Dinamo Riga

Dinamo Riga (Latvian: Rīgas Dinamo) is a professional ice hockey team based in Riga, Latvia. It is a member of the Kontinental Hockey League. Dinamo Riga is one of the five KHL teams that are not located in the Russian Federation. The club has an affiliated club HK Rīga, which plays in the MHL.

Dinamo Riga
Dinamo Riga (2020).svg
CityRiga, Latvia
LeagueKHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionTarasov
Founded2008
Home arenaArēna Rīga
(capacity: 10,300)
General managerPēteris Skudra
Head coachJānis Pētersons
CaptainLauris Dārziņš
Affiliate(s)HK Rīga (MHL) Zemgale/LLU (LHL)
Websitewww.dinamoriga.lv
Uniforms used since the 2020-2021 KHL season.
Current season

The club was re-founded on 7 April 2008 as a successor of a former hockey team (also named "Dinamo Riga"), which was founded in 1946, but ceased to exist in 1995. Since being re-established, Dinamo Riga plays their home games at the Arēna Rīga, which can accommodate attendance of 10,300 spectators.

HistoryEdit

The club was re-founded on 7 April 2008 and among the founders of the club were Guntis Ulmanis, Kirovs Lipmans, Aigars Kalvītis, Juris Savickis, Viesturs Koziols and others. However, on 27 May, Latvian Ice Hockey Federation president Kirovs Lipmans stepped out of the project because of a possible clash of interests.[1] After the first season, Viesturs Koziols also left the project.[2]

Július Šupler became the first head coach of the club.[3] For the first two seasons, he was assisted by Miroslav Miklošovič and Artis Ābols, but in 2010, Viktors Ignatjevs replaced Miklošovič. On 27 April 2011, the new head coach, Pekka Rautakallio, was announced.

In the first season of the franchise, the team was led by players like Masaļskis, Prusek, Westcott, Ņiživijs, Hossa and others. After 2008-09, forward Aigars Cipruss decided to retire and instantly became the manager of Dinamo Riga's farm club, Dinamo-Juniors Riga. The team finished the regular season in tenth position, higher than anyone would have predicted before the start of the season. However, in the first round of the league playoffs, Dinamo lost to Dynamo Moscow 0–3, which later advanced to the Gagarin Cup semifinals.

Following the first season, Dinamo managed to sign legendary Sandis Ozoliņš, as well as Jānis Sprukts, Mārtiņš Karsums and others. The team finished the regular season in eighth place of the Western Conference, which qualified them for the playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, Dinamo faced SKA Saint Petersburg with players like Sergei Zubov, Petr Čajánek, Maxim Sushinsky and Alexei Yashin on the roster. Still, Dinamo managed to beat SKA 3–1 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals. In the semifinals, Dinamo was defeated by later Gagarin Cup finalist HC MVD, 1–4.

After his league-leading performance, Marcel Hossa signed a two-year contract with the then-current KHL champions Ak Bars Kazan. Martin Kariya signed a two-year contract with Swiss NLA's HC Ambrì-Piotta. New players signed during the off-season include Tomáš Surový, Brock Trotter, Mikael Tellqvist and the returning Mark Hartigan. Július Šupler resumed his post as the head coach.

The team finished the season in seventh place in the Western Conference and thirteenth in the league, as the team qualified to the playoffs. In the first round, their opponents were Dynamo Moscow. Dinamo won the series 4–2, advancing to the next round and facing Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Dinamo lost the series 1–4.

As of the end of the third season, head coach Július Šupler left the team to be the coach of CSKA Moscow. On April 27, 2011, Dinamo signed Pekka Rautakallio for the head coach position. Also, all the foreign players with no active contracts left the team to play somewhere else. Brock Trotter also left using his chance to play in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens.

CrestEdit

Season-by-season recordEdit

This is a partial list of the last ten seasons completed by Dinamo Riga. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Dinamo Riga seasons.

