Hockey Club Amur (Russian: Хоккейный клуб Амур), commonly referred to as the Amur Khabarovsk,[1] is a Russian professional ice hockey team based in Khabarovsk. They are members of the Chernyshev Division of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Located in the Russian Far East, the team takes its name from the Amur River, and plays its home games at the Platinum Arena.

Amur Khabarovsk
Nickname"Tigry" (Tigers)
CityKhabarovsk, Russia
LeagueKHL
ConferenceEastern
DivisionChernyshev
Founded1966
Home arenaPlatinum Arena
(capacity: 7,100)
Colours     
Owner(s)Sukhoi
General managerRoman Kramar
Head coachAndrei Martemyanov
CaptainEvgeny Grachyov
AffiliatesSokol Krasnoyarsk (VHL)
Amurskie Tigry (MHL)
Websitehcamur.ru
Current season

History edit

Amur Khabarovsk was founded in 1966 as SKA Khabarovsk; it only adopted its current name in 1996, a name that comes from the nearby river Amur. By its location in the Russian Far East, the team is pretty isolated from every other team in the KHL, making rivalries difficult; the nearest KHL team is Admiral Vladivostok.[citation needed]

For a long time a lower division dweller, Khabarovsk won the championship of the Soviet League Division 3 in 1989, earning promotion to the upper level. The team played regular season games known as the "Red Army" against West Coast Hockey League teams for the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons.[2]

In 1996, Khabarovsk promoted to the Russian Superleague. A relegation to the Vysshaya Liga occurred in 2004 when the mining company that funds the club had financial difficulties. The Tigers could promote back to the top level in 2006. That same financial crisis forced the team's reserve squad, the Golden Amur Khabarovsk, to withdraw from the Asia League where it played for the 2004-05 season. The team could finish the season and take part in the playoffs, however; they finished third in regular season standings and failed to reach the playoffs finals.[citation needed]

 
HC Amur players in 2015–16 season.

In 2008, Khabarovsk was one of the 24 founding members of the Kontinental Hockey League. The team played the league's inaugural game on September 2 against Dinamo Riga at home in front of a sell-out crowd of 7,100 people. They lost, 4-2 to the Latvian team. Riga and the Tigers were playing back-to-back games in Khabarovsk, however, and on the second match, Amur won 7-6 in a tied game that went to shootouts. But the 2008-09 didn't prove to be very successful for the Tigers. The team was plagued with injuries - in October only, 11 players were side-lined, including imports Kyle Wanvig and Bryce Lampman. The Tigers needed to strengthen their squad, and therefore offered a contract to Carolina Hurricanes's Matt Murley, which resulted in a controversy sometimes compared to Alexander Radulov's, even though there are many differences. Murley's signing didn't prove beneficial for Amur though, as he only contributed 8 points to a fairly impotent offence that scored only 111 goals. Veterans Oleg Belkin and Peter Nylander were Amur's top goal scorers with 11 goals each; Belkin was top scorer with a meager 24 points in 50 games. Amur's defence was better, with regular defencemen Vasily Turkovsky and Viktor Kostyuchenok even managing to finish the season with a +3 and +2 record, respectively. But overall, the season was disappointing for the Tigers, with a 20th place, 15 wins and 60 points.[citation needed]

Things barely improved in 2009-10. Amur finished 21st, out of playoffs again, this time again with 60 points and only 12 wins in regular time (plus three in overtime and six in the shootouts). Former Montreal Canadiens' and Columbus Blue Jackets' David Ling did the best in offense with 32 points, while Alexei Kopeikin and Ruslan Khasanshin were the best goal scorers with respectively 16 and 14 goals. All in all, it is only 129 goals that the team scored, 18 better than the previous season, but still fourth worst in the league. Oleg Belkin had to miss the whole season, while Peter Nylander left the team after ten game to go back in Sweden, joining Timrå IK of the Elitserien. The defence was not as solid as the previous season, with Turkovsky retired and Kostyuchenok traded to HC Spartak Moscow after 14 games. The result was 187 goals against, 29 more than the previous season. Former NHL veteran and Stanley Cup winner Nolan Pratt ended up being the fourth defenceman on the team in icetime and finished the season with 11 points and a -14 +/- rating.[citation needed]

