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The 2010–11 KHL season was the third season of the Kontinental Hockey League. It was held from 8 September 2010 and ended on 16 April 2011.

2010–11 KHL season
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Duration8 September 2010 – 16 April 2011
Number of teams23
Regular season
Continental Cup winnerRussia Avangard Omsk
Season MVPRussia Alexander Radulov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Top scorerRussia Alexander Radulov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Playoffs
Western championsRussia Atlant Moscow Oblast
  Western runners-upRussia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Eastern championsRussia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  Eastern runners-upRussia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Gagarin Cup
ChampionsRussia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  Runners-upRussia Atlant Moscow Oblast
Finals MVPRussia Konstantin Barulin
Atlant Moscow Oblast
KHL seasons

The season started with the Opening Cup game between the last season's finalists, Ak Bars Kazan and UHC Dynamo, the new team that was created by merging last season's Western conference winner HC MVD with Dynamo Moscow.

Salavat Yulaev Ufa won the Gagarin Cup and the Russian Championship after beating Atlant Moscow Oblast 4–1 in the play-off final series.

Contents

League changesEdit

Team changesEdit

Folding of Lada Togliatti

Lada Togliatti dropped out of the league and joined the Russian Major League instead, after failing to meet the league's financial requirements.

Merger of HC MVD and Dynamo Moscow

On 30 April 2010, it was announced that HC MVD would merge with Dynamo Moscow to form UHC Dynamo, which for the time being will play the majority of their games at Megasport Arena in Moscow, while also attempting to play some games in Balashikha. The current plan is to have a new, large and modernized arena constructed in Balashikha by 2012.[1]

Expansion teams

By the deadline of 1 April 2010, six new teams from four different countries applied for KHL membership for this season: HC Yugra, Krylya Sovetov Moscow and Gazovik Tyumen from Russia; HC Budivelnyk from Kiev, Ukraine; HC Lev from Hradec Králové, Czech Republic; and Vėtra Vilnius from Lithuania.[2] Of these teams, Budivelnyk and Yugra were initially accepted into the KHL,[3] but on 24 June 2010 Budivelnyk announced it is unable to participate in the KHL in the 2010–11 season because their stadium is not ready.[4] On 16 July 2010, HC Lev, which in the meantime has been moved to Poprad in Slovakia, was accepted into the KHL,[5] but after the Slovak Hockey Federation's delay to give permit to the team, the KHL excluded Lev from the 2010–11 season.[6]

Other changesEdit

Play-off format

Unlike in the previous seasons, all play-off series were played in a best-of-seven format.[7]

Vuvuzelas ban

The KHL administration has explicitly banned the sale and use of vuvuzelas, infamous since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in ice hockey arenas.[8]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season started on 8 September 2010 with the Opening Cup and ended on 20 February 2011. There were short breaks in November, December and February for international matches and for the all-star game.[7] Each team played 54 games during the regular season.

Notable eventsEdit

Opening Cup

The first game of the season is traditionally the "Opening Cup" and is played between the two Gagarin Cup finalists from the previous season. Because previous season's runner-up HC MVD merged with Dynamo Moscow, the Opening Cup was played between defending champion Ak Bars Kazan and the newly formed UHC Dynamo. The game took place on 8 September 2010 at the TatNeft Arena in Kazan where UHC Dynamo beat Ak Bars Kazan 3-1.

KHL versus NHL exhibition games

The Carolina Hurricanes played SKA Saint Petersburg at the Ice Palace Saint Petersburg in Saint Petersburg, Russia on October 4 (SKA won 5–3), and the Phoenix Coyotes played Dinamo Riga at Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia on October 6 (Riga lost 1–3).[9]

Game in Switzerland

On 23 December 2010, before the Spengler Cup started, the two participants from the KHL, SKA Saint Petersburg and Spartak Moscow, played an official regular-season game in the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland. It was the first KHL game played in central Europe.

