The 2014–15 KHL season was the seventh season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 3 September with the Opening Cup between defending champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Dynamo Moscow, replacing Lev Praha, last year's runner up not participating this season.
|2014–15 KHL season|
|League||Kontinental Hockey League|
|Duration||3 September 2014 – 19 April 2015|
|Number of games||60|
|Number of teams||28|
|Continental Cup winner||CSKA Moscow|
|Top scorer||Alexander Radulov|
|Western champions||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|Western runners-up||CSKA Moscow|
|Eastern champions||Ak Bars Kazan|
|Eastern runners-up||Sibir Novosibirsk|
|Champions||SKA Saint Petersburg|
|Runners-up||Ak Bars Kazan|
Prior to the season, the KHL added three more teams: Jokerit from Helsinki, Lada Togliatti (an earlier member of the KHL that spent the last four seasons in the VHL) and HC Sochi, an expansion team from Sochi.
HC Donbass did not play in the league this season, due to Russian invasion of Ukraine which culminated in a devastating fire at their home arena. Donbass intended to rejoin KHL for the 2015–16 season, but ultimately joined the new Ukrainian Hockey Extra League. HC Lev Praha didn't participate in KHL this season either, because of financial problems. In addition, Spartak Moscow did not participate in the league this season, after missing the deadline for shoring up its finances.
Divisions and regular season formatEdit
New for this season, is that the teams primarily play games against teams in their own division, and secondarily against teams in their own conference, and finally against teams in the other conference. According to the new format (subject to final approval by the League management) each team will play a total of 60 games during the regular season as follows:
- 24 games against the other teams in their division (two at home and two on the road against each opponent),
- 14 games (one at home and one on the road against each opponent), against the teams in the other division in their conference,
- 14 more against teams from the other conference (comprising seven home games versus teams from one division and seven road games against teams from the other),
- 8 games where four will be against teams in their own conference (two at home, two on the road) and four against opposition from the other conference (again, two at home and two on the road). When determining the opponents and venues for these additional 8 games, the League consider practical things, including the geographical locations and the availability of the arenas.
How the teams are divided into divisions and conferences are shown in the table below.
|Western Conference||Eastern Conference|
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
- As of 24 Feb 2015
|Alexander Radulov||CSKA Moscow||46||24||47||71||+37||143|
|Jan Kovář||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||60||24||44||68||+15||50|
|Danis Zaripov||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||60||24||40||64||+13||40|
|Stéphane Da Costa||CSKA Moscow||46||30||32||62||+26||12|
|Artemy Panarin||SKA Saint Petersburg||54||26||36||62||+18||37|
|Charles Linglet||Dinamo Minsk||54||22||36||58||–2||59|
|Matt Ellison||Dinamo Minsk||58||24||33||57||–2||38|
|Nigel Dawes||Barys Astana||60||32||24||56||+18||48|
|Denis Parshin||Avangard Omsk||60||25||31||56||+18||40|
- As of 24 Feb 2015
|Kevin Lalande||CSKA Moscow||23||1297:10||16||3||2||30||6||.934||1.39|
|Alexander Lazushin||Dynamo Moscow||21||1156:59||13||3||1||28||5||.946||1.45|
|Anders Nilsson||Ak Bars Kazan||38||2247:52||20||9||8||64||5||.936||1.71|
|Emil Garipov||Ak Bars Kazan||23||1383:26||16||5||2||41||1||.933||1.78|
|Stanislav Galimov||CSKA Moscow||35||2055:31||23||5||5||61||6||.919||1.78|
Russian Ice Hockey ChampionshipEdit
At the end of the regular season of the KHL Championship the following teams became medalists of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship:
|SKA Saint Petersburg|
|Conference Quarter-Finals||Conference Semi-Finals||Conference Finals||Gagarin Cup Finals|
|1||Ak Bars||4||1||Ak Bars||4|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
|5||Dinamo Mn||1||3||Dynamo Msk||1|
- 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.
