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The 2012–13 KHL season was the fifth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The regular season began on 4 September with the Lokomotiv Cup between last year's finalists Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk. For the first time, the league consisted of 26 teams from 7 different countries.[1] Dynamo Moscow successfully defended their title after beating Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Gagarin Cup finals.

2012–13 KHL season
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Duration4 September 2012
– 17 April 2013
Number of teams26
Total attendance4,126,720 (Regular season)
Regular season
Continental Cup winnerRussia SKA Saint Petersburg
Season MVPRussia Sergei Mozyakin
Top scorerRussia Sergei Mozyakin
Playoffs
Western championsRussia Dynamo Moscow
  Western runners-upRussia SKA Saint Petersburg
Eastern championsRussia Traktor Chelyabinsk
  Eastern runners-upRussia Ak Bars Kazan
Gagarin Cup
ChampionsRussia Dynamo Moscow
  Runners-upRussia Traktor Chelyabinsk
Finals MVPRussia Alexander Eremenko
Dynamo Mosocw
KHL seasons

ChangesEdit

Team changesEdit

After withdrawing from the previous season in the wake of the plane crash that killed the team's entire active roster, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl returned to the KHL with new players.

Lev Poprad was disbanded, but a team of the same name, Lev Prague, was established in Prague, Czech Republic, while Slovan Bratislava joined the KHL and thus continues the league's presence in Slovakia.[2] Also HC Donbass from Donetsk, Ukraine joined the league. The team previously played in the VHL.[3] This brought the total number of teams to 26, representing 7 different countries.

Salary capEdit

The salary cap changed from a soft cap to a hard cap, set at 1.1 billion rubles (approx. US$36.5 million), but each club can waive the cap for one player transferred directly from the NHL, if he is eligible to play for the Russian national team.[4]

Season structureEdit

The regular season consisted of 52 games for each team — twice (home and away) against each other team in the league and two extra games against a selected "rival" opponent (typically a geographically close team). This was a change from previous seasons, where all intra-division opponents were played more frequently. The top 8 teams from each conference qualified for the play-offs, which are played as best-of-seven series in each round.

Nadezhda Cup tournamentEdit

In January 2013, a new repechage tournament known as the Nadezhda Cup (Cup of Hope) was announced, which was held alongside the playoffs. Six teams from the Western Conference and four teams from the Eastern Conference who had not qualified for the playoffs competed in the tournament, whose prize includes the first overall pick in the next KHL Junior Draft. The new tournament was intended to extend the season, and help maintain interest in hockey for fans and players in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics.[5] The first Cup of Hope was won by Dinamo Riga.

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season started on 4 September 2012 with the Lokomotiv Cup between the finalists of the previous season, Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk and ended on 17 February 2013 after every team has played 52 matches.

Notable eventsEdit

NHL lockoutEdit

The league set up rules for the NHL lockout which lasted 16 September 2012 to early January 2013. According to the special regulations, each KHL team was allowed to add up to 3 NHL players to their roster, among them at most one foreign player.[6]

Proposed matches in New YorkEdit

Two regular season games between Dynamo Moscow and SKA Saint Petersburg were planned to take place in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in January 2013. However, the KHL reverted this decision in October 2012 and thus these matches will be played in Russia.[8]

All-star gameEdit

The 5th KHL all-star game was played on 13 January 2013 in Chelyabinsk, with Team East, captained by Aleksey Morozov, winning 18–11 over Team West, captained by Ilya Kovalchuk.

League standingsEdit

Source: KHL.ru[9]

Points are awarded as follows:

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

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

Western ConferenceEdit

R Div GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
1 c – SKA Saint Petersburg BOB 52 36 1 1 2 1 11 182 116 115
2 y – CSKA Moscow TAR 52 23 5 8 1 0 15 151 109 96
3 Dynamo Moscow BOB 52 27 3 6 1 1 14 150 115 101
4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl TAR 52 24 2 8 0 0 18 131 121 92
5 Severstal Cherepovets TAR 52 21 1 6 3 5 16 137 117 85
6 Slovan Bratislava BOB 52 17 3 8 5 0 19 124 127 78
7 Lev Prague BOB 52 23 0 1 2 3 23 132 133 76
8 Atlant Moscow Oblast TAR 52 19 1 3 4 4 21 137 141 73
9 HC Donbass BOB 52 17 2 5 6 1 21 134 142 72
10 Dinamo Minsk TAR 52 18 5 1 2 3 23 125 148 71
11 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod TAR 52 19 0 2 4 4 23 142 146 69
12 Vityaz Chekhov BOB 52 11 1 6 6 2 26 119 151 55
13 Spartak Moscow TAR 52 11 4 2 5 2 28 106 151 52
14 Dinamo Riga BOB 52 13 2 2 2 2 31 109 151 51

y – Won division; c – Won Continental Cup (best record in KHL);
BOB – Bobrov Division, TAR – Tarasov Division