All-Star Game

The All-Star weekend took place on 5 and 6 February 2011 in Saint Petersburg.[7]

League standingsEdit

Source: KHL.ru[10]

Points were awarded as follows:

  • 3 Points for a win in regulation ("W")
  • 2 Points for a win in overtime ("OTW") or penalty shootout ("SOW")
  • 1 Point for a loss in a penalty shootout ("SOL") or overtime ("OTL")
  • 0 Points for a loss in regulation ("L")
     Division winner
     Qualified for playoffs

Conference standingsEdit

The conference standings determined the seedings for the play-offs. The first two places in each conference were reserved for the division winners.

Western Conference GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 54 33 1 1 4 1 14 203 143 108
  UHC Dynamo 54 28 1 1 4 4 16 149 131 96
  SKA Saint Petersburg 54 23 3 6 5 4 13 171 144 96
  Atlant Moscow Oblast 54 21 4 7 4 2 16 138 115 91
  Severstal Cherepovets 54 25 2 3 0 4 20 145 142 89
  Spartak Moscow 54 24 1 1 3 3 22 129 142 82
  Dinamo Riga 54 20 2 5 5 2 20 160 149 81
  Dinamo Minsk 54 17 3 5 5 2 22 150 155 74
  Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 54 18 5 3 1 2 25 144 151 73
  CSKA Moscow 54 13 0 7 4 2 28 136 169 59
  Vityaz Chekhov 54 13 1 3 3 2 32 119 178 52

Source: khl.ru[11]

Eastern Conference GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
  Avangard Omsk 54 31 9 2 2 1 9 176 120 118
  Ak Bars Kazan 54 29 2 3 5 3 12 181 133 105
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 29 5 4 4 0 12 210 144 109
  Metallurg Magnitogorsk 54 27 1 5 3 4 14 167 141 100
  Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 54 22 0 6 6 3 17 145 151 87
  HC Sibir Novosibirsk 54 22 2 4 1 4 21 133 131 83
  Barys Astana 54 20 2 2 6 3 21 155 152 77
  Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 54 22 1 2 1 2 26 159 162 75
  Traktor Chelyabinsk 54 14 6 2 5 1 26 142 166 64
  Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 54 10 6 4 2 1 31 134 184 53
  Amur Khabarovsk 54 13 1 1 3 4 32 112 173 50
  Metallurg Novokuznetsk 54 8 1 3 4 5 33 105 186 41

Source: khl.ru[12]

Divisional standingsEdit

Western Conference

Bobrov Division GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
  UHC Dynamo 54 28 1 1 4 4 16 149 131 96
  SKA Saint Petersburg 54 23 3 6 5 4 13 171 144 96
  Spartak Moscow 54 24 1 1 3 3 22 129 142 82
  Dinamo Riga 54 20 2 5 5 2 20 160 149 81
  CSKA Moscow 54 13 0 7 4 2 28 136 169 59
Tarasov Division GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
  Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 54 33 1 1 4 1 14 203 143 108
  Atlant Moscow Oblast 54 21 4 7 4 2 16 138 115 91
  Severstal Cherepovets 54 25 2 3 0 4 20 145 142 89
  Dinamo Minsk 54 17 3 5 5 2 22 150 155 74
  Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 54 18 5 3 1 2 25 144 151 73
  Vityaz Chekhov 54 13 1 3 3 2 32 119 178 52

Eastern Conference

Kharlamov Division GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
  Ak Bars Kazan 54 29 2 3 5 3 12 181 133 105
  Metallurg Magnitogorsk 54 27 1 5 3 4 14 167 141 100
  Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 54 22 0 6 6 3 17 145 151 87
  Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 54 22 1 2 1 2 26 159 162 75
  Traktor Chelyabinsk 54 14 6 2 5 1 26 142 166 64
  Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 54 10 6 4 2 1 31 134 184 53
Chernyshev Division GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
  Avangard Omsk 54 31 9 2 2 1 9 176 120 118
  Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 29 5 4 4 0 12 210 144 109
  Sibir Novosibirsk 54 22 2 4 1 4 21 133 131 83
  Barys Astana 54 20 2 2 6 3 21 155 152 77
  Amur Khabarovsk 54 13 1 1 3 4 32 112 173 50
  Metallurg Novokuznetsk 54 8 1 3 4 5 33 105 186 41