Players of the MonthEdit
Best KHL players of each month.
|September||Stanislav Galimov (CSKA Moscow)||Anton Belov (SKA St. Petersburg)||Sergei Shirokov (Avangard Omsk)||Vladislav Kamenev (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)|
|October||Ivan Kasutin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)||Maxim Chudinov (SKA St. Petersburg)||Artemy Panarin (SKA St. Petersburg)||Ivan Nalimov (Admiral Vladivostok)|
|November||Mikko Koskinen (Sibir Novosibirsk)||Georgi Misharin (CSKA Moscow)||Igor Grigorenko (CSKA Moscow)||Pavel Koledov (HC Sochi)|
|December||Michael Garnett (Traktor Chelyabinsk)||Nick Bailen (Dinamo Minsk)||Dmitri Kugryshev (Sibir Novosibirsk)||Damir Musin (Ak Bars Kazan)|
|January||Alexander Lazushin (Dynamo Moscow)||Alexei Semenov (Vityaz Podolsk)||Mikhail Varnakov (Ak Bars Kazan)||Vyacheslav Leshchenko (Atlant Moscow Oblast)|
|February||Anders Nilsson (Ak Bars Kazan)||Deron Quint (Traktor Chelyabinsk)||Charles Linglet (Dinamo Minsk)||Maxim Mamin (CSKA Moscow)|
|March||Anders Nilsson (Ak Bars Kazan)||Denis Denisov (CSKA Moscow)||Alexander Radulov (CSKA Moscow)||Kirill Semyonov (Avangard Omsk)|
|April||Mikko Koskinen (SKA St. Petersburg)||Maxim Chudinov (SKA St. Petersburg)||Evgenii Dadonov (SKA St. Petersburg)||Not awarded|
- On September 13, 2014, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward Sergei Mozyakin recorded his 400th KHL regular season career point. He became the first player in league history to reach this milestone.
- On September 24, 2014, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward Danis Zaripov recorded his 300th KHL regular season career point. He became the third player in league history to reach this milestone.
- On October 5, 2014, Ak Bars Kazan coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov coached his 800th career game in Russian championships.
- On October 6, 2014, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod forward Wojtek Wolski set a new league record for the fastest hat-trick in the game against Sibir Novosibirsk scoring in 1 minute 46 seconds.
- On February 18, 2015, Jokerit forward Steve Moses scored his 36th goal against Atlant Moscow Oblast and broke the league record for the most goals scored during one season.
- "КАЛЕНДАРЬ МАТЧЕЙ КХЛ СЕЗОНА 2014-15" (PDF). 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
- "Welcome, Jokerit and Sochi; welcome back, Lada". 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
- "Donbass to miss 2014-15 season". 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Smutné očekávání potvrzeno! Pražský Lev nepřežil klinickou smrt, v příští sezoně KHL bude chybět". 2014-07-01. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- "У министра конструктивная позиция по легионерам". 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
- "Regular Season Format Unveiled". 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- "Game resume, khl.ru". 3 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- KHL Sports Regulations. Seasons 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017(in Russian)
- "All Set for Quarter-Finals". khl.ru. 2015-02-25.
- "September's finest: Galimov, Belov, Shirokov & Kamenev". khl.ru. 2014-10-02.
- "October's finest: Kasutin, Chudinov, Panarin and Nalimov". khl.ru. 2014-11-05.
- "November's finest: Koskinen, Misharin, Grigorenko & Koledov". khl.ru. 2014-12-02.
- "December's finest: Garnett, Bailen, Kugryshev & Musin". khl.ru. 2015-01-01.
- "January's finest: Lazushin, Semenov, Varnakov & Leshchenko". khl.ru. 2015-02-03.
- "February's finest: Nilsson, Quint, Linglet & Mamin". khl.ru. 2015-03-02.
- "March's finest: Nilsson, Denisov, Radulov & Semyonov". khl.ru. 2015-04-01.
- "April's finest: Koskinen, Chudinov and Dadonov". khl.ru. 2015-04-22.