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Vityaz Podmoskovje
Витязь Подмосковье
Vityaz Chekhov Logo.svg
NicknameKnights
CityPodolsk, Moscow Oblast
LeagueKHL 2008–present
ConferenceWestern
DivisionTarasov
Founded1996
Home arenaPodolsk Hero Arena
(capacity: 5,500)
Colours         
PresidentMikhail Golovkov
General managerIgor Varitskiy
Head coachValery Belov
CaptainDenis Kokarev
Affiliate(s)HC Dinamo Saint Petersburg (VHL)
Russkie Vityazi (MHL)
WebsiteHCVityaz.ru
Franchise history
Hockey Club Vityaz Podmoskovje
1996–2004, 2013–present
Hockey Club Vityaz Chekhov
2004–2013

Hockey Club Vityaz (ХК Витязь, English: HC Knight) is a professional ice hockey team based in Podolsk, Moscow Oblast, Russia. They are members of the Tarasov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League. The team is widely known for playing a tough and physical North American-influenced style of hockey.[1][2]

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1996 in Podolsk. In 2000, the team moved to the neighboring city of Chekhov; however, the team kept playing under the name Vityaz Podolsk until 2004, where the renaming was finally done. The team initially played its home games at the Ice Palace Vityaz in Podolsk, the same arena HC MVD used until 2006. Such a thing was allowed by virtue of the opening in 2004 of a new arena in Chekhov, the Ice Hockey Center 2004, that Vityaz began using. Initially, this arena had a capacity of 1,370; it was expanded in 2007–08 to 3,300. Vityaz played at the top level of Russian hockey for the 2000–01 season; it got relegated to Vysshaya Liga at the end of the season. In 2005, Vityaz made to the Vysshaya Liga final losing the championship to HC MVD 4 games to 1 but earned a promotion back to the elite level.

Rumors of a move back to Podolsk arose in the wake of the inaugural KHL season as even with the expansion of 2007–08, due to Chekhov's capacity being below the KHL league standards. The team restarted playing their home games in Podolsk, but remained attached to Chekhov. For the 2013–14 KHL season, the team moved back to Podolsk.[3]

Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

Chekhov's debuts in the KHL were pretty bad. Vityaz registered a mere 6 wins in regulation, plus 5 in overtime; in counterpart for those 11 wins, the team lost 45 times (of which, 12 games were in overtime). The meager 40 points collected meant that the team finished at a dismal 23rd place out of 24, a single point ahead of the equally bad Khimik Voskresensk. Head coach Sergei Gomolyako made the mistake in October to dress one more foreign player than allowed by the rules, resulting in a match lost by forfeit. Gomolyako claimed he ignored there was such a rule, and the following week, he was fired, to be replaced by former NHL player and Vityaz head coach Mike Krushelnyski. Vityaz' fans enjoyed the return of Krushelnyski, who was had brought the team to the playoffs in 2006–07. But Chekhov's goon-full roster, which general manager Alexei Zhamnov wishes to shape after the 1990s Chicago Blackhawks for whom he played, just couldn't bring good enough performances to repeat the feat. They however led the league in penalty minutes, some 500 minutes ahead of the second most penalized club, with players such as Nathan Perrott (137 minutes in 9 matches and not a single point), Darcy Verot (more disciplined and productive than in his first season with Vityaz, even though it still only meant 5 points and 168 minutes) and Chris Simon (league leader at 263 minutes, and club's second best scorer behind Gleb Klimenko at 27 points). The team traded away three of its six top scorers (Klimenko, Pavel Boychenko and Igor Radulov) and without the arrival of Bryan Berard (who scored 18 points in 25 games and vastly improved Chekhov's powerplay), the team might have done even worse.

Death of Alexei Cherepanov[edit]

But Chekhov's season was particularly darkened by the death of Alexei Cherepanov in October 2008, a death that occurred on its home ice and that might have been avoided had Chekhov's arena been equipped with a working defibrillator and had not the ambulance that should remain available until the end of the match not departed well before the end, resulting in much longer delays between the accident and the moment where Cherepanov arrived at the nearest hospital.[4] [5]

Mass brawl in Chekhov[edit]

2009–10 felt like déja-vu for Chekhov. After almost being thrown out of the league due to its finances in August (it needed to find 300 million of rubles, which it did), the Knights started the season with two wins and temporarily led the league. Things didn't last however as the team finished 23rd out of 24 teams with only 13 regular-season wins (plus 3 in overtime and 2 in the shootouts—an improvement from the previous year), 54 points and, once again, a colossal amount of penalty minutes: 1522, ahead and by far every other team in the league. Vadim Berdnikov, Gleb Klimenko (who came back from Kazan) and Chris Simon led the offence with respectively 33, 27 and 25 points. Darcy Verot, on the other hand, led the team in penalty minutes with 376 in 34 matches.

