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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
Amur Khabarovsk Logo.png
CityKhabarovsk, Russia
LeagueKontinental Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionChernyshev
Founded1966
Home arenaPlatinum Arena
(capacity: 7,100)
Colours              
Owner(s)Sukhoi
General managerAlexander Filippenko
Head coachAlexander Gulyavtsev
Affiliate(s)Sokol Krasnoyarsk (VHL)
Amurskie Tigry (MHL)
Websitewww.hcamur.ru
Current season

HistoryEdit

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. Still, the team is very popular among Khabarovsk citizens, and despite its usual poor results, the team keeps being highly successful at the gates.

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.

 
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.

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's 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. Despite a disappointing season, Khabarovsk still had the 4th highest average attendance in the league, with an average of 7,100 fans per game.

Season-by-season KHL recordEdit

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

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 25 July 2019.[3][4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
3   Nikita Alexandrov D R 20 2019 Kurgan, Russia
52   Evgeny Alikin G L 24 2015 Perm, Russia
21   Ilya Berestennikov C L 24 2018 Angarsk, Russia
77   Artur Boltanov LW L 23 2018 Magnitogorsk, Russia
93   Danil Faizullin RW R 25 2018 Kazan, Russia
87   Artur Gizdatullin C L 22 2018 Almetievsk, Russia
19   Denis Golubev C R 28 2017 Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR
61   Alexander Gorshkov RW R 28 2017 Surgut, Russian SFSR
60   Alexander Igoshev D L 22 2019 Magnitogorsk, Russia
47   Michal Jordan D L 29 2017 Zlin, Czechoslovakia
88   Nikita Kamalov D L 24 2016 Novokuznetsk, Russia
10   Maxim Kapiturov F L 23 2019 Chelyabinsk, Russia
91   Stanislav Katsuba C L 28 2014 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
30   Yevgeni Kiselyov G L 22 2017 Moscow, Russia
63   Maxim Kondratyev D L 36 2016 Togliatti, Russian SFSR
55   Gleb Koryagin D L 25 2018 Moscow, Russia
84   Alexander Kuznetsov C L 27 2018 Moscow, Russia
94   Marek Langhamer G L 25 2018 Moravska Trebova, Czech Republic
17   Anton Lazarev LW L 29 2018 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
12   Kirill Rasskazov C L 27 2017 Omsk, Russia
46   Igor Rudenkov LW L 24 2016 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
33   Dmitri Shulenin D R 23 2019 Moscow, Russia
7   Dmitri Shvidenko D L 27 2017 Lubny, Russia
34   Pavel Turbin D R 29 2017 Omsk, Russian SFSR
71   Vladislav Ushenin F R 27 2015 Magnitogorsk, Russia
79   Vyacheslav Ushenin (A) C R 27 2015 Magnitogorsk, Russia
6   Valeri Vasilyev D L 25 2019 Moscow, Russia
37   Igor Velichkin LW L 32 2017 Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR
43   Ondřej Vitásek D L 29 2019 Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
11   Nikita Yazkov LW R 23 2019 Novokuznetsk, Russia
13   Artyom Zhelezkov C L 23 2018 Nizhny Tagil, Russia
5   Yegor Zhuravlyov D L 29 2018 Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR
20   Hynek Zohorna RW R 29 2019 Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia
80   Tomáš Zohorna F L 31 2015 Chotebor, Czechoslovakia


Franchise records and leadersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

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 227 47 70 117 168 -17 10 2 8
  Dmitri Tarasov 249 47 63 110 140 -45 10 0 4
  Jakub Petruzalek 133 50 54 104 60 -2 18 4 11
  Vladislav Ushenin 217 51 46 97 86 -4 15 0 11
  Vyacheslav Ushenin 215 28 62 90 168 -14 8 0 4
  Alexei Kopeikin 183 32 50 82 68 -43 13 1 4
  Alexander Yunkov 186 38 38 76 104 -23 11 1 2
  Vyacheslav Litovchenko 316 33 41 74 85 -40 13 1 6
  Dmitri Lugin 207 31 39 70 77 -45 7 0 3
  Alexei Byvaltsev 148 28 35 63 80 6 7 1 6

Team Awards and HonorsEdit

WinnersEdit

  Motor Cup(České Budějovice) (1): 2019

Runners-upEdit

  KHL Cup of Hope (1): 2013

ReferencesEdit

  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 2019-07-25.
  4. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  5. ^ "Amur Khabarovsk All-Time leaders". quanthockey.com. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2016-05-06.

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