovlev
General managerYuri Lukin
Head coachDmitri Kvartalnov
CaptainStaffan Kronwall
Affiliate(s)Loko (MHL)
Websitehclokomotiv.ru
KHL-Uniform-LOKO
Franchise history
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2000–present
Torpedo Yaroslavl 1965–2000
Motor Yaroslavl 1964–1965
Trud Yaroslavl 1963–1964
YaMZ Yaroslavl 1959–1963

Hockey Club Lokomotiv (Russian: ХК Локомотив, English: Locomotive HC), also known as Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, is a Russian professional ice hockey team, based in the city of Yaroslavl, playing in the top level Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The name of the team is derived from its owner, Russian Railways, the national railroad operator.

On 7 September 2011, nearly the entire team perished in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash. The team's flight to a game in Minsk crashed during takeoff, killing all of the team's roster (except forward Maxim Zyuzyakin, who was not on the flight), all coaching staff (except goaltending coach Jorma Valtonen, not on the flight) and four players from the Loko 9 juniors squad of the Minor Hockey League (MHL)[1] The tragedy forced Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to cancel their participation in the 2011–12 KHL season.[2]

History[edit]

The team has been known previously by several different names:

  • YaMZ Yaroslavl (1959–1963)
  • Trud Yaroslavl (1963–1964)
  • Motor Yaroslavl (1964–1965)
  • Torpedo Yaroslavl (1965–2000)
  • Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (2000–present)

The team generally played in the Second League of the Class "A" group during the Soviet era, being promoted to the First League of Class "A" for the 1983–84 season. Known as Torpedo Yaroslavl at that time, the team enjoyed moderate success under head coach Sergei Alekseyevich Nikolaev. Never a powerful club during the Soviet era, the team became a consistent winner with the creation of the Russian Superleague (RSL) following the collapse of the Soviet Union, winning its first RSL championship in 1997 under coach Petr Vorobiev. The club moved from Avtodizel Arena to the new Arena 2000 early in the 2001–02 season, and won consecutive league championships in 2002 and 2003 under Czech head coach Vladimír Vujtek, Sr. Vujtek left the club after the 2002–03 season for a lucrative contract offer from rival Ak Bars Kazan. Lokomotiv has not been able to replicate its success since that time, but has remained a perennial contender in the RSL and then the later KHL.

2011 plane crash[edit]

On 7 September 2011, the Lokomotiv club was to travel to Minsk for its first game of the 2011–12 KHL season when the airplane that was carrying the team crashed following a botched take-off from Tunoshna Airport.[3] Of the 45 passengers and crew on board, only flight engineer Alexander Sizov survived the crash.[4]; 26-year-old Lokomotiv forward Alexander Galimov, who had been with the team since 2004, was pulled out of the crash alive, and was conscious and had burns to 80 percent of his body, but died five days later in a hospital in Moscow.[5]

Prior to the crash, the team played nine pre-season games, finishing with a 7–2 record. On 3 September 2011, in Lokomotiv's last pre-season game, at home against Torpedo, Galimov scored the team's last pre-crash goal in a 5–2 victory.

In the aftermath of the crash, KHL president Alexander Medvedev announced that a disaster draft would be held to allow Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to ice a team for the 2011–12 season.[6] However, on 10 September 2011, the team announced its intention not to participate in the 2011–2012 KHL season, opting to play in the Supreme Hockey League (VHL) for one season before returning to the KHL.[7] Former coach Petr Vorobiev returned to the team as its head coach for the VHL season. Also, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's squad for the following season would automatically be qualified for the KHL playoffs, and the club could request allowance to use more than six non-Russian players in the KHL squad.[8][9]

The accident was the second plane crash in Russia involving a hockey team; in 1950, the entire VVS Moscow team was killed in an air disaster near Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg).[10]

2012–13 season[edit]

On 9 April 2012, Tom Rowe, formerly an assistant coach with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, signed on as the team's new head coach.

For the 2012–13 KHL season, Lokomotiv added former NHL players Viktor Kozlov, Niklas Hagman, Staffan Kronwall, Curtis Sanford, Sami Lepistö and Vitaly Vishnevskiy. Vishnevskiy previously played for the club from 2008 to 2010. Current Winnipeg Jets Defenseman Dmitri Kulikov signed on to play with Lokomotiv during the NHL lockout.

