Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Локомотив Ярославль
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Full name

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2000–present

  • Torpedo Yaroslavl 1965–2000
  • Motor Yaroslavl 1964–1965
  • Trud Yaroslavl 1963–1964
  • YaMZ Yaroslavl 1959–1963
Nickname(s) "Loko", "Railwaymen"
Founded 1959
Based in Yaroslavl, Russia
Arena Arena 2000
(capacity: 10,000)

KHL 2008–2011, 2012–present

Division Tarasov
Conference Western
Uniform KHL-Uniform-LOKO
Team colors               
Owner(s) Russia Russian Railways
President Russia Yuri Yakovlev
GM Russia Yuri Lukin
Head coach Russia Alexei Kudashov
Captain Russia Ilya Gorokhov
Affiliates Loko (MHL)
Website hclokomotiv.ru

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, a plane carrying the team to a game in Minsk crashed shortly after 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]


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 their 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 have not been able to replicate their success since that time, but remained a perennial contender in the RSL and the later KHL.

2011 plane crash[edit]

On 7 September 2011, the Lokomotiv club was to travel to Minsk for their first game of the 2011–12 KHL season when the airplane they were in crashed following a botched take-off from Tunoshna Airport.[3] Of the 45 passengers and crew on board, only flight engineer Alexander Sizov and 26-year-old Lokomotiv forward Alexander Galimov survived the initial crash.[4] Galimov, who had been with the team since 2004, was conscious and had burns to 90 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, in Lokomotiv's last pre-season game, at home against Torpedo, Galimov scored the team's last pre-crash goal in their 5-2 victory.

In the aftermath of the crash, KHL president Alexander Medvedev announced that a disaster draft will be held to allow Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to ice a team for the 2011-2012 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 Russian Major 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.

The accident was the second plane crash in Russia involving a hockey team; in 1950, the entire VVS Moscow team were killed in an air disaster near Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg).[8]

2012–13 season[edit]

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

For the 2012–13 KHL season, Lokomotiv added former National Hockey League players Viktor Kozlov, Niklas Hagman, Staffan Kronwall, Curtis Sanford, Sami Lepistö and Vitaly Vishnevskiy. Vishnevskiy previously played for the club from 2008 to 2010. Active Florida Panthers player Dmitri Kulikov signed on to play with Lokomotiv during the NHL lockout.



1st Russian Superleague (3): 1997, 2002, 2003


2nd Gagarin Cup (1): 2009
2nd Russian Superleague (1): 2008
3rd Russian Superleague (3): 1998, 1999, 2005
2nd IIHF Continental Cup (1): 2003
3rd Spengler Cup (1): 2003

Season-by-season 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 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 Finals, 4-3 (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, 4–3 (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)


Current roster[edit]

Updated October 14, 2015.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
40 Russia Apalkov, DaniilDaniil Apalkov F L 24 2012 Magnitogorsk, Russia
29 Russia Averin, EgorEgor Averin F L 26 2012 Omsk, Russia
26 Finland Enlund, JonasJonas Enlund W L 26 2015 Helsinki, Finland
72 Russia Galimov, EmilEmil Galimov F L 23 2012 Nizhnekamsk, Russia
44 Russia Gavrikov, VladislavVladislav Gavrikov Injured Reserve D L 20 2015 Yaroslavl, Russia
77 Russia Gorokhov, IlyaIlya Gorokhov D R 38 2013 Yaroslavl, Russia
6 Sweden Hersley, PatrikPatrik Hersley D R 29 2015 Malmö, Sweden
71 Russia Kapustin, KirillKirill Kapustin F L 23 2013 Yaroslavl, Russia
98 Russia Kartayev, VladislavVladislav Kartayev F R 23 2014 Chelyabinsk, Russia
2 Russia Koledov, PavelPavel Koledov D R 21 2014 Novosibirsk, Russia
20 Kazakhstan Kolesnik, VitaliVitali Kolesnik G L 36 2015 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR
17 Russia Konkov, SergeiSergei Konkov F R 33 2013 Moscow, Russia
47 Finland Kontiola, PetriPetri Kontiola C R 31 2014 Seinäjoki, Finland
96 Russia Korshkov, YegorYegor Korshkov F L 19 2014 Novosibirsk, Russia
63 Russia Kraskovsky, PavelPavel Kraskovsky F L 19 2014 Yaroslavl, Russia
27 Sweden Kronwall, StaffanStaffan Kronwall D L 33 2012 Järfälla, Sweden
95 Russia Loktionov, AndreiAndrei Loktionov C L 25 2014 Voskresensk, Russian SFSR
46 Russia Lyubushkin, IlyaIlya Lyubushkin D R 21 2013 Moscow, Russia
80 Russia Maltsev, DmitryDmitry Maltsev F L 25 2015 Omsk, Russia
54 Russia Mosalev, DenisDenis Mosalev F L 29 2015 Kartaly, Russia
30 Russia Murygin, AlexeiAlexei Murygin G L 29 2015 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
12 Czech Republic Novotny, JiriJiri Novotny Injured Reserve C R 32 2014 Pelhřimov, Czechoslovakia
33 Russia Pashnin, MikhailMikhail Pashnin D L 26 2012 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
87 Russia Rafikov, RushanRushan Rafikov D L 20 2015 Saratov, Russia


  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. 
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  9. ^ "Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl)". 

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