Dinamo Riga (original)
Dinamo Riga (Latvian: Rīgas Dinamo) was a Soviet ice hockey club, based in Riga, Latvia. It was founded in 1946 and disestablished in 1995 as Pārdaugava Rīga. In 1949 to 1963 Dinamo Riga was joined with Daugava sports society which was sponsored by Riga's factories VEF and then RVR.
|Home arena||Rīgas Sporta pils|
|Colors||Red, white, blue|
History of Dinamo RigaEdit
Dinamo Riga was established in 1946, after the re-occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union. It was a part of Dynamo sports society sponsored by the Soviet Ministry of Interior and the national security structures including the KGB. The club was one of the 12 teams which participated in the first Soviet championship in the 1946–47 season. The team's first official game was a victory 5–1 against Dinamo Tallinn on December 1946. The first season was considered as a success, as the team finished the tournament in fourth place. The club's first roster mainly consisted from the players of the interwar Latvian national team.
At first the club had no permanent place, where the home games were held, but since the 1950–51 season, Dinamo started to play home games at Daugava Stadium, but the games still were played on a natural ice rink and the go ahead of the games depended on suitable weather, The situation did not change until the 1960–61 season, when the stadium was heavily reconstructed.
Dinamo Riga changed its name to Daugava Riga before the start of the 1949–50 season, and kept it for a decade, before the team changed its name again. In the mid-fifties, the core of the team - players, which started their careers before the Second World War, started to retire, and the team started to slip further down the table as the years went by.
The club again changed its name and since the 1958–59 season and now was known as RVR Riga, but the name did not last long as the club two years later was renamed once again to Daugava (RVR). The name changes did not help the team's cause and the club slipped to the third division. During the sixties, the club adopted a new player and staff recruiting policy, switching from local talent developing to gathering players from all corners of Soviet Union and even abroad. The club again changed owners and the name of Dinamo Riga was restored before the 1967–68 season, which ended as the worst season in the club's entire history.
In the 1987–88 season, Dinamo Riga had their best finish, losing to CSKA Moscow in the final.
In 1975, Viktor Khatulev of Dinamo Rīga became the first ice hockey player from the Soviet Union drafted by the National Hockey League. He never had a chance to play for the NHL, as Soviet players were not allowed to play for foreign teams. In season 1976–77, Dinamo Rīga star Helmuts Balderis was the leading scorer, had the most goals, and won the best player of the season award (MVP). He was also the goal leader in 1975–76 and the leading scorer in 1983. He scored 333 goals in his Soviet Union League career.
After the end of Soviet Union, the team continued to play until 1995 as a member of the International Hockey League, the successor of the Soviet Hockey League. During this period, the team was called Stars Rīga and later, Pārdaugava Rīga. It was the former team of the Aleksey Nikiforov, coach of many future NHLers.
Dinamo Riga has also participated in the Super Series in exhibition games against NHL teams in year 1989 and 1990. Dinamo Riga Super Series record:
|Super Series game log|
Legend: Win Loss Tie
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|1987–88||18||11||3||4||25||66||46||3rd||Lost in Final|
- The player statistics for the 1987–88 season are the total for both stages.
- Soviet league had no playoffs, except for the 1987–88 season.
IIHF Hall of FameEdit
- Viktor Tikhonov, Coach, 1968–1977 inducted 1998
List of Dynamo Riga players selected in the NHL Amateur DraftEdit
List of Dynamo Riga players selected in the NHL Entry DraftEdit
- 1988: Harijs Vītoliņš (188th overall)
- 1989: Artūrs Irbe (196th overall), Helmut Balderis (238th overall)
- 1991: Sandis Ozoliņš (30th overall)
- 1992: Sergejs Žoltoks (55th overall), Grigorijs Panteļejevs (136th overall), Viktors Ignatjevs (243th overall)
- 1993: Aleksandrs Kerčs (60th overall)
Stanley Cup winnersEdit
- Helmuts Balderis, RW, 1967–1977, 1980–1985 champion in 1976, 1977, 1983
- Artūrs Irbe, G, 1986–1991, champion in 1989, 1990
World Junior championsEdit
- Anatolijs Antipovs, C, 1978–1981, champion in 1979
- Sergejs Gapejenko, F, 1984–1987, champion in 1986
- Vladimirs Golovkovs, F, 1978–1985, champion in 1979, 1980
- Viktors Hatuļevs, D/LW, 1973–1981, champion in 1974, 1975
- Andrejs Maticins, D. 1981–1990, champion in 1983
- Sandis Ozoliņš, D, 1990–1992, champion in 1992
- Mihails Šostaks, C, 1975–1988, champion in 1976, 1977
- Edmunds Vasiļjevs, F, 1969–1982, champion in 1974
- Germans Volgins, F, 1981–1983, champion in 1983
- Sergejs Žoltoks, C, 1990–1992, champion in 1992
- Jānis Dobelis, 1946–1949
- Edgars Klāvs, 1949–1961
- Anatolijs Jegorovs, 1961–1962
- Georgijs Firsovs, 1962–1963
- Staņislavs Motls, 1967–1968
- Viktor Tikhonov, 1968–1977
- Ēvalds Grabovskis, 1977–1980
- Vladimir Yurzinov, 1980–1989
- Ēvalds Grabovskis, 1989–1991
- Jevgeņijs Banovs, 1992
- Juris Reps, 1992–1994
- Mihails Beskašnovs, 1994–1995
- Leonīds Beresņevs, 1995
Awards and trophiesEdit
- Ulmanis, Aivis (1998). Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. Latvijas Hokeja federācija. ISBN 9984-19-017-X.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 74.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 76.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 434.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 89.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 539.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 130.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 139.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 185.
- Ulmanis. Melnās ripas bruņinieki: Latvijas hokeja vēsture. p. 182.
- "Суперсерия - 1989 Игра №2 "Калгари Флеймз" - "Динамо" Рига - 2:2". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Суперсерия - 1989 Игра №3 "Эдмонтон Ойлерс" - "Динамо" Рига - 2:1". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Суперсерия - 1989 Игра №5 "Ванкувер Канукс" - "Динамо" Рига - 6:1". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Суперсерия - 1989 Игра №7 "Лос-Анджелес Кингз" - "Динамо" Рига - 3:5". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Суперсерия - 1989 Игра №10 "Чикаго Блэк Хоукс" - "Динамо" Рига - 4:1". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Суперсерия - 1989 Игра №11 "Сент-Луис Блюз" - "Динамо" Рига - 5:0". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Суперсерия - 1989 Игра №13 "Миннесота Норд Старз" - "Динамо" Рига - 1:2". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Суперсерия - 1989-1990 Игра №6 "Динамо" Рига - "Вашингтон Кэпиталз" - 1:2". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Суперсерия - 1990-1991 Игра №3 "Динамо" Рига - "Монреаль Канадиенс" - 2:4". hockeyarchives.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 7 September 2018.