HC Dinamo Minsk

Hockey Club Dinamo Minsk (Russian: Дина́мо-Минск; Belarusian: Дынама-Мінск, Dynama-Minsk) is an ice hockey team based in Minsk, Belarus. They are members of the Bobrov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Dinamo Minsk
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CityMinsk, Belarus
LeagueKHL
2008–present
Belarusian Extraleague
(2003–2008)
ConferenceWestern
DivisionBobrov
Founded1948
Home arenaMinsk-Arena
(capacity: 15,086)
Colours              
Owner(s)BFSO Dinamo
General managerDmitry Baskov
Head coachCraig Woodcroft
Affiliate(s)Dinamo-Molodechno (BXL)
WebsiteHC Dinamo-Minsk
Franchise history
1948–HC Dinamo-Minsk
Current season

Dinamo has qualified for the KHL playoffs (Gagarin Cup) four times: in the 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15 and 2016–17 KHL seasons. The team has not won a single round in the Gagarin Cup playoffs, losing in all four series.

HistoryEdit

The club's history begins in 1966, when the original Dinamo played 5 seasons in the Soviet Top Ice Hockey League, with its highest finish being 10th place in the 1989/90 season. It was a part of Dynamo sports society sponsored by the Soviet Ministry of Interior and the national security structures including the KGB. Dinamo was renamed as Tivali Minsk in 1993 and four times became a champion of the Belarusian Championship in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2000. Tivali was disbanded in 2000. Dinamo was founded in 2003, taking the name of the historic club, and won the championship title once and the Belarus Cup twice.

On 26 March 26, 2008, the KHL confirmed the Belarusian club's inclusion in the Bobrov Division. Dinamo-Minsk started to play on the ice of Minsk Palace of Sports and was relocated to the newly built Minsk-Arena in December 2009. The first head coach of the club was Paul Gardner, however he was dismissed prior to the beginning of the season. The next head coach became Jim Hughes, a protégé of previous Belarus national team head coach Curt Fraser. But after the first twelve games, the team was ranked next to the last place and Jim Hughes was dismissed. The new vacancy was taken by Russian specialist Vasili Spiridonov whose efforts were not enough to raise Dinamo-Minsk from the bottom of the tournament table. The club ended the season ranked 22nd out of 24 teams.

The next season team began under command of Glen Hanlon, who brought the Belarus national team to the sixth place at WC2006 in Riga. The team roster was filled with world-famous players Ville Peltonen and Ossi Väänänen, and also one of the best Belarusian goaltenders Andrei Mezin. The season of 2009/2010 was similar to the previous one. The team did not show good result and Glen Hanlon was substituted by the head coach of HK Homiel. Dinamo-Minsk finished at the 17th spot in the KHL while missing the playoffs, but still managed to win Spengler Cup under the guidance of Alexander Andrievsky.

Season 2010/11 was Dinamo-Minsk's best season in the KHL. Marek Sýkora, who is widely thought of as one of the best coaches in the KHL, was appointed head coach. He brought Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the final games in 2005 and a rookie of the KHL Avtomobilist to the KHL playoffs in 2010. Dinamo-Minsk under his command managed not only to get into the playoffs but was byt one step removed from the Western Conference semi-finals when Lokomotiv prevailed in the decisive game seven of the series. In addition, Dinamo-Minsk was named the most attended club in the KHL in the 2010-2011 season.

The 2011/12 season of Dinamo-Minsk was to have begun on 8 September 2011, versus Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. However, on 7 September 2011, the plane carrying the Lokomotiv team to the game in Minsk had crashed during takeoff, killing all but one of Lokomotiv's roster. Four days later, a memorial ceremony took place at the Minsk-Arena, with Minsk players paying tribute to the victims.

In the 2016/17 season, the assistant coach of the Belarus national team Craig Woodcroft, became the head coach of Dinamo-Minsk. From the very beginning to the end of the regular season, the "Bisons" were in the playoff zone and breaking a number of club records. They first collected 105 points in a regular season and took eighth place in the general standings of the KHL. They regained the status of the most popular team of the Kontinental Hockey League, averaging 13,230 spectators at home matches. In total, more than 400,000 fans visited Minsk Arena during the season. But in the playoffs, Dinamo did not succeed. Again, as six years ago, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl became the rival at the first stage. The series ended in five games - 1-4. Also during the season, in December 2016, Dinamo for the second time took part in the Spengler Cup.

