Ak Bars Kazan

Hockey Club Ak Bars (Tatar: Ак Барс, English: Snow Leopard), also known as Ak Bars Kazan,[1] is a Russian professional ice hockey team based in Kazan. They are members of the Kharlamov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Ak Bars Kazan
Ak Bars Kazan Logo.svg
CityKazan, Russia
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionKharlamov
Founded1956
Home arenaTatNeft Arena
(capacity: 8,600)
Colours     
Owner(s)Tatneft
General managerMarat Valiullin
Head coachDmitri Kvartalnov
CaptainDanis Zaripov
Affiliate(s)Bars Kazan (VHL)
Irbis Kazan (MHL)
Websitewww.ak-bars.ru
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Franchise history
Ak Bars Kazan
1996–present
Itil Kazan
1990–1996
SC Uritskogo Kazan
1958–1990
Mashstroy Kazan
1956–1958
Current season

HistoryEdit

Founded as Mashstroy Kazan in 1956, the name was later changed to SC Uritskogo Kazan when it entered the Soviet Class B league in 1958. It was promoted to Soviet Class A2, where it gained promotion to the top tier of Soviet hockey. Kazan's performance was respectable, starting the season by winning 6 out of 19 games against the best of the Soviet teams before falling away in the second half of the season and was demoted.

From this point onward, SC Uritskogo Kazan established a reputation as a consistently strong team in the second-tier leagues of the USSR. Renowned as a high scoring team, Kazan averaged over four goals a game throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Twice they won the USSR League (lower tiers), being named Champion of Russia in 1962 and 1976.

SC Uritskogo Kazan's most successful period occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The team was led by Russia's Sergei Stolbun; scoring ace Gennady Maslov (current coach of Ak Bars-2 Kazan), who enjoyed a short stint with the Soviet Wings and set a club record of 140 points in 76 games in 1982–83; and Ravil Shavaleev, who was regarded as one of the finest defenseman to ever come out of Tatarstan. During this period, Kazan was consistently among the top teams in the league but failed year after year to gain promotion to the top flight of Soviet hockey.

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Uritskogo Kazan became Itil Kazan in 1990 and participated in the IHL. Itil was only mildly successful, narrowly avoiding relegation to the Vysshaya Liga in 1991 and 1992.

It was following the establishment of the Russian Superleague (RSL) in 1996 that the golden age of hockey in Tatarstan began. Renamed Ak Bars Kazan after the traditional symbol of the Tatars, the snow leopard. Benefiting from the resources boom in the Urals, Ak Bars began its history in fine form, finishing first in their respective divisions in 1997 and 1998 along with winning the RSL in 1998. During this period, Kazan lacked the high scoring of their predecessors but regardless continued to be a dominant team in Russian hockey, finishing runners-up in 2000 and 2002. During this period, Kazan developed players such as Denis Arkhipov and Danis Zaripov.

In the 2004–05 season, Kazan signed 11 National Hockey League players, including Russian superstars Alexei Kovalev and Ilya Kovalchuk and Canadians Vincent Lecavalier and Dany Heatley, in an attempt to celebrate Kazan's 1000th anniversary with a championship. They did not succeed, however, as a lack of continuity and chemistry saw them finish in fourth place and were upset in the first round of the playoffs by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

Since then, Ak Bars Kazan dominated the RSL, winning the league in 2006 on the back of a brilliant performance from Aleksey Morozov. In 2007, Kazan paced the league with 35 wins and 214 goals in 54 games before falling at the final hurdle to Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Ak Bars has been led in recent years by the dominant "ZZM" line of Sergei Zinovjev, Danis Zaripov, and Aleksey Morozov, who have established themselves as one of the most dominant lines in recent history. Combined with veterans such as Vitaly Proshkin and Vladimir Vorobiev, and imports, such as Ray Giroux, Petr Čajánek, and Jukka Hentunen, Kazan has remained one of the top teams in the league. However, they have been at times criticized for lacking consistency and relying too heavily on star players such as Morozov.[2]

Ak Bars Kazan are strong rivals with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and the neighboring team of Salavat Yulaev Ufa. However, Ak Bars was the strongest rival with Dynamo Moscow in the 1990s.

HonorsEdit

ChampionsEdit

  Russian Championship (5): 1997–98, 2005–06, 2008-09, 2009–10, 2017–18
  Gagarin Cup (3): 2008-09, 2009–10, 2017–18
  Opening Cup (2): 2009–10, 2020–21
  Russian Superleague (2): 1997–98, 2005–06
  IIHF European Champions Cup (1): 2007
  IIHF Continental Cup (1): 2007–08
  Soviet Class A2 (3): 1962, 1985, 1989 (West)
  Soviet Class B (1): 1976

Runners-upEdit

  Russian Championship (5): 1999-00, 2001-02, 2006-07, 2014-15, 2019-20
  Gagarin Cup (1): 2014-15
  Russian Superleague (3): 1999-00, 2001-02, 2006-07
  Russian Championship (1): 2016-17
  Gagarin Cup (1): 2016-17
  Russian Superleague (1): 2003-04
  IIHF Continental Cup (1): 1999-00

