HS Rīga (Latvian: Hokeja skola Rīga) are a Latvian ice hockey team that plays in the Optibet Hockey League, the top tier of the sport in Latvia. The team is based in Riga and play their home games at the Hokeja halle Riga.

HS Rīga
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CityRiga, Latvia
LeagueOptibet Hockey League 2015 - present
Founded1999[1]
Home arenaHokeja halle Riga
(capacity: 400[2])
ColoursDark blue, gold, light blue, white
       
General managerLatvia Renārs Freibergs
Head coachLatvia Oļegs Sorokins
Affiliate(s)HS Rīga (JAHL)[3]
WebsiteHS Rīga
Franchise history
2004-2014SK Rīga 18[4]
2015-presentHS Rīga

HistoryEdit

Hockey School Rīga was founded on November 30, 1999, and is overseen in part by Riga City Council.[1] As a hockey school, players undertake educational classes as well as hockey training; to this end HS Rīga has a boarding school attached to their training facility.[1] As a result of this, the majority of the players on HS Rīga's Optibet Hockey League squad are teenagers.[4] The schools first organised team competed under the name 'SK Rīga 18' in the 2004-05 LHL season, where they finished in last place. It wasn't until the 2008-09 season that the school fielded another side, this time finishing in 7th, whilst also competing in the Latvian U20's league, where they finished 3rd.[4] Between 2009-2014 the school exclusively fielded teams in a range of U18 and U20 leagues, including the Belarusian U18 league, which they won in 2011.[4]

Beginning in the 2015-16 season, under the moniker HS Rīga, the team again competed in Latvia's top tier, finishing 6th out of 7 teams. HS Rīga have competed in the Latvian top tier, now called the Optibet Hockey League for sponsorship reasons, ever since. Their best finish was 5th place in both 2017 & 2018, however, they have so far been unable to advance past the quater-finals in post-season play.[4]

In addition to their senior, HS Rīga also field a number of junior sides, from U9 up to U17, as well as a team in the JAHL, the Junior Development Hockey League.[3]

RosterEdit

Updated February 5, 2021.[5]

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
40   Olivers Bantersons R 2019 -
1   Kārlis Beķeris-Brīvkalns L 2020 -
32   Linards Lipskis L 2019 -
30   Kārlis Mežsargs L 2020 Riga, Latvia
31   Artūrs Šilovs L 2017 Riga, Latvia
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
26   Roberts Andersons L 2019 Jelgava, Latvia
4   Niks Feņenko L 2020 Riga, Latvia
7   Edijs Freimanis L 2020 Riga, Latvia
0   Dāniels Gontars L 2019 Ogre, Latvia
11   Artjoms Kadņikovs L 202019 Riga, Latvia
39   Vladislavs Koniševs L 2020 -
12   Kārlis Krustiņš L 2018 -
20   Dāvis Orniņš R 2019 -
29   Gustavs Ozoliņš L 2019 -
35   Armands Edvards Pētersons L 2020 -
0   Patriks Seilis L 2019 -
0   Mārtiņš Špaks L 2020 -
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
28   Artūrs Krišs Avotiņš L F 2019 Riga, Latvia
41   Edvards Bergmanis R F 2019 -
19   Matīss Bīriņš R F 2019 -
18   Jano Vanderhulst - F 2017 -
6   Rainers Dārziņš L F 2020 -
33   Marks Ernests Kaniņš L F 2019 -
24   Kristaps Kristiņš L F 2020 Ventspils, Latvia
36   Daniels Mūrnieks R C 2020 -
23   Roberts Petrovičs L F 2018 -
16   Pēteris Purmalis L F 2019 -
13   Anrī Ravinskis L F 2020 Riga, Latvia
17   Berts Dāniels Rudzītis L F 2018 -
4   Ģirts Silkalns R F 2019 -
34   Rihards Simanovičs L F 2020 -
29   Klāvs Veinbergs L F 2019 -
0   Mārtiņš Šulcs R LW/RW 2019 Kuldīga, Latvia

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season League GP W L T OTW OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2015-16 Latvian Hockey Higher League 30 4 24 0 2 14 59 164 6th Quarter-final loss
2016-17 Latvian Hockey Higher League 30 11 16 0 3 36 131 36 5th Quarter-final loss
2017-18 Optibet Hockey League 30 3 20 3 4 19 82 168 5th Did not qualify
2018-19 Optibet Hockey League 36 12 18 4 2 46 84 127 6th Did not qualify
2019-20 Optibet Hockey League 20 4 16 0 2 10 53 101 6th Playoffs cancelled

Team recordsEdit

CareerEdit

These are the top five scorers in HS Rīga history.[4]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Pos GP G A Pts
Roberts Lipsbergs F 63 95 85 190
Emīls Potāpovs F 72 59 64 123
Ričards Kondrāts F 54 37 74 111
Raimonds Vilkoits F 27 30 47 77
Ņikita Jevpalovs D 19 34 37 71

Penalty minutes: Ričards Briška, 128

SeasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

PlayoffsEdit

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Par mums" (in Latvian). HS Rīga. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "Hokeja skola Rīga Ledus Halle". HockeyArenas.net. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Hokeja skola Rīga" (in Latvian). HS Rīga. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Elite Prospects - HS Riga". EliteProspects.com. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  5. ^ "Komandas sastāvs" (in Latvian). HS Rīga. Retrieved February 5, 2021.

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