Once again, an incident between Vityaz and Avangard marked the season. On January 9, 2010, the game between Vityaz and Avangard was stopped after 3 minutes and 39 seconds when a bench-clearing and penalty-box-clearing brawl broke out. Darcy Verot had instigated the brawl after three minutes of play when he shot the puck at an Avangard player. A mass brawl quickly followed, which the referees could deal with. However, as soon as the game was resumed, fighting resumed as well and both benches cleared to join the fight.[6] The game was quickly getting out of hand and the officials decided it was better to cancel the whole game. Little else could be done, as a whopping total of 707 penalty minutes had been incurred – a new world record – and a total of 33 players on both teams have been ejected from the game, as well as both head coaches. Only four players avoided being ejected. The KHL imposed a total of 5.7 million rubles (about US $191,000) fines, including 150,000 rubles fines to Vityaz's Darcy Verot and Brandon Sugden and Avangard's Alexander Svitov and Dmitry Vlasenkov.[7] Additionally, Verot, Sugden, Vlasenkov and four other Vityaz players received one-game suspensions. Additionally, this game became the first in the league history where both teams lost the game, as the league declared it would be a 5–0 loss for both Avangard and Vityaz. No team earned points for this match. It was the first time Avangard visited Chekhov since Cherepanov's death.

Honors[edit]

Runners-up[edit]

2nd, silver medalist(s) Vysshaya Liga (1): 2005

Champions[edit]

1st, gold medalist(s) Wingas Cup (1): 2017

1st, gold medalist(s) Lehner Cup (1): 2018

Season-by-season KHL 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 OTW L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 7 5 32 12 43 137 226 6th, Chernyshev Gleb Klimenko (30 points: 19 G, 11 A; 39 GP) Did not qualify
2009–10 56 13 5 33 5 54 142 216 6th, Tarasov Vadim Berdnikov (33 points: 9 G, 24 A; 47 GP) Did not qualify
2010–11 54 13 4 32 5 52 119 178 6th, Tarasov Vadim Berdnikov (29 points: 12 G, 17 A; 53 GP) Did not qualify
2011–12 54 10 6 36 2 44 108 193 6th, Tarasov Mikhail Anisin (29 points: 16 G, 13 A; 38 GP) Did not qualify
2012–13 52 11 7 26 8 55 119 151 6th, Bobrov Alexander Korolyuk (29 points: 15 G, 14 A; 41 GP) Did not qualify
2013–14 54 12 6 26 10 58 110 147 7th, Tarasov Maxim Afinogenov (26 points: 12 G, 14 A; 53 GP) Did not qualify
2014–15 60 20 6 28 6 78 152 186 7th, Tarasov Mario Kempe (30 points: 13 G, 19 A; 54 GP) Did not qualify
2015–16 60 17 6 32 3 70 129 166 6th, Tarasov Maxim Afinogenov (28 points: 15 G, 13 A; 56 GP) Did not qualify
2016–17 60 26 7 22 5 97 162 158 5th, Tarasov Alexei Kopeikin (51 points: 21 G, 30 A; 60 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (SKA Saint Petersburg)
2017–18 56 17 4 27 8 67 131 160 7th, Tarasov Alexei Makeyev (38 points: 18 G, 20 A; 55 GP) Did not qualify
2018–19 62 23 5 27 7 63 134 169 4th, Tarasov Miro Aaltonen (42 points: 19 G, 23 A; 61 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (CSKA Moscow)

Current roster[edit]

