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Hockey Club Vityaz (ХК Витязь, English: HC Knight) is a professional ice hockey team based in Podolsk, Moscow Oblast, Russia. They are members of the Tarasov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League. The team is widely known for playing a tough and physical North American-influenced style of hockey.[1][2]

Vityaz Podolsk
Vityaz Chekhov Logo.svg
NicknameKnights
CityPodolsk, Moscow Oblast
LeagueKHL 2008–present
ConferenceWestern
DivisionTarasov
Founded1996
Home arenaPodolsk Hero Arena
(capacity: 5,500)
Colours         
PresidentMikhail Golovkov
General managerIgor Varitskiy
Head coachValery Belov
CaptainDenis Kokarev
Affiliate(s)HC Dinamo Saint Petersburg (VHL)
Russkie Vityazi (MHL)
WebsiteHCVityaz.ru
Franchise history
Hockey Club Vityaz Podolsk
1996–2004, 2013–present
Hockey Club Vityaz Chekhov
2004–2013

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HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1996 in Podolsk. In 2000, the team moved to the neighboring city of Chekhov; however, the team kept playing under the name Vityaz Podolsk until 2004, where the renaming was finally done. The team initially played its home games at the Ice Palace Vityaz in Podolsk, the same arena HC MVD used until 2006. Such a thing was allowed by virtue of the opening in 2004 of a new arena in Chekhov, the Ice Hockey Center 2004, that Vityaz began using. Initially, this arena had a capacity of 1,370; it was expanded in 2007–08 to 3,300. Vityaz played at the top level of Russian hockey for the 2000–01 season; it got relegated to Vysshaya Liga at the end of the season. In 2005, Vityaz made to the Vysshaya Liga final losing the championship to HC MVD 4 games to 1 but earned a promotion back to the elite level.

Rumors of a move back to Podolsk arose in the wake of the inaugural KHL season as even with the expansion of 2007–08, due to Chekhov's capacity being below the KHL league standards. The team restarted playing their home games in Podolsk, but remained attached to Chekhov. For the 2013–14 KHL season, the team moved back to Podolsk.[3]

Kontinental Hockey LeagueEdit

Chekhov's debuts in the KHL were pretty bad. Vityaz registered a mere 6 wins in regulation, plus 5 in overtime; in counterpart for those 11 wins, the team lost 45 times (of which, 12 games were in overtime). The meager 40 points collected meant that the team finished at a dismal 23rd place out of 24, a single point ahead of the equally bad Khimik Voskresensk. Head coach Sergei Gomolyako made the mistake in October to dress one more foreign player than allowed by the rules, resulting in a match lost by forfeit. Gomolyako claimed he ignored there was such a rule, and the following week, he was fired, to be replaced by former NHL player and Vityaz head coach Mike Krushelnyski. Vityaz' fans enjoyed the return of Krushelnyski, who was had brought the team to the playoffs in 2006–07. But Chekhov's goon-full roster, which general manager Alexei Zhamnov wishes to shape after the 1990s Chicago Blackhawks for whom he played, just couldn't bring good enough performances to repeat the feat. They however led the league in penalty minutes, some 500 minutes ahead of the second most penalized club, with players such as Nathan Perrott (137 minutes in 9 matches and not a single point), Darcy Verot (more disciplined and productive than in his first season with Vityaz, even though it still only meant 5 points and 168 minutes) and Chris Simon (league leader at 263 minutes, and club's second best scorer behind Gleb Klimenko at 27 points). The team traded away three of its six top scorers (Klimenko, Pavel Boychenko and Igor Radulov) and without the arrival of Bryan Berard (who scored 18 points in 25 games and vastly improved Chekhov's powerplay), the team might have done even worse.

Death of Alexei CherepanovEdit

But Chekhov's season was particularly darkened by the death of Alexei Cherepanov in October 2008, a death that occurred on its home ice and that might have been avoided had Chekhov's arena been equipped with a working defibrillator and had not the ambulance that should remain available until the end of the match not departed well before the end, resulting in much longer delays between the accident and the moment where Cherepanov arrived at the nearest hospital.[4][5]

Mass brawl in ChekhovEdit

2009–10 felt like déja-vu for Chekhov. After almost being thrown out of the league due to its finances in August (it needed to find 300 million of rubles, which it did), the Knights started the season with two wins and temporarily led the league. Things didn't last however as the team finished 23rd out of 24 teams with only 13 regular-season wins (plus 3 in overtime and 2 in the shootouts—an improvement from the previous year), 54 points and, once again, a colossal amount of penalty minutes: 1522, ahead and by far every other team in the league. Vadim Berdnikov, Gleb Klimenko (who came back from Kazan) and Chris Simon led the offence with respectively 33, 27 and 25 points. Darcy Verot, on the other hand, led the team in penalty minutes with 376 in 34 matches.

