SKA Saint Petersburg

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SKA Saint Petersburg
СКА Санкт-Петербург
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Nickname Soldiers, Horses, Sausages
City Saint Petersburg, Russia
League Kontinental Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Bobrov
Founded 1946
Home arena Ice Palace
(Capacity: 12,300)
Owner(s) Gazprom Export
President Gennady Timchenko
General manager Andrey Tochitskiy
Head coach Oleg Znarok
Asst. head coach Harijs Vītoliņš
Vladimir Fedosov
Captain Pavel Datsyuk
Affiliate(s) SKA-Karelia (VHL)
SКА-1946 (MHL)
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Franchise history
SKA Ice Hockey Club

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. But they could not win the Gagarin Cup in the following season, and they were relegated in half-finals and finished in 4th place.

Awards and trophies[edit]


Gagarin Cup

Continental Cup

Spengler Cup

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

Soviet Hockey Championship

Basel Summer Ice Hockey

  • Winners (1): 2009

President of the Republic of Kazakhstan's Cup

  • Winners (1): 2012

Tournament Hameenlinna

  • Winners (1): 2013

Puchkov Cup

  • Winners (1): 2015

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)
2015–16 60 29 2 21 2 100 163 197 6th, Bobrov Vadim Shipachyov (60 points: 17 G, 43 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 0-4 (CSKA Moscow)


Current roster[edit]

Updated August 8, 2016.[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
94 Russia Barabanov, AlexanderAlexander Barabanov RW L 22 2013 Saint Petersburg, Russia
77 Russia Belov, AntonAnton Belov D L 30 2014 Ryazan, Soviet Union
73 Russia Chudinov, MaximMaxim Chudinov D R 26 2012 Cherepovets, Soviet Union
63 Russia Dadonov, EvgeniiEvgenii Dadonov W L 28 2014 Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
13 Russia Datsyuk, PavelPavel Datsyuk (C) C L 38 2016 Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union
92 Russia Dergachyov, AlexanderAlexander Dergachyov C L 20 2015 Langepas, Russia
Russia Grebennikov, IlyaIlya Grebennikov F L 29 2015 Leningrad, Soviet Union
90 Russia Gusev, NikitaNikita Gusev LW R 24 2015 Moscow, Soviet Union
34 Russia Ivannikov, EvgenyEvgeny Ivannikov G L 25 2016 Leningrad, Soviet Union
29 Russia Kablukov, IlyaIlya Kablukov LW/C L 29 2014 Moscow, Soviet Union
40 Russia Ketov, EvgenyEvgeny Ketov RW L 31 2013 Gubakha, Soviet Union
3 Russia Khafizullin, DinarDinar Khafizullin D L 27 2014 Kazan, Soviet Union
93 Russia Khokhlachev, AlexanderAlexander Khokhlachev C L 23 2015 Moscow, Russia
19 Finland Koskinen, MikkoMikko Koskinen G L 28 2014 Vantaa, Finland
4 Finland Koskiranta, JarnoJarno Koskiranta C L 30 2015 Paimio, Finland
17 Russia Kovalchuk, IlyaIlya Kovalchuk (A) RW R 34 2013 Kalinin, Soviet Union
12 United States Moses, SteveSteve Moses RW R 27 2015 Leominster, Massachusetts, U.S.
16 Russia Plotnikov, SergeiSergei Plotnikov F L 26 2015 Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Soviet Union
74 Russia Prokhorkin, NikolaiNikolai Prokhorkin F L 23 2016 Chelyabinsk, Russia
5 Russia Rukavishnikov, RomanRoman Rukavishnikov D L 24 2014 Moscow, Russia
57 Russia Rykov, YegorYegor Rykov D L 19 2015 Vidnoe, Russia
87 Russia Schipachev, VadimVadim Schipachev (A) C L 30 2013 Cherepovets, Soviet Union
30 Russia Shestyorkin, IgorIgor Shestyorkin G L 21 2014 Moscow, Russia
9 Russia Shirokov, SergeiSergei Shirokov RW R 31 2015 Moscow, Soviet Union
10 Russia Tikhonov, ViktorViktor Tikhonov RW R 28 2015 Riga, Soviet Union
91 Russia Tochitsky, NikitaNikita Tochitsky C L 25 2016 Khabarovsk, Soviet Union
27 Russia Voynov, SlavaSlava Voynov D R 27 2016 Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
28 Russia Zubarev, AndreiAndrei Zubarev D R 30 2015 Ufa, Soviet Union
44 Russia Yakovlev, EgorEgor Yakovlev D L 25 2015 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union
58 Russia Yudin, DmitryDmitry Yudin D L 21 2013 Nizhny Tagil, Russia

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

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