Woodcroft had a three-year contract, bu elected to leave the team in spring to head the Swiss club Geneva-Servette. Gordie Dwyer was appointed head coach for the 2017/18 season. The roster had to be formed taking into account the financial difficulties that arose at the end of the previous season, so the team was weakened. Leaders like Ben Scrivens, Kevin Lalande, Raman Hrabarenka, Matt Ellison, Rob Klinkhammer, Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei Stas and Nikita Komarov left. Instead of these players came mainly young Belarusians and four hockey players who had not previously played in the KHL - Jhonas Enroth, Quinton Howden, Justin Fontaine and Jack Skille. Some of them showed great performance: Enroth joined the Sweden national team to participate in the Olympics in Pyeongchang and became the best player of the season in the opinion of the fans, and Howden took the second place in the list of the team's top scorers. But in general, the season for Dinamo was unsuccessful: the team finished in the 10th place in the conference and did not qualify for the playoffs.

ArenasEdit

Dinamo-Minsk called Minsk Sports Palace as their home until they moved to the new Minsk-Arena in 2010.

Season-by-season KHL recordEdit

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

Season GP W OTW L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 12 3 34 7 49 124 197 6th, Bobrov Yaroslav Chupris (25 points: 9 G, 16 A; 52 GP) Did not qualify
2009–10 56 17 6 31 2 65 139 164 6th, Bobrov Geoff Platt (44 points: 26 G, 18 A; 56 GP) Did not qualify
2010–11 54 17 8 22 7 74 150 155 4th, Tarasov Konstantin Glazachev (35 points: 12 G, 23 A; 52 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2011–12 54 21 7 20 6 83 158 148 4th, Tarasov Teemu Laine (42 points: 20 G, 22 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2012–13 52 18 6 23 5 71 125 148 5th, Tarasov Tim Stapleton (40 points: 24 G, 16 A; 52 GP) Did not qualify
2013–14 54 13 4 31 6 53 102 161 7th, Bobrov Geoff Platt (29 points: 15 G, 14 A; 40 GP) Did not qualify
2014–15 60 27 7 21 5 100 171 159 3rd, Bobrov Charles Linglet (58 points: 22 G, 36 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Jokerit)
2015–16 60 20 7 24 9 83 147 168 4th, Bobrov Matt Ellison (55 points: 26 G, 29 A; 54 GP) Did not qualify
2016–17 60 27 10 19 4 105 171 150 2nd, Bobrov Matt Ellison (49 points: 16 G, 33 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2017–18 56 20 5 28 3 73 112 129 4th, Bobrov Marc-Andre Gragnani (35 points: 6 G, 29 A; 55 GP) Did not qualify
2018–19 62 15 2 37 8 42 119 180 5th, Tarasov Teemu Pulkkinen (29 points: 15 G, 14 A; 50 GP) Did not qualify
2019–20 62 11 3 37 11 39 135 232 6th, Tarasov Ryan Spooner (37 points: 10 G, 27 A; 43 GP) Did not qualify