Once again, an incident between Vityaz and Avangard marked the season. On January 9, 2010, the game between Vityaz and Avangard was stopped after 3 minutes and 39 seconds when a bench-clearing and penalty-box-clearing brawl broke out. Darcy Verot had instigated the brawl after three minutes of play when he shot the puck at an Avangard player. A mass brawl quickly followed, which the referees could deal with. However, as soon as the game was resumed, fighting resumed as well and both benches cleared to join the fight.[6] The game was quickly getting out of hand and the officials decided it was better to cancel the whole game. Little else could be done, as a whopping total of 707 penalty minutes had been incurred – a new world record – and a total of 33 players on both teams have been ejected from the game, as well as both head coaches. Only four players avoided being ejected. The KHL imposed a total of 5.7 million rubles (about US $191,000) fines, including 150,000 rubles fines to Vityaz's Darcy Verot and Brandon Sugden and Avangard's Alexander Svitov and Dmitry Vlasenkov.[7] Additionally, Verot, Sugden, Vlasenkov and four other Vityaz players received one-game suspensions. Additionally, this game became the first in the league history where both teams lost the game, as the league declared it would be a 5–0 loss for both Avangard and Vityaz. No team earned points for this match. It was the first time Avangard visited Chekhov since Cherepanov's death.

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 L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 7 5 32 12 43 137 226 6th, Chernyshev Gleb Klimenko (30 points: 19 G, 11 A; 39 GP) Did not qualify
2009–10 56 13 5 33 5 54 142 216 6th, Tarasov Vadim Berdnikov (33 points: 9 G, 24 A; 47 GP) Did not qualify
2010–11 54 13 4 32 5 52 119 178 6th, Tarasov Vadim Berdnikov (29 points: 12 G, 17 A; 53 GP) Did not qualify
2011–12 54 10 6 36 2 44 108 193 6th, Tarasov Mikhail Anisin (29 points: 16 G, 13 A; 38 GP) Did not qualify
2012–13 52 11 7 26 8 55 119 151 6th, Bobrov Alexander Korolyuk (29 points: 15 G, 14 A; 41 GP) Did not qualify
2013–14 54 12 6 26 10 58 110 147 7th, Tarasov Maxim Afinogenov (26 points: 12 G, 14 A; 53 GP) Did not qualify
2014–15 60 20 6 28 6 78 152 186 7th, Tarasov Mario Kempe (30 points: 13 G, 19 A; 54 GP) Did not qualify
2015–16 60 17 6 32 3 70 129 166 6th, Tarasov Maxim Afinogenov (28 points: 15 G, 13 A; 56 GP) Did not qualify
2016–17 60 26 7 22 5 97 162 158 5th, Tarasov Alexei Kopeikin (51 points: 21 G, 30 A; 60 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (SKA Saint Petersburg)
2017–18 56 17 4 27 8 67 131 160 7th, Tarasov Alexei Makeyev (38 points: 18 G, 20 A; 55 GP) Did not qualify
2018–19 62 23 5 27 7 63 134 169 4th, Tarasov Miro Aaltonen (42 points: 19 G, 23 A; 61 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0-4 (CSKA Moscow)