Source: khl.ru[10]

Eastern ConferenceEdit

R Div GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
1 z – Ak Bars Kazan KHA 52 28 1 5 5 3 10 157 112 104
2 y – Avangard Omsk CHE 52 26 6 3 4 2 11 149 121 102
3 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHA 52 28 0 3 6 2 13 152 120 98
4 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHA 52 27 0 0 7 5 13 167 121 93
5 Salavat Yulaev Ufa CHE 52 24 2 3 6 0 17 148 140 88
6 Barys Astana CHE 52 23 3 2 2 4 18 175 161 85
7 Sibir Novosibirsk CHE 52 21 1 5 4 3 17 124 119 84
8 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHA 52 17 5 5 4 2 19 144 150 77
9 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk KHA 52 19 4 3 3 0 23 153 163 74
10 Metallurg Novokuznetsk CHE 52 15 3 1 3 2 28 132 177 58
11 Amur Khabarovsk CHE 52 11 1 4 1 0 35 115 167 44
12 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHA 52 7 0 1 7 5 32 104 180 35

y – Won division; z – Won conference (and division);
CHE – Chernyshev Division, KHA – Kharlamov Division

Source: khl.ru[10]

Player statisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Updated on 17 February 2013. Source: khl.ru[11]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 48 35 41 76 +21 6
Alexander Radulov CSKA Moscow 48 22 46 68 +12 86
Evgeni Malkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 37 23 42 65 +23 58
Patrick Thoresen SKA Saint Petersburg 52 21 30 51 +17 49
Jori Lehterä Sibir Novosibirsk 52 17 31 48 +18 48
Evgeny Kuznetsov Traktor Chelyabinsk 51 19 25 44 –1 42
Dmitri Kagarlitsky HC Donbass 51 14 30 44 –5 12
Mikhail Varnakov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 51 22 21 43 +9 62
Nikolay Zherdev Atlant Moscow Oblast 50 15 28 43 –7 29
Dmitri Makarov Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 52 13 30 43 –2 14

Leading goaltendersEdit

Updated on 17 February 2013. Source: khl.ru[12]

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

Player Team GP Min W L SOP GA SO SV% GAA
Rastislav Staňa CSKA Moscow 34 1944:58 18 6 2 57 4 .934 1.76
Lars Haugen Dinamo Minsk 22 1289:29 13 7 1 39 2 .933 1.81
Alexander Eremenko Dynamo Moscow 30 1783:44 17 7 6 55 5 .931 1.85
Stanislav Galimov Atlant Moscow Oblast 25 1389:58 14 6 3 45 4 .943 1.94
Sergei Bobrovsky SKA Saint Petersburg 24 1419:36 18 3 2 46 4 .932 1.94

PlayoffsEdit

The playoffs started on 20 February 2013 with the top eight teams from both conferences and ended on 17 April with the last game of the Gagarin Cup final.

During the first three rounds home ice was determined by seeding number within the Conference, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with better seeding number had home ice advantage. If the seeding numbers were equal, the regular season record was taken into account.[13]

  Conference Quarter-Finals
Conference Semi-Finals
Conference Finals
Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1   Ak Bars 4     1   Ak Bars 4  
8   Neftekhimik 0     5   Salavat Yulaev 3  


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


  3   Traktor 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  3   Dynamo Msk 4
1   SKA 4     1   SKA 4
8   Atlant 1     5   Severstal 0  
2   CSKA 4
7   Lev 0  
  1   SKA 2
  3   Dynamo Msk 4  
3   Dynamo Msk 4  
6   Slovan 0   Western Conference
4   Lokomotiv 2   2   CSKA 1
5   Severstal 4     3   Dynamo Msk 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.