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 25 July 2020.[1][2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
12   Vladimir Alistrov LW L 19 2020 Mogilev, Belarus
28   Adam Almqvist D L 29 2020 Jönköping, Sweden
86   Artyom Anosov C L 20 2019 Minsk , Belarus
15   Artem Demkov C R 30 2019 Minsk, Belarusian SSR
44   Pavel Denisov D L 19 2019 Gomel, Belarus
5   Dmitri Deryabin D L 20 2019 Minsk, Belarus
10   Ivan Drozdov RW L 20 2018 Vitebsk, Belarus
38   Dominik Furch G L 30 2020 Praha, Czechoslovakia
99   Vyacheslav Gretsky C L 23 2019 Grodno , Belarus
90   Ilya Kazyanin RW R 20 2019 Mogilev , Belarus
12   Rob Klinkhammer LW L 34 2020 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
47   Alexander Kogalev RW R 26 2017 Minsk, Belarus
35   Alexei Kolosov G L 18 2020 Minsk, Belarus
18   Vladislav Kolyachonok D L 19 2020 Minsk, Belarus
9   Ivan Lodnia RW R 20 2020 Novi, Michigan, United States
14   Igor Martynov RW L 21 2019 Krasnoye , Belarus
20   Alexander Osipkov G L 23 2019 Vitebsk, Belarus
19   Francis Paré C R 33 2019 LeMoyne, Quebec, Canada
95   Andrei Pavlenko RW L 20 2019 Minsk , Belarus
71   Alexander Pavlovich RW L 31 2011 Grodno , Belarusian SSR
92   Shane Prince LW L 27 2019 Rochester, New York, United States
17   Yegor Sharangovich C L 22 2020 Minsk, Belarus
8   Ilya Shinkevich D L 30 2020 Minsk, Belarusian SSR
2   Ilya Solovyov D L 20 2020 Mogilev, Belarus
51   Ryan Spooner C L 28 2019 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24   Maksim Sushko RW L 21 2020 Brest, Belarus
30   Danny Taylor G L 34 2019 Plymouth, England, Great Britain
31   Nikita Tolopilo G L 20 2019 Minsk , Belarus
94   Vladislav Yeryomenko D R 21 2019 Mishutki , Belarus
73   Dmitri Znakharenko D R 27 2015 Gomel , Belarus


Franchise records and scoring leadersEdit

KHL scoring leadersEdit

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history while being a KHL club. Figures are updated after each completed KHL regular season.[3]

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

Franchise recordsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

PlayoffsEdit

  • Most goals in a playoff season: Geoff Platt, 4 (2010–11)
  • Most assists in a playoff season: Peter Podhradský, 6 (2010–11)
  • Most points in a playoff season: Peter Podhradský, 8 (2010–11)
  • Most penalty minutes in a playoff season: Jordan Henry, 33 (2010–11)
  • Most points in a playoff season, defenseman: Peter Podhradský, 8 (2010–11)
  • Most points in a game, playoff: 3, shared by 5 players

Hat-tricksEdit

  1. Dmitry Meleshko, 11-21-2010 at Metallurg Magnitogorsk - needed 43.26 to complete the feat[5]
  2. Zbyněk Irgl, 11-22-2011 at Barys Astana - needed 31.48 to complete the feat[6]
  3. Jonathan Cheechoo, 09-04-2014 at Jokerit - needed 42.54 to complete the feat[7]
  4. Jonathan Cheechoo, 10-24-2014 at Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk - needed 26.09 to complete the feat[8]
  5. Matt Ellison, 10-03-2015 at Avangard Omsk - needed 17.05 to complete the feat[9]
  6. Matt Ellison, 10-05-2015 at Barys Astana - needed 21.45 to complete the feat[10]
  7. Rob Klinkhammer, 10-23-2016 at Sochi - needed 39.52 to complete the feat[11]
  8. Quinton Howden, 10-02-2017 at Dinamo Moscow - needed 43.45 to complete the feat[12]

HonorsEdit

ChampionsEdit

  Belarus

  BSSR

  Europe

  Belarus

Runners-upEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dinamo Minsk Team Roster" (in Russian). www.dinamo.by. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  2. ^ "Dinamo Minsk team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  3. ^ "Dinamo Minsk All-Time KHL leaders". QuantHockey.com. 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  4. ^ "Jokerit Helsinki - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site.
  5. ^ "Metallurg Magnitogorsk - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site. Archived from the original on 2010-11-25.
  6. ^ "Barys Astana - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site. Archived from the original on 2011-11-28.
  7. ^ "Jokerit Helsinki - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site.
  8. ^ "Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site.
  9. ^ "Протокол игры: Динамо Мн - Авангард : Континентальная Хоккейная Лига (КХЛ)". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  10. ^ "Протокол игры: Динамо Мн - Барыс : Континентальная Хоккейная Лига (КХЛ)". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  11. ^ "Протокол игры: Динамо Мн - ХК Сочи : Континентальная Хоккейная Лига (КХЛ)". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  12. ^ "Game summary: Dinamo Mn - HC Dynamo M : Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)". en.khl.ru. Retrieved 2018-03-16.

External linksEdit