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 30 July 2019.[8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55   Miro Aaltonen (A) C L 26 2018 Joensuu, Finland
44   Evgeny Artyukhin LW L 36 2019 Moscow, Russian SFSR
53   Pavel Chernov C R 29 2018 Novopolotsk, Belarusian SSR
75   Nikita Goncharov F R 20 2018 Orel, Russia
11   Igor Golovkov D L 29 2011 Moscow, Russian SFSR
71   Svyatoslav Grebenshchikov RW L 25 2019 Saint Petersburg, Russia
15   Jakub Jerabek D L 28 2019 Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
25   Pekka Jormakka RW R 28 2019 Jyväskylän mlk, Finland
26   Evgeny Katichev D L 32 2016 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
27   Pavel Koltygin C L 20 2019 Moscow, Russia
19   Nikita Komarov C R 31 2018 Novopolotsk, Belarusian SSR
16   Gleb Kozhemyakin D L 21 2017 Moscow, Russia
82   Alexander Kulagin RW L 25 2017 Moscow, Russia
73   Danila Kvartalnov LW L 22 2019 Voskresensk, Russia
47   Ville Lajunen D R 31 2019 Helsinki, Finland
68   Ivan Larichev LW L 23 2019 Nizhny Tagil, Russia
91   Alexei Makeyev LW L 27 2013 Novouralsk, Russian SFSR
93   Danila Moiseyev LW L 21 2017 Moscow, Russia
23   Evgeny Mons C L 30 2018 Cherepovets, Russian SFSR
9   Joonas Nättinen C R 28 2019 Jämsä, Finland
81   Yuri Pautov D L 24 2017 Yaroslavl, Russia
13   Ivan Petrakov C L 25 2017 Kondopoga, Russia
99   Alexander Samonov G L 23 2017 Moscow, Russia
40   Igor Saprykin G L 27 2012 Moscow, Russia
28   Alexander Semin (A) RW R 35 2018 Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR
10   Alexander Shevchenko RW R 26 2018 Belgorod, Russia
8   Ilya Shinkevich D L 29 2018 Minsk, Belarusian SSR
57   Artyom Shvets-Rogovoy C L 24 2014 Saratov, Russia
5   Nikolai Stasenko D L 32 2018 Roshchino, Russian SFSR
59   Yegor Voronkov D R 22 2015 Podolsk, Russia
21   Nikita Vyglazov RW R 33 2014 Olenegorsk, Russian SFSR
3   Mikhail Yepishin D R 22 2015 Stolbovaya, Russia
7   Alexander Yevseyenkov D L 33 2018 Malakhovka, Russian SFSR
33   Ilya Yezhov G L 32 2019 Krasnodar, Russian SFSR


All-Star gameEdit

KHL All-Star GameEdit

Players

Head coachesEdit

  • Vyacheslav Anisin, July 1, 1997 – 31 May 1999
  • Alexander Zachesov, 1 June 1999 – 11 October 2000
  • Alexander Barinev, 11 October 2000 – 30 April 2001
  • Valery Belov, 30 April 2001 – 15 June 2003
  • Yury Rumyancev, 15 June 2003 – 5 April 2004
  • Miskat Fakrutdinov, 5 April 2004 – 16 January 2005
  • Alexander Bodunov, January 16, 2005 – 30 June 2005
  • Anatoly Bogdanov, 30 June 2005 – 27 October 2005
  • Alexander Bodunov, 27 October 2005 – 4 April 2006
  • Mike Krushelnyski, 4 April 2006 – 31 March 2007
  • Miskat Fakrutdinov, 18 June 2007 – 28 October 2007
  • Sergey Gomolyako, 29 October 2007 – 5 November 2008
  • Mike Krushelnyski, 6 November 2008 – 3 December 2009
  • Alexei Yarushkin, 6 December 2009 – 14 October 2010
  • Andrei Nazarov, 14 October 2010 – 18 May 2012
  • Yuri Leonov, 20 June 2012 – 11 January 2014
  • Oleg Orekhovskiy, 11 January 2014 – present

Franchise records and leadersEdit

KHL 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 Vityaz player [10]

Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
  Maxim Afinogenov 268 80 84 164 325 -24 19 3 9
  Alexei Makeyev 321 73 77 150 66 -5 16 5 13
  Roman Horak 224 59 56 115 106 -22 21 5 4
  Vadim Berdnikov 163 31 61 92 177 -22 7 3 3
  Miro Aaltonen 120 38 48 86 58 5 18 0 9
  Mario Kempe 166 39 44 83 144 -28 13 2 7
  Chris Simon 113 37 43 80 503 -17 19 0 9
  Artemi Panarin 143 29 46 75 97 -15 10 0 2
  Alexander Nikulin 177 26 48 74 18 -17 8 0 2
  Anton Korolyov 185 32 39 71 120 1 4 0 5

HonorsEdit

Runners-upEdit

  Vysshaya Liga (1): 2005

ChampionsEdit

  Wingas Cup (1): 2017

  Lehner Cup (1): 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 21/04/2013+7°C (2011-08-25). "Violent Vityaz rock Russian hockey | SPORTS". The Moscow News. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  2. ^ "KHL scorers who used to be NHLers". The Hockey News. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Russian investigators say Cherepanov was 'doping'". The Sports Network. 2008-12-29. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Заявление Континентальной хоккейной лиги по итогам расследования обстоятельств смерти хоккеиста Алексея Черепанова". KHL.ru. 2008-12-30. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  6. ^ "This is hockey?". KHL.ru. 9 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Both teams lose". KHL.ru. 10 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Vityaz team" (in Russian). hcvityaz.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  9. ^ "Vityaz team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  10. ^ "HC Vityaz All-Time leaders". quanthockey.com. 2019-01-16. Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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