Honors[edit]

Champions[edit]

1st, gold medalist(s) Russian Superleague (3): 1997, 2002, 2003
1st, gold medalist(s) Minsk Cup (1): 2017
1st, gold medalist(s) LDZ Kauss (3): 2010, 2011, 2017

Runners-up[edit]

2nd, silver medalist(s) Gagarin Cup (1): 2009
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gagarin Cup (3): 2011, 2014, 2017
2nd, silver medalist(s) Russian Superleague (1): 2008
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Russian Superleague (3): 1998, 1999, 2005
2nd, silver medalist(s) IIHF Continental Cup (1): 2003
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Spengler Cup (1): 2003

Season-by-season record[edit]

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

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 32 13 3 111 174 111 1st, Kharlamov Alexei Yashin (47 points: 21 G, 26 A; 56 GP) Lost in Gagarin Cup Finals, 3–4 (Ak Bars Kazan)
2009–10 56 26 17 4 96 163 132 3rd, Tarasov Josef Vašíček (48 points: 21 G, 27 A; 56 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 (HC MVD)
2010–11 54 33 14 1 108 202 143 1st, Tarasov Pavol Demitra (60 points: 18 G, 42 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Atlant Moscow Oblast)
2011–12 22 13 6 1 42 68 47 3rd, Western Oleg Yashin (15 points: 9 G, 6 A; 22 GP) Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2–3 (Dizel Penza)
2012–13 52 24 18 0 92 131 121 2nd, Tarasov Sergei Plotnikov (33 points: 15 G, 18 A; 55 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Severstal Cherepovets)
2013–14 54 28 21 5 84 109 103 3rd, Tarasov Sergei Plotnikov (35 points: 15 G, 20 A; 53 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 1–4 (Lev Praha)
2014–15 60 32 19 9 97 155 143 3rd, Tarasov Yegor Averin (37 points: 16 G, 21 A; 59 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2015–16 60 43 15 2 125 155 94 2nd, Tarasov Daniil Apalkov (43 points: 16 G, 27 A; 59 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1–4 (SKA Saint Petersburg)
2016–17 60 36 18 6 110 163 130 3rd, Tarasov Brandon Kozun (56 points: 23 G, 33 A; 59 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (SKA Saint Petersburg)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 18, 2017.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
91 Russia Denis Alexeyev C R 21 2017 Gubkin, Russia
40 Russia Daniil Apalkov C L 26 2012 Magnitogorsk, Russia
29 Russia Yegor Averin (A) RW L 29 2012 Omsk, Russian SFSR
73 Russia Nikita Cherepanov D L 22 2016 Yaroslavl, Russia
51 Canada David Desharnais C L 32 2017 Laurier-Station, Quebec
34 Russia Artem Ilyenko C L 22 2015 Yaroslavl, Russia
78 Russia Alexander Kadeikin C L 25 2016 Elektrostal, Russia
98 Russia Vladislav Kartayev C R 26 2012 Chelyabinsk, Russia
28 Russia Artur Kayumov LW L 20 2016 Podgorny, Russia
2 Russia Pavel Koledov D R 24 2013 Novosibirsk, Russia
47 Finland Petri Kontiola C R 34 2014 Seinäjoki, Finland
96 Russia Yegor Korshkov RW L 22 2014 Novosibirsk, Russia
15 Canada Brandon Kozun RW R 28 2016 Los Angeles, California, United States
63 Russia Pavel Kraskovsky C L 22 2013 Yaroslavl, Russia
27 Sweden Staffan Kronwall (C) D L 36 2012 Järfälla, Sweden
19 Russia Dmitri Lugin LW R 28 2016 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
46 Russia Ilya Lyubushkin D R 24 2013 Moscow, Russia
26 Russia Roman Manukhov D L 24 2014 Yekaterinburg, Russia
54 Russia Denis Mosalev RW L 32 2015 Kartaly, Russian SFSR
30 Russia Alexei Murygin G L 32 2015 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
22 Czech Republic Jakub Nakládal D R 30 2016 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
6 Russia Denis Osipov D L 31 2016 Moscow, Russian SFSR
99 Russia Alexander Polunin LW R 21 2015 Moscow, Russia
87 Russia Rushan Rafikov D L 23 2015 Saratov, Russia
60 Russia Alexander Sudnitsin G L 30 2016 Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR
25 Canada Maxime Talbot (A) F L 35 2016 LeMoyne, Quebec, Canada


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian coach McCrimmon among 43 dead in Russian plane crash". tsn.ca. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. ^ Grigory Sysoey (10 September 2011). "Russia's Lokomotiv ice hockey team to miss season after air disaster". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  3. ^ Barry, Ellen (7 September 2011). "Crash Wipes Out Elite Russian Hockey Team, Killing Several Veterans of the N.H.L."]". New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Top KHL squad killed in passenger plane crash in Russia". RT.com. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  5. ^ Morgunov, Sergei (7 September 2011). Первые фото с места крушения Як-42 под Ярославлем. Lifenews.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  6. ^ Leonard, Peter (8 September 2011). "KHL delays games, but season will go on for Lokomotiv". nationalpost.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Lokomotiv will not play this season". FOX Sports. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  8. ^ На совещании в Кремле решили: "Локомотив" с декабря начнёт играть в ВХЛ. Sovetsky Sport (in Russian). 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  9. ^ "KHL's new Lokomotiv won't play this season". Red Light. 12 September 2011. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Plane Crash Wipes Out Elite Russian Hockey Team". TotalNews. 7 September 2011. Archived from the original on 16 November 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl)".

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