League leadersEdit

Source: khl.ru[13][14]

Goals   Roman Červenka (Omsk) 31
Assists   Alexander Radulov (Ufa)
60
Points   Alexander Radulov (Ufa)
80
Shots   Kevin Dallman (Astana) 225
Plus/minus   Alexei Morozov (Kazan)
+27
Penalty minutes   Darcy Verot (Chekhov) 182
Wins (Goaltenders)   Karri Rämö (Omsk) 33
Goals against average   Konstantin Barulin (Mytischi) 1.91
Save percentage   Vitali Yeremeyev (Astana) 92.7
Shutouts   Dominik Hašek (Moscow) 7

Goaltenders: minimum 15 games played

Scoring leadersEdit

Source: khl.ru[15]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
  Alexander Radulov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 20 60 80 +27 83
  Patrick Thoresen Salavat Yulaev Ufa 54 29 36 65 +21 30
  Roman Červenka Avangard Omsk 51 31 30 61 +15 56
  Sergei Mozyakin Atlant Moscow Oblast 54 27 34 61 +10 12
  Pavol Demitra Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 54 18 43 61 +12 29
  Aleksey Morozov Ak Bars Kazan 53 21 35 56 +27 24
  Josef Vašíček Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 54 24 31 55 +16 34
  Jaromír Jágr Avangard Omsk 49 19 32 51 +6 48
  Matt Ellison Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 53 21 29 50 –6 28
  Mattias Weinhandl SKA Saint Petersburg 54 21 28 49 +14 42

Leading goaltendersEdit

Source: khl.ru[16]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SOL = Shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L SOL GA SO SV% GAA
  Konstantin Barulin Atlant Moscow Oblast 28 1504:47 13 9 4 48 6 .925 1.91
  Karri Rämö Avangard Omsk 44 2592:49 33 6 4 85 5 .925 1.97
  Jakub Štěpánek SKA Saint Petersburg 32 1844:06 16 8 5 63 3 .923 2.05
  Vitali Koval Atlant Moscow Oblast 34 1766:55 12 10 9 61 2 .921 2.07
  Petri Vehanen Ak Bars Kazan 43 2538:01 25 12 6 89 2 .926 2.10

PlayoffsEdit

The playoffs started on 23 February 2011. The fifth and final game of the final series for the Gagarin Cup was played on 16 April 2011.[7]

  Conference Quarter-Finals
Conference Semi-Finals
Conference Finals
Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1   Avangard 4     2   Ak Bars 1  
8   Neftekhimik 3     3   Salavat Yulaev 4  


2   Ak Bars 4 Eastern Conference
7   Barys 0  
    3   Salavat Yulaev 4  
  4   Metallurg Mg 3  
3   Salavat Yulaev 4  
6   Sibir 0  
4   Metallurg Mg 4   1   Avangard 3
5   Yugra 2     4   Metallurg Mg 4  


  3   Salavat Yulaev 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  4   Atlant 1
1   Lokomotiv 4     1   Lokomotiv 4
8   Dinamo Mn 3     7   Dinamo Rg 1  
2   UHC Dynamo 2
7   Dinamo Rg 4  
  1   Lokomotiv 2
  4   Atlant 4  
3   SKA 4  
6   Spartak 0   Western Conference
4   Atlant 4   3   SKA 3
5   Severstal 2     4   Atlant 4  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Playoff leadersEdit

Source: khl.ru[17][18]

