Metallurg Novokuznetsk

Metallurg Novokuznetsk (Russian: Металлург Новокузнецк) is a professional ice hockey team from Siberia based in Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia. They are currently members of the Supreme Hockey League (VHL).

Metallurg Novokuznetsk
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CityNovokuznetsk, Kemerovo Oblast
LeagueVHL
2017–present
Conference2
DivisionD
Founded1949
Home arenaKuznetsk Metallurgists Sports Palace
(capacity: 7,533)
Colours       
Owner(s)Evraz
General managerDmitri Koryagin
Head coachLeonids Tambijevs
Affiliate(s)Avangard Omsk (KHL)
Kuznetskie Medvedi (MHL)
Websitewww.metallurg-nk.ru
Franchise history
Metallurg Novokuznetsk

HistoryEdit

The team was founded in 1949 in Novokuznetsk (then Stalinsk) to compete in the lower divisions of the Soviet ice hockey championship. During the 1960s, Metallurg managed to advance to the elite group for several seasons, but did not establish itself as a major club until the 1990s when the International Hockey League was formed.

During the first years of the post-Soviet era, Novokuznetsk significantly improved its roster with players from the Ust-Kamenogorsk school. Led by Sergei Nikolaev during the late 1990s - early 2000s Metallurg became one of the top teams of the Russian Superleague. In 1999 Novokuznetsk hosted the first ever RSL All-Star game.

The team's downfall began in 2004 when its managerial staff moved to SKA Saint Petersburg signing the best players from Novokuznetsk. Despite that the team was able to rebuild itself and years later proved its place among the top Russian clubs joining the Kontinental Hockey League in 2008.

Following the 2016–17 season, with the KHL in need to regulate debts amongst clubs through contraction and with Novokuznetsk in financial trouble pertaining to a lack of success on the ice, they were excluded from participating in the KHL on May 24, 2017.[1] Novokuznetsk will continue to operate their junior club program and also participate in the secondary tier of the VHL.[2]

On 21 May 2020, Metallurg ended their affiliation with HC Sibir Novosibirsk, opting to be the farm team for Avangard Omsk of the KHL for the 2020–21 season.[3]

HonorsEdit

WinnersEdit

  Turnier in Biasca Biasca (1): 2012

  President of the Republic of Kazakhstan's Cup (1): 2016

  Lada Cup (1): 2020

Runners-upEdit

  Russian Superleague Championship (1): 2000

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 SOW SOL OTL L Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2008–09 56 12 3 2 5 3 31 54 127 157 5th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2009–10 56 13 1 2 2 5 33 52 105 159 6th, Chernyshev Did not qualify
2010–11 54 8 1 3 4 5 33 41 105 186 6th, Chernyshev Did not qualify
2011–12 54 18 2 4 9 0 21 75 108 130 5th, Chernyshev Did not qualify
2012–13 52 15 3 1 3 2 28 58 132 177 5th, Chernyshev Did not qualify
2013–14 54 12 1 1 4 6 30 50 115 170 6th, Chernyshev Did not qualify
2014–15 60 10 3 7 1 2 37 53 115 190 6th, Chernyshev Did not qualify
2015–16 60 13 1 0 10 4 32 55 128 191 7th, Chernyshev Did not qualify
2016–17 60 8 1 5 2 2 42 40 97 194 8th, Chernyshev Did not qualify

Franchise records and leadersEdit

KHL scoring leadersEdit

These were the top-ten KHL point-scorers in franchise history.[4]

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Metallurg Novokuznetsk excluded from KHL" (in Russian). Metallurg Novokuznetsk. 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  2. ^ "Metallurg Novokuznetsk and KHL part ways". hockeybuzz.com. 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  3. ^ "Metallurg signs a cooperation agreement with Avangard Omsk" (in Russian). Supreme Hockey League. 21 May 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL Points Leaders | QuantHockey.com Retrieved March 26, 2011

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