Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
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|Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
Торпедо Нижний Новгород
|City||Nizhny, Nizhny Novgorod|
|Home arena||Trade Union Sport Palace
|General manager||Viktor Levitsky|
|Head coach||Pēteris Skudra|
|Affiliate(s)||HC Sarov (VHL)
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 1991–present
They used to play their home games at Konovalenko Sports Palace, named after Viktor Konovalenko – one of the most famous Soviet goalkeepers, who played for Torpedo. They now play at Trade Union Sport Palace.
The first official ice hockey tournament in Gorky (the Communist era name of Nizhny Novgorod) took place in early 1947, when the team was the winner of the first Cup of Avtozavodtsev. In the 1947–48 season, the team was in the national championships.
The 1960–61 season was the most significant in the history of Torpedo, with the team winning the Avtozavodtsev cup and the Soviet Sport Cup, reaching the final of the Cup of the Soviet Union, and finally winning the silver medal in the national championship. Torpedo was the first provincial team to place in the USSR championship in 1961. Gorkovchan's success that year is attributed, primarily, to head coach of Dmitry Boginova, who managed to create a strong and cohesive team in just a few years. Goalie Konovalenko Victor was later a two-time Olympic champion and eight-time world champion.
Twice the team fell just short of the bronze in 1982 and 1985. In the 1980s Gorky twice won the Thunderstorm Authority prize. The Torpedoes players in those years were constantly being called to different teams, with some seasons including the loss of up to ten players to other teams.
In the championships of the MHL, RHL and Russia, which have been held since the Soviet collapse, the Torpedoes have not achieved significant success, with the best year in 1995, when the team placed fourth in the playoffs of the MHL championship.
Season-by-season KHL record
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime Wins, SOW = Penalty Shootout Wins, SOL = Penalty Shootout Losses, L = Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points
|2008–09||56||24||24||1||84||162||162||3rd, Chernyshev||Pavel Brendl (50 points: 35 G, 15 A; 56 GP)||Lost in preliminary round, 3-0 (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)|
|2009–10||56||22||27||4||75||154||163||4th, Tarasov||Pavel Brendl (37 points: 27 G, 10 A; 51 GP)||Did not qualify|
|2010–11||54||18||25||2||73||144||151||5th, Tarasov||Matt Ellison (50 points: 21 G, 29 A; 53 GP)||Did not qualify|
|2011–12||54||24||17||2||91||157||132||1st, Tarasov||Martin Thörnberg (39 points: 20 G, 19 A; 49 GP)||Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-4 (Dynamo Moscow)|
|2012–13||52||19||23||4||69||142||146||6th, Tarasov||Dmitri Makarov (43 points: 13 G, 30 A; 52 GP)||Did not qualify|
- RSL/KHL Games – Anatoli Vodopianov – 653 games
- Games – Oleg Namestnikov, 720 games
- RSL/KHL Goals – Alexander Skvortsov, 244
- RSL/KHL Assists – Alexander Skvortsov, 204
- RSL/KHL Points – Alexander Skvortsov, 448
- PIM – Vladimir Kovin – 570 minutes
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