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 SOW SOL OTL L Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 15 2 2 6 1 30 60 111 158 6th, Kharlamov Div. Oleg Belkin (25 points: 11 G, 14 A; 50 GP) Did not qualify
2009–10 56 12 3 6 4 2 29 60 129 187 10th, East David Ling (32 points: 8 G, 24 A; 46 GP) Did not qualify
2010–11 54 13 1 1 3 4 32 50 112 173 11th, East Radik Zakiev (25 points: 12 G, 13 A; 54 GP) Did not qualify
2011–12 54 23 1 4 3 2 21 84 166 139 7th, East Jakub Petružálek (50 points: 22 G, 28 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (Avangard Omsk)
2012–13 52 11 1 4 1 0 35 44 115 167 13th, East Jakub Petružálek (33 points: 15 G, 18 A; 41 GP) Did not qualify
2013–14 54 8 1 4 10 1 30 45 106 182 14th, East Alexander Yunkov (29 points: 18 G, 11 A; 50 GP) Did not qualify
2014–15 60 11 0 3 4 2 40 45 117 207 14th, East Dmitri Tarasov (36 points: 13 G, 23 A; 59 GP) Did not qualify
2015–16 60 17 3 3 6 0 31 69 112 143 12th, East Vladislav Ushenin (25 points: 14 G, 11 A; 57 GP) Did not qualify
2016–17 60 20 1 4 4 2 29 76 110 130 12th, East Tomáš Zohorna (34 points: 13 G, 21 A; 59 GP) Did not qualify
2017–18 56 21 5 3 3 6 18 88 132 141 8th, East Alexei Byvaltsev (43 points: 19 G, 24 A; 56 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Ak Bars Kazan)
2018–19 62 17 2 1 5 4 33 49 126 175 13th, East Tomáš Zohorna (29 points: 14 G, 15 A; 62 GP) Did not qualify
2019–20 62 20 1 5 6 4 26 62 132 145 9th, East Vladislav Ushenin (34 points: 16 G, 18 A; 62 GP) Did not qualify
2020–21 60 17 6 1 5 2 29 55 146 171 10th, East Vladimir Butuzov (31 points: 15 G, 16 A; 60 GP) Did not qualify
2021–22 50 12 3 4 4 4 23 46 97 125 10th, East Alexander Gorshkov (25 points: 12 G, 13 A; 47 GP) Did not qualify
2022–23 68 21 4 5 4 5 29 69 141 168 10th, East Ivan Nikolishin (42 points: 17 G, 25 A; 67 GP) Did not qualify
2023–24 68 23 3 3 7 6 26 71 159 178 8th, East Yegor Korshkov (44 points: 15 G, 29 A; 67 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)

Players edit

Current roster edit

Updated 30 March 2024.[3][4]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41   Viktor Baldayev D L 28 2021 Elektrostal, Russia
22   Vladislav Barulin RW R 27 2021 Moscow, Russia
30   Igor Bobkov G L 33 2023 Surgut, Russian SFSR
20   Stanislav Bocharov LW L 32 2022 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
25   Alex Broadhurst C L 31 2023 Orland Park, Illinois, United States
28   Alexander Bryntsev D L 33 2023 Seversk, Russian SFSR
44   Jan Drozg LW R 25 2022 Maribor, Slovenia
87   Artur Gizdatullin C L 26 2018 Almetievsk, Russia
86   Evgeny Grachyov (C) C L 34 2023 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
23   Vyacheslav Gretsky RW L 27 2022 Grodno, Belarus
49   Yefim Gurkin D L 31 2023 Ufa, Russia
98   Janis Kalnins G L 32 2022 Limbazi, Latvia
17   Kirill Kapustin LW L 31 2023 Yaroslavl, Russia
93   Alexander Khokhlachev (A) C L 30 2023 Moscow, Russia
62   Pyotr Khokhryakov C L 34 2023 Nizhnekamsk, Russian SFSR
97   Ignat Korotkikh C L 21 2020 Vanino, Russia
96   Yegor Korshkov RW L 27 2023 Novosibirsk, Russia
33   Yevgeni Kulik D L 30 2022 Moscow, Russia
81   Sergei Lapin LW L 27 2021 Angarsk, Russia
91   Alexander Lazarev F L 20 2023 Angarsk, Russia
77   Cam Lee D L 27 2022 Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
1   Dmitri Lozbnikov G L 26 2022 Tyumen, Russia
47   Ivan Mischenko D L 28 2023 Omsk, Russia
15   Anatoli Nikontsev RW L 33 2023 Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR
7   Kirill Panyukov LW R 26 2023 Astana, Kazakhstan
36   Yakov Rylov (A) D L 39 2022 Kirovo-Chepetsk, Russian SFSR
50   Alexander Shchemerov D R 26 2023 Yekaterinburg, Russia
95   Dmitri Shevchenko C L 28 2023 Voskresensk, Russia
29   Kirill Slepets RW L 25 2021 Khabarovsk, Russia
6   Kirill Spitsenko D R 24 2023 Omsk, Russia

Franchise records and leaders edit

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 Amur player [5]

Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
  Tomas Zohorna 313 64 100 164 246 -10 13 2 11
  Vladislav Ushenin 308 69 64 133 112 -11 20 0 13
  Vyacheslav Ushenin 306 38 91 129 198 -19 9 0 6
  Alexander Gorshkov 255 52 60 112 73 -18 16 0 8
  Dmitri Tarasov 249 47 63 110 140 -45 10 0 4
  Jakub Petruzalek 133 50 54 104 60 -2 18 4 11
  Alexei Kopeikin 183 32 50 82 68 -43 13 1 4
  Dmitri Lugin 232 35 46 81 81 -48 8 0 3
  Michal Jordán 261 24 57 81 74 10 7 2 5
  Alexander Yunkov 186 38 38 76 104 -23 11 1 2

Former Players edit

Team awards and honors edit

Winners edit

  Motor Cup (České Budějovice) (1): 2019

Runners-up edit

  KHL Cup of Hope (1): 2013

References edit

  1. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk's profile". Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "Red Army hockey team [WCHL] statistics and history". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  3. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk Roster" (in Russian). www.hcamur.ru. Retrieved 2024-03-30.
  4. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2024-03-30.
  5. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk All-Time leaders". quanthockey.com. 2023-02-24. Retrieved 2023-02-24.

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