Updated June 3, 2019.[8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55 Finland Miro Aaltonen (A) C L 26 2018 Joensuu, Finland
Russia Evgeny Artyukhin LW L 36 2019 Moscow, Russian SFSR
53 Russia Pavel Chernov C R 29 2018 Novopolotsk, Belarusian SSR
14 Russia Alexander Denezhkin RW R 27 2017 Moscow, Russian SFSR
75 Russia Nikita Goncharov F R 20 2018 Orel, Russia
11 Russia Igor Golovkov D L 29 2011 Moscow, Russian SFSR
29 Slovakia Marek Hrivík LW L 27 2018 Cadca, Czechoslovakia
Czech Republic Jakub Jerabek D L 28 2019 Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Finland Pekka Jormakka RW R 28 2019 Jyväskylän mlk, Finland
26 Russia Evgeny Katichev D L 32 2016 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
Russia Pavel Koltygin C L 20 2019 Moscow, Russia
19 Belarus Nikita Komarov C R 30 2018 Novopolotsk, Belarusian SSR
38 Russia Alexander Kulagin RW L 25 2017 Moscow, Russia
Finland Ville Lajunen D R 31 2019 Helsinki, Finland
76 Russia Pavel Lukin D L 29 2015 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
91 Russia Alexei Makeyev LW L 27 2013 Novouralsk, Russian SFSR
93 Russia Danila Moiseyev LW L 20 2017 Moscow, Russia
23 Russia Evgeny Mons C L 30 2018 Cherepovets, Russian SFSR
27 Czech Republic Vojtech Mozik D R 26 2017 Prague, Czechoslovakia
Finland Joonas Nättinen C R 28 2019 Jämsä, Finland
36 Russia Alexander Nikulin C L 33 2016 Perm, Russian SFSR
31 Finland Joni Ortio G L 28 2018 Turku, Finland
81 Russia Yuri Pautov D L 24 2017 Yaroslavl, Russia
13 Russia Ivan Petrakov C L 25 2017 Kondopoga, Russia
92 Russia Bogdan Potekhin RW L 26 2018 Magnitogorsk, Russia
62 Czech Republic Michal Řepík RW R 30 2018 Vlasim, Czechoslovakia
64 Russia Stanislav Romanov D L 32 2017 Saratov, Russian SFSR
99 Russia Alexander Samonov G L 23 2017 Moscow, Russia
40 Russia Igor Saprykin G L 27 2012 Moscow, Russia
28 Russia Alexander Semin (A) RW R 35 2018 Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR
10 Russia Alexander Shevchenko RW R 26 2018 Belgorod, Russia
8 Belarus Ilya Shinkevich D L 29 2018 Minsk, Belarusian SSR
57 Russia Artyom Shvets-Rogovoy C L 24 2014 Saratov, Russia
5 Belarus Nikolai Stasenko D L 32 2018 Roshchino, Russian SFSR
59 Russia Yegor Voronkov D R 22 2015 Podolsk, Russia
21 Russia Nikita Vyglazov RW R 33 2014 Olenegorsk, Russian SFSR
3 Russia Mikhail Yepishin D R 22 2015 Stolbovaya, Russia
7 Russia Alexander Yevseyenkov D L 33 2018 Malakhovka, Russian SFSR


All-Star game[edit]

KHL All-Star Game[edit]

Players

Head coaches[edit]

  • Vyacheslav Anisin, July 1, 1997 – 31 May 1999
  • Alexander Zachesov, 1 June 1999 – 11 October 2000
  • Alexander Barinev, 11 October 2000 – 30 April 2001
  • Valery Belov, 30 April 2001 – 15 June 2003
  • Yury Rumyancev, 15 June 2003 – 5 April 2004
  • Miskat Fakrutdinov, 5 April 2004 – 16 January 2005
  • Alexander Bodunov, January 16, 2005 – 30 June 2005
  • Anatoly Bogdanov, 30 June 2005 – 27 October 2005
  • Alexander Bodunov, 27 October 2005 – 4 April 2006
  • Mike Krushelnyski, 4 April 2006 – 31 March 2007
  • Miskat Fakrutdinov, 18 June 2007 – 28 October 2007
  • Sergey Gomolyako, 29 October 2007 – 5 November 2008
  • Mike Krushelnyski, 6 November 2008 – 3 December 2009
  • Alexei Yarushkin, 6 December 2009 – 14 October 2010
  • Andrei Nazarov, 14 October 2010 – 18 May 2012
  • Yuri Leonov, 20 June 2012 – 11 January 2014
  • Oleg Orekhovskiy, 11 January 2014 – present

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history in the KHL. Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; bold = current Vityaz player [10]

Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Russia Maxim Afinogenov 268 80 84 164 325 -24 19 3 9
Russia Alexei Makeyev 321 73 77 150 66 -5 16 5 13
Czech Republic Roman Horak 224 59 56 115 106 -22 21 5 4
Russia Vadim Berdnikov 163 31 61 92 177 -22 7 3 3
Finland Miro Aaltonen 120 38 48 86 58 5 18 0 9
Sweden Mario Kempe 166 39 44 83 144 -28 13 2 7
Canada Chris Simon 113 37 43 80 503 -17 19 0 9
Russia Artemi Panarin 143 29 46 75 97 -15 10 0 2
Russia Alexander Nikulin 177 26 48 74 18 -17 8 0 2
Russia Anton Korolyov 185 32 39 71 120 1 4 0 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ 21/04/2013+7°C (2011-08-25). "Violent Vityaz rock Russian hockey | SPORTS". The Moscow News. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  2. ^ "KHL scorers who used to be NHLers". The Hockey News. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Russian investigators say Cherepanov was 'doping'". The Sports Network. 2008-12-29. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Заявление Континентальной хоккейной лиги по итогам расследования обстоятельств смерти хоккеиста Алексея Черепанова". KHL.ru. 2008-12-30. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  6. ^ "This is hockey?". KHL.ru. 9 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Both teams lose". KHL.ru. 10 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Vityaz team" (in Russian). hcvityaz.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  9. ^ "Vityaz team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  10. ^ "HC Vityaz All-Time leaders". quanthockey.com. 2019-01-16. Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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