Player statisticsEdit

Playoff scoring leadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Petri Kontiola Traktor Chelyabinsk 25 10 9 19 +10 12
Viktor Tikhonov SKA Saint Petersburg 15 10 8 18 +11 20
Jakub Petružálek Dynamo Moscow 19 9 7 16 +4 4
Tony Mårtensson SKA Saint Petersburg 15 6 10 16 +8 8
Denis Kokarev Dynamo Moscow 18 1 15 16 +11 0

Playoff leading goaltendersEdit

Updated on 17 April 2013. Source: khl.ru[14]

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 SOP GA SO SV% GAA
Alexander Eremenko Dynamo Moscow 21 1309:24 16 5 0 38 3 93.4 1.74
Rastislav Staňa CSKA Moscow 9 551:12 5 4 0 16 0 93.9 1.74
Konstantin Barulin Ak Bars Kazan 18 1233:41 11 7 0 36 2 94.1 1.75
Ilya Ezhov SKA Saint Petersburg 11 645:27 6 4 0 19 2 93.3 1.77
Jeff Glass Sibir Novosibirsk 7 406:47 3 4 0 12 2 94.1 1.77

Nadezhda CupEdit

Preliminary round

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
W14 Dinamo Riga 2
W9 HC Donbass 2
W14 Dinamo Riga 3
W10 Dinamo Minsk 0
W13 Spartak Moscow 0
W10 Dinamo Minsk 3
W14 Dinamo Riga 3
E11 Amur Khabarovsk 1
E12 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 2
E9 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 2
E12 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 2
E11 Amur Khabarovsk 2
E11 Amur Khabarovsk 3
E10 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 1

Final standingsEdit

AwardsEdit

Players of the MonthEdit

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defense Forward Rookie
September[15]   Konstantin Barulin (Ak Bars)   Yevgeny Medvedev (Ak Bars)   Jori Lehterä (Sibir)   Daniil Apalkov (Lokomotiv)
October[16]   Alexander Eremenko (Dynamo Moscow)   Anton Belov (Avangard)   Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA)   Nail Yakupov (Neftekhimik)
November[17]   Rastislav Staňa (CSKA)   Victor Hedman (Barys)   Artem Anisimov (Lokomotiv)   Viktor Antipin (Magnitogorsk)
December[18]   Karri Rämö (Avangard)   Sergei Gonchar (Magnitogorsk)   Evgeni Malkin (Magnitogorsk)   Alexander Sharychenkov (Dynamo Moscow)
January[19]   Vasiliy Koshechkin (Severstal)   Dmitri Kalinin (SKA)   Igor Skorokhodov (Yugra)   Valeri Nichushkin (Traktor)
February[20]   Vasiliy Koshechkin (Severstal)   Yakov Rylov (CSKA)   Mikhail Varnakov (SKA)   Valeri Nichushkin (Traktor)
March[21]   Michael Garnett (Traktor)   Dominik Graňák (Dynamo Moscow)   Viktor Tikhonov (SKA)   Valeri Nichushkin (Traktor)

KHL AwardsEdit

On 22 May 2013, the KHL held their annual award ceremony. A total of 23 different awards were handed out to teams, players, officials and media. The most important trophies are listed in the table below.[22]

Golden Stick Award (regular season MVP)   Sergei Mozyakin (Magintogorsk)
Best coach   Oļegs Znaroks (Dynamo Msc)
Alexei Cherepanov Award (best rookie)   Valeri Nichushkin (Traktor)

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

Forwards   Alexander Radulov
SKA Saint Petersburg
  Viktor Tikhonov
SKA Saint Petersburg
  Sergei Mozyakin
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Defense   Ilya Nikulin
Ak Bars Kazan
  Ilya Gorokhov
Dynamo Moscow
Goalie   Alexander Eremenko
Dynamo Moscow

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Lev from Slovakia to Prague". IIHF.com. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013.
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  10. ^ a b "2012–13 KHL Standings". KHL.ru. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012.
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  12. ^ "Player Stats: 2012–2013 Regular season: Goalie – Goals Against Average". Kontinental Hockey League.
  13. ^ KHL Sports Regulations 2011-2014, revised
  14. ^ "Player Stats: 2012–2013 Playoffs: Goalie – Goals Against Average". Kontinental Hockey League.
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  16. ^ "October's finest". KHL.ru. 6 November 2012.
  17. ^ "Novembers's finest". KHL.ru. 6 December 2012.
  18. ^ "Decembers's finest". KHL.ru. 1 January 2013.
  19. ^ "January's finest". KHL.ru. 1 February 2013.
  20. ^ "February's finest". KHL.ru. 4 March 2013.
  21. ^ "March's finest". KHL.ru. 4 March 2013.
  22. ^ "High Five. Season closing ceremony". KHL.ru. 22 May 2013.