Season-by-season KHL recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses; Pts = Points; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; P = Playoff

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 36 10 6 122 189 123 1st, Chernyshev Alexei Morozov (71 points: 32 G, 39 A; 49 GP) Gagarin Cup Champions, 4–3 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2009–10 56 25 18 5 96 159 128 2nd, Kharlamov Alexei Morozov (49 points: 26 G, 23 A; 50 GP) Gagarin Cup Champions, 4–3 (HC MVD)
2010–11 54 29 12 8 105 181 133 1st, Kharlamov Alexei Morozov (56 points: 21 G, 35 A; 53 GP) Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
2011–12 54 27 19 5 92 167 136 3rd, Kharlamov Alexei Morozov (50 points: 21 G, 29 A; 53 GP) Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2–4 (Traktor Chelyabinsk)
2012–13 52 28 10 8 104 157 112 1st, Kharlamov Alexei Morozov (38 points: 15 G, 26 A; 51 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 (Traktor Chelyabinsk)
2013–14 54 26 14 6 100 139 108 2nd, Kharlamov Alexander Burmistrov (38 points: 10 G, 28 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Sibir Novosibirsk)
2014–15 60 34 14 6 120 169 115 1st, Kharlamov Justin Azevedo (50 points: 17 G, 33 A; 58 GP) Lost in Gagarin Cup Finals, 1–4 (SKA Saint Petersburg)
2015–16 60 31 20 9 96 143 127 2nd, Kharlamov Justin Azevedo (53 points: 17 G, 36 A; 59 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
2016–17 60 38 18 4 109 155 127 2nd, Kharlamov Justin Azevedo (34 points: 13 G, 21 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
2017–18 56 32 18 6 100 158 126 1st, Kharlamov Jiri Sekac (42 points: 16 G, 26 A; 50 GP) Gagarin Cup Champions, 4–1 (CSKA Moscow)
2018–19 62 38 18 6 82 165 139 3rd, Kharlamov Jiri Sekac (47 points: 23 G, 24 A; 60 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Avangard Omsk)
2019–20 62 44 13 5 93 178 121 1st, Kharlamov Justin Azevedo (37 points: 13 G, 24 A; 57 GP) Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–0 (Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk)
Playoffs cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 60 41 11 8 90 185 131 1st, Kharlamov Stéphane Da Costa (57 points: 27 G, 30 A; 52 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 (Avangard Omsk)

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 28 August 2021.[3][4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
77   Kirill Adamchuk D L 27 2021 Tyumen, Russia
31   Artur Akhtyamov G L 20 2020 Kazan, Russia
82   Timur Bilyalov G L 26 2019 Kazan, Russia
30   Igor Bobkov G L 30 2021 Surgut, Russian SFSR
69   Alexander Burmistrov C L 30 2020 Kazan, Russian SFSR
86   Nikita Dynyak LW R 24 2019 St. Petersburg, Russia
95   Artyom Galimov F L 22 2018 Samara, Russia
12   Mikhail Glukhov (A) LW/C L 33 2014 Orsk, Russian SFSR
9   Dmitri Kagarlitsky LW R 32 2021 Cherepovets, Russian SFSR
20   Steven Kampfer D R 33 2021 Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
18   Kristian Khenkel D L 26 2019 Minsk, Belarus
51   Nikolai Kovalenko RW L 22 2021 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
17   Pär Lindholm C L 30 2021 Kusmark, Sweden
65   Konstantin Luchevnikov D L 26 2020 Chelyabinsk, Russia
89   Artem Lukoyanov (C) LW L 32 2011 Almetyevsk, Russian SFSR
96   Nikita Lyamkin D L 25 2017 Barnaul, Russia
22   Kirill Panyukov LW R 24 2021 Astana, Kazakhstan
27   Kirill Petrov LW L 31 2019 Kazan , Russia
5   Roman Rukavishnikov D L 29 2019 Moscow, Russia
24   Ilya Safonov C L 20 2019 Murmansk, Russia
3   Lev Starikov D L 21 2021 Kazan, Russia
79   Daniil Tarasov RW L 30 2021 Moscow, Russian SFSR
61   Rinat Valiev D L 26 2021 Nizhnekamsk, Russia
10   Dmitri Voronkov (A) LW L 21 2018 Angarsk, Russia
19   Jordan Weal C R 29 2021 North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
98   Mark Yanchevsky D L 23 2021 Magnitogorsk, Russia
44   Dmitri Yudin D L 26 2018 Nizhny Tagil, Russia
25   Danis Zaripov RW L 40 2017 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
2   Danila Zhuravlyov D L 21 2019 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia


Franchise KHL scoring leadersEdit

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed KHL regular season.[5]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;   = current Ak Bars player

NHL alumniEdit

Head coachesEdit

Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.iihf.com/channels-club-events/iihf-club-continental-cup/statistics.html
  2. ^ IHF Forums http://forums.internationalhockey.net/showthread.php?t=7374 Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Team Roster «Ak Bars»". www.ak-bars.ru. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  4. ^ "Ak Bars Kazan team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  5. ^ "Ak Bars Kazan All-Time KHL Leaders". quanthockey.com. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-16.

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