SKA Saint Petersburg

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SKA Saint Petersburg
SKA Saint Petersburg.svg
Full name Sports Club of the Army
Nickname(s) Soldiers, Horses
Founded 1946
Based in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Arena Ice Palace
(capacity: 12,300)
League Kontinental Hockey League
Division Bobrov
Conference Western
Team colors               
Owner(s) Gazprom Export
President Gennady Timchenko
GM Andrey Tochitskiy
Head coach Sergei Zubov
Assistant coaches Alexey Yarushkin
Maxim Sokolov
Captain Ilya Kovalchuk
Affiliates SKA-Karelia (VHL)
SКА-1946 (MHL)

The Hockey Club SKA (Russian: Хоккейный клуб СКА), often referred to as SKA Saint Petersburg and literally as the Sports Club of the Army, is a Russian professional ice hockey club based in Saint Petersburg. They are members of the Bobrov Division in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In spite of its long history, the club never competed in a league final until the 2014–15 KHL season, where they defeated Ak Bars Kazan winning the Gagarin Cup. In 2012, with an average of 10,126 spectators the SKA became the first Russian club ever to average a five-digit attendance.[1]


The club was established in 1946 as a top level club of the Soviet Hockey Championship to participate in its first season. The original name the club was Kirov LDO (Kirov Leningrad Officers’ Club). It was subsequently changed to ODO (District Officers' Club) in 1953, SKVO (Sports Club of the Military District) in 1957 and finally Sportivnyi Klub Armii (Sport Club of the Army) in 1959. During the Soviet era the SKA (along with CSKA Moscow) belonged to the Ministry of Defense sports club system and consisted of Leningrad Military District officers.

After finishing last in their group during the first season LDO skipped the next season and was downgraded to the second level of the championship in 1948. The club returned to the Soviet Class A in 1950–51 and remained in the top division of the Soviet league until 1991. The highest achievements of the club during that time were 1968 and 1971 Soviet Cup Finals (the former was lost to CSKA Moscow 7–1, the latter to Spartak Moscow 5–1) as well as the bronze medals of the 1970–71 and 1986–87 Soviet Championships.

After one season in the second level division of the Soviet League (the first and the only CIS Championship) the SKA joined the International Ice Hockey League established by the top ice hockey teams of the former Soviet Union. During its 1993–94 season the SKA managed to advance to the IHL Cup semi-finals but lost to that year's champion Lada Togliatti. The club was less successful in the Russian Superleague that replaced IHL as the main Russian championship since 1996 failing to get further than the first playoff rounds.

The formation of the KHL marked the beginning of a new era for the team. HC SKA got into their first conference finals during the 2011–12 season and finishing first during the regular season won the 2012–13 Continental Cup. In April 2015 the team has won the Gagarin Cup to become the KHL Champion, the first nationwide championship in club history.

Awards and trophies[edit]


Gagarin Cup

Continental Cup

Spengler Cup

  • Winners (4): 1970, 1971, 1977, 2010

Soviet Hockey Championship

Season-by-season record[edit]

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

Season GP W OTW L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 26 9 17 4 100 143 105 3rd, Tarasov Maxim Sushinsky (45 points: 18 G, 27 A; 48 GP) Lost in preliminary round, 0–3 (Spartak Moscow)
2009–10 56 36 4 10 6 122 192 118 1st, Bobrov Maxim Sushinsky (65 points: 27 G, 38 A; 56 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1–3 (Dinamo Riga)
2010–11 54 23 9 13 9 96 171 144 2nd, Bobrov Mattias Weinhandl (49 points: 21 G, 28 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3–4 (Atlant Moscow Oblast)
2011–12 54 32 6 11 5 113 205 130 1st, Bobrov Tony Mårtensson (61 points: 23 G, 38 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2012–13 52 36 2 11 3 115 182 116 1st, Bobrov Patrick Thoresen (51 points: 21 G, 30 A; 52 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2013–14 53 33 1 13 4 105 174 113 2nd, Bobrov Artemi Panarin (40 points: 20 G, 20 A; 51 GP) Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-4 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2014–15 60 36 2 14 2 123 210 136 2nd, Bobrov Artemi Panarin (62 points: 26 G, 36 A; 54 GP) Gagarin Cup Champions, 4-1 (Ak Bars Kazan)


Current roster[edit]

Updated July 25, 2015.[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
44 Russia Artyukhin, EvgenyEvgeny Artyukhin (A) W L 32 2015 Moscow, Russian SFSR
94 Russia Barabanov, AlexanderAlexander Barabanov RW L 21 2013 St. Petersburg, Russia
77 Russia Belov, AntonAnton Belov Injured Reserve D L 29 2014 Ryazan, Russian SFSR
49 Russia Belov, NikolaiNikolai Belov D L 28 2014 Moscow, Russian SFSR
71 Russia Burdasov, AntonAnton Burdasov RW L 24 2012 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
73 Russia Chudinov, MaximMaxim Chudinov D R 25 2012 Cherepovets, Russian SFSR
63 Russia Dadonov, EvgeniiEvgenii Dadonov W L 26 2014 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
33 Russia Ezhov, IlyaIlya Ezhov G L 27 2014 Krasnodar, Russian SFSR
29 Russia Kablukov, IlyaIlya Kablukov LW/C L 27 2014 Moscow, Russian SFSR
47 Russia Kadeikin, AlexanderAlexander Kadeikin Injured Reserve C L 22 2014 Elektrostal, Russian SFSR
7 Russia Kalinin, DmitriDmitri Kalinin D L 35 2011 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
40 Russia Ketov, EvgenyEvgeny Ketov RW L 29 2013 Gubakha, Russian SFSR
3 Russia Khafizullin, DinarDinar Khafizullin D L 26 2014 Kazan, Russian SFSR
62 Russia Khokhryakov, PeterPeter Khokhryakov C L 25 2015 Nizhnekamsk, Russian SFSR
19 Finland Koskinen, MikkoMikko Koskinen G L 27 2014 Vantaa, Finland
4 Finland Koskiranta, JarnoJarno Koskiranta C L 28 2015 Paimio, Finland
17 Russia Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk (C) LW R 32 2013 Tver, Russian SFSR
10 Sweden Lindstrom, JoakimJoakim Lindstrom C L 31 2015 Skellefteå , Sweden
23 Ukraine Ponikarovsky, AlexeiAlexei Ponikarovsky LW L 35 2013 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
5 Russia Rukavishnikov, RomanRoman Rukavishnikov D L 23 2014 Moscow, Russia
87 Russia Schipachev, VadimVadim Schipachev (A) C L 28 2013 Cherepovets, Russian SFSR
30 Russia Shestyorkin, IgorIgor Shestyorkin G L 19 2014 Moscow, Russia
28 Russia Zubarev, AndreiAndrei Zubarev D R 28 2015 Ufa, Soviet Union
74 Russia Yakovlev, EgorEgor Yakovlev D L 24 2015 Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR
76 Russia Yermakov, AndreiAndrei Yermakov D R 21 2014 Moscow, Russia
58 Russia Yudin, DmitryDmitry Yudin D L 20 2013 Nizhny Tagil, Russia

Head coaches[edit]


  1. ^ "Swiss club and Swedish league lead European attendance rankings". INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ "СКА Team Roster" (in Russian). Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  3. ^ "SKA Saint Petersburg team roster". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 

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