Goals   Gleb Klimenko (Magnitogorsk)
10
Assists   Josef Vašíček (Yaroslavl)
  Pavol Demitra (Yaroslavl)
  Patrick Thoresen (Ufa)
  Alexander Radulov (Ufa)
15
Points   Josef Vašíček (Yaroslavl) 22
Shots   Sergey Mozyakin (Mytishchi) 77
Plus/minus   Patrick Thoresen (Ufa)
  Ilya Gorokhov (Mytishchi)
+11
Penalty minutes   Fedor Fedorov (Mytishchi) 65
Wins (Goaltenders)   Erik Ersberg (Ufa)
15
Goals against average   Petri Vehanen (Kazan) 1.32
Save percentage   Petri Vehanen (Kazan) 95.7
Shutouts   Petri Vehanen (Kazan)
  Erik Ersberg (Ufa)
3

Goaltenders: minimum 5 games played

Scoring leadersEdit

Source: khl.ru[19]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
  Josef Vašíček Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 18 7 15 22 +6 16
  Sergei Mozyakin Atlant Moscow Oblast 23 8 13 21 –2 2
  Pavol Demitra Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 18 6 15 21 +10 4
  Patrick Thoresen Salavat Yulaev Ufa 21 3 15 18 +11 16
  Alexander Radulov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 21 3 15 18 +10 42

Leading goaltendersEdit

Source: khl.ru[20]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SOL = Shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
  Petri Vehanen Ak Bars Kazan 9 543:49 5 4 12 3 .957 1.32
  Erik Ersberg Salavat Yulaev Ufa 20 1118:23 15 3 36 3 .933 1.93
  Robert Esche Dinamo Minsk 4 215:38 2 2 7 0 .942 1.95
  Konstantin Barulin Atlant Moscow Oblast 22 1286:09 11 10 44 2 .928 2.05
  Jakub Štěpánek SKA Saint Petersburg 11 698:22 7 4 25 1 .920 2.15

Final standingsEdit

AwardsEdit

Players of the MonthEdit

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defense Forward Rookie
September[21]   Bernd Brückler (Torpedo)   Sandis Ozoliņš (Riga)   Denis Platonov (Magnitogorsk)   Yaroslav Khabarov (Magnitogorsk)
October[22]   Mikhail Biryukov (Khanty-Mansiysk)   Maxim Soloviev (Dynamo M)   Roman Červenka (Omsk)   Alexander Osipov (Khabarovsk)
November[23]   Karri Rämö (Omsk)   Johan Fransson (St. Petersburg)   Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant)   Dinar Khafizullin (Chekhov)
December[24]   Petri Vehanen (Kazan)   Alexander Guskov (Yaroslavl)   Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant)   Alexander Pankov (Ufa)
January[25]   Dominik Hašek (Spartak)   Kevin Dallman (Astana)   Pavol Demitra (Yaroslavl)   Grigory Zheldakov (Spartak)
February[26]   Petri Vehanen (Kazan)   Karel Rachůnek (Yaroslavl)   Alexander Radulov (Ufa)   Mikhail Stefanovich (Minsk)
March[27]   Erik Ersberg (Ufa)   Marat Kalimulin (Yaroslavl)   Gleb Klimenko (Magnitogorsk)   Pavel Zdunov (Magnitogorsk)

KHL AwardsEdit

On 20 May 2011, the KHL held their annual award ceremony. A total of 20 different awards were handed out to teams, players, officials and media.[28] The most important trophies are listed in the table below.

Golden Stick Award (regular season MVP)   Alexander Radulov (Ufa)
Best coach   Miloš Říha (Atlant)
Alexei Cherepanov Award (best rookie)   Pavel Zdunov (Magnitogorsk)

The league also awarded six "Golden Helmets" for the members of the all-star team:

Forwards   Alexander Radulov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  Igor Grigorenko
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  Sergei Mozyakin
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Defense   Sandis Ozoliņš
Dinamo Riga
  Kirill Koltsov
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Goalie   Erik Ersberg
Salavat Yulaev Ufa

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