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

Season GP W L OTW OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2008–09 56 24 23 5 4 86 132 156 2nd, Kharlamov Lost in First Round, 0–3 (Dynamo Moscow)
2009–10 56 23 22 4 7 84 174 175 5th, Bobrov Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (MVD)
2010–11 54 20 20 7 7 81 160 149 4th, Bobrov Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2011–12 54 24 5 4 23 86 132 156 3rd, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)
2012–13 52 13 31 4 4 51 109 151 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2013–14 54 22 16 11 5 93 141 122 3rd, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Donbass Donetsk)
2014–15 60 22 30 3 5 77 136 160 5th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2015–16 60 17 34 8 8 75 129 151 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2016–17 60 11 34 10 5 58 116 158 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2017–18 56 9 31 7 9 50 105 153 6th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2018–19 62 18 26 8 10 62 129 155 5th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2019–20 62 11 38 6 7 41 103 187 6th, Bobrov Did not qualify

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 3 September 2020.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
91   Daniels Bērziņš C L 21 2017 Riga, Latvia
53   Pavel Chernov C R 30 2020 Novopolotsk, Belarus
10   Lauris Dārziņš (C) LW R 35 2013 Riga, Latvia
16   Mārtiņš Dzierkals RW L 23 2020 Riga, Latvia
4   Morgan Ellis (A) D R 28 2020 Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
40   Stanislav Galimov G L 32 2020 Chelyabinsk, Russia
70   Miks Indrašis (A) LW L 30 2020 Riga, Latvia
9   Janis Jaks D R 25 2020 Riga, Latvia
67   Konstantin Komarek C L 28 2020 Wien, Austria
17   Renārs Krastenbergs LW L 21 2020 Jelgava, Latvia
34   JC Lipon RW R 27 2020 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
18   Mathew Maione D L 30 2019 Toronto, Canada
87   Gints Meija RW L 33 2008 Riga, Latvia
59   Zack Mitchell RW R 27 2020 Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
47   Jordan Murray D L 27 2020 Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada
5   Andrew O'Brien D L 28 2020 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
77   Ernests Ošenieks D L 19 2019 Riga, Latvia
27   Denis Parshin LW L 34 2020 Rybinsk, Russia
73   Ilya Proskuryakov G L 33 2020 Surgut, Russia
19   Miķelis Rēdlihs RW L 36 2014 Riga, Latvia
24   Reece Scarlett D R 27 2020 Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
11   Kristaps Sotnieks D L 33 2018 Riga, Latvia
43   Ondrej Vitasek D L 30 2020 Prostejov, Czech Republic
97   Matt White RW L 31 2020 Whittier, California, USA
98   Patriks Zabusvos F L 19 2019 Riga, Latvia
7   Kristaps Zīle D L 22 2015 Riga, Latvia


Retired numbersEdit

Dinamo Riga retired numbers
No. Player Position Career
8 Sandis Ozoliņš D 2009–2014

Team captainsEdit

Head coachesEdit

Franchise records and leadersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts +/– PIM
  Lauris Dārziņš 506 124 175 299 -14 282
  Miķelis Rēdlihs 581 120 173 293 -41 386
  Miks Indrašis 319 88 98 186 +6 113
  Marcel Hossa 241 105 80 185 -12 252
  Aleksandrs Niživijs 290 45 108 153 -46 127
  Guntis Galviņš 416 31 112 143 –1 230
  Krišjānis Rēdlihs 449 37 99 136 -13 205
  Gints Meija 541 51 69 120 -53 210
  Mārtiņš Karsums 196 62 57 119 +3 183
  Jānis Sprukts 186 42 73 115 +12 130

Leading goaltendersEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
  Timur Bilyalov 38 2035:59 15 14 74 4 93.0% 2.18
  Jānis Kalniņš 72 3835:47 18 34 143 4 92.7% 2.24
  Mikael Tellqvist 103 5880:56 44 42 232 5 91.8% 2.37
  Jakub Sedláček 126 7082:09 41 58 286 10 91.8% 2.42
  Joacim Eriksson 34 1934:53 9 17 78 2 91.9% 2.42
  Chris Holt 90 5246:44 37 34 214 6 91.7% 2.45
  Mantas Armalis 12 576:37 3 5 24 0 91.1% 2.50
  Alexander Salak 32 1835:38 8 19 77 2 91.2% 2.52
  Kristers Gudļevskis 42 2255:16 13 24 98 3 90.1% 2.61
  Martin Prusek 55 3017:36 18 26 132 6 91.6% 2.62

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lipmans izstājies no a/s "Rīgas Dinamo"". esports.lv. (in Latvian)
  2. ^ "Koziols: "Par paveikto nekaunos"". esports.lv. (in Latvian)
  3. ^ "Šuplers apstiprināts". (in Latvian)
  4. ^ "Sastāvs un komandas vadība". www.dinamoriga.lv (in Latvian). Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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