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Traktor Chelyabinsk

Traktor Chelyabinsk, also known as Traktor (Russian: Трактор), is a professional ice hockey team based in Chelyabinsk, Russia. They are members of the Kharlamov Division of the Eastern Conference of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). From 1967 to 2009 the team played their home games at the Yunost Sport Palace. In 2009 the team moved to the arena now called Traktor Ice Arena named after Valery Belousov, their present home arena in Chelyabinsk.

Traktor Chelyabinsk
Traktor Chelyabinsk Logo.svg
Nickname"Tractor drivers"
CityChelyabinsk
LeagueKHL 2008–present
ConferenceEastern
DivisionKharlamov
Founded1947
Home arenaTraktor Ice Arena
(capacity: 7,500)
Colours         
PresidentAlexei Teksler
General managerBoris Vidgof
Head coachPēteris Skudra
Affiliate(s)Chelmet Chelyabinsk (VHL)
Belye Medvedi (MHL)
Websitehctraktor.org
Franchise history
1948–1953Dzerzhinets
1954–58Avangard
1958–presentTraktor Chelyabinsk
Current season

HistoryEdit

Soviet Championship (1948–1992)Edit

Founded in 1947 as a team of the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant, Traktor have played for the Soviet and Russian championships since 1948. In 1948-1953 the team was called Dzerzhinets and Avangard in 1954 - 1958. The current name was adopted starting with the 1958–59 season.[1]

Traktor played its first game in the top league on December 12, 1948 against CDKA Moscow. Viktor Shuvalov, a future star of Moscow clubs VVS and CSKA, led the team in scores during its first season in the championship. In 1955 Chelyabinsk reached the fourth place for the first time (back then a medal table still was dominated by the Moscow teams).

In 1965 - 1968, Traktor played in the second division of the Soviet hockey championships. The team returned to the first division in 1968.

In 1973, Traktor played in the USSR Cup finals against the CSKA. Although Traktor led 2-0, they lost the game with a score of 2-5. Valery Belousov and Gennadi Tsygurov, who subsequently went on to become head coaches of the team, were among the players of that roster.

Traktor's performance greatly improved after Anatoly Kostryukov became the team's head coach. In the 1976-77 season Traktor won bronze in the Soviet hockey championships, the team's highest achievement during the Soviet period of its history.

At that time, Traktor produced several players who achieved international prominence. One of the best Soviet forwards of all times, Sergei Makarov, was born in Chelyabinsk and began his career in Traktor. Along his teammate, defenseman Sergei Starikov, he regularly played on the Soviet national team from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. Starikov and Makarov each won over 10 international tournaments with Team USSR. Makarov's older brother Nikolai was also one of the best Soviet defensemen and played several times in various international competitions. Vyacheslav Bykov, a long-time member of the Soviet national team and later the head coach of Team Russia, also played for Traktor for several years before he was acquired by CSKA. Traktor's goaltender, Sergei Mylnikov, was twice named the best goaltender of the Soviet championship. He was the Soviet team starting goalie at the 1987 Canada Cup and participated in two Olympics and five world championships. His son played several seasons for Traktor as a goaltender as well.

International League and Russian Superleague years (1992–2008)Edit

In the early 1990s, Traktor twice finished third in the International Hockey League under head coach Valery Belousov. A group of Traktor players, including Sergei Gomolyako, Valeri Karpov, Igor Varitsky, Ravil Gusmanov and others, appeared on Team Russia at several world championships.

During the late 1990s ice hockey in Chelyabinsk entered a period of decline. In 1998 Traktor was relegated to the Vysshaya Liga and was replaced in its role as the major hockey team of Chelyabinsk by Mechel. The team found its way back to the elite only in 2006. Coached by Gennady Tsygurov they won the second division championship earning promotion to the Russian Superleague.

After the 2006-07 season, Tsygurov resigned. He was replaced by Andrei Nazarov, a native of Chelyabinsk who had spent 13 seasons in the NHL as an enforcer. Although he succeeded at securing Traktor's place in the top league, Nazarov's coaching style led Traktor to a new world record in overall penalty minutes in a single game that was set after the mass brawl versus Ak Bars Kazan in January 2008.

First seasons in the KHL (2008–2010)Edit

During 2008–09 KHL season Traktor was reinforced by its alumni Ravil Gusmanov and NHL star Oleg Kvasha. Despite a good start Chelyabinsk finished the regular season with disappointing results and eventually failed to advance in the playoffs further than the first round losing the series to Atlant Moscow Oblast with an overall score 13-2. Kvasha was named the team's MVP of the season. 2009 was also notable for the club's move to the Arena Traktor. The first game in the new arena, played against Metallurg Magnitogorsk, was won by 3-2. The first player to score a goal was defenceman Andre Lakos.

Before the 2009–10 season the team had to face budget cuts and lose its biggest stars including Oleg Kvasha and Evgenii Dadonov. After an unstable performance in the regular season the team advanced to the playoffs with the lowest seed ultimately losing to its natural rival Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the first round.

Return of Belousov (2010–present)Edit

During the 2010 off-season Nazarov left to coach infamous Vityaz Chekhov and was replaced by Andrei Sidorenko who was fired off his job right after the disastrous start of the season. In October 2010 Valery Belousov returned as Traktor's head coach, but, nonetheless, during the 2010–11 the team failed to make the playoffs.

After the lackluster season the team finally fixing its financial issues seriously rearranged the roster with future stars such as Vladimir Antipov, Stanislav Chistov, Jan Bulis, Petri Kontiola and goaltender Michael Garnett. The results were immediate, Traktor became the best team of the 2011–12 regular season winning Continental Cup and taking bronze medals after losing to Avangard Omsk in Eastern Conference Finals. The biggest breakthrough of the season was a young winger Evgeny Kuznetsov who led the team in points. Another homegrown Chelyabinsk player, Konstantin Panov, who returned to Traktor after five seasons of absence, became the team's goal scoring leader.

Traktor kept all of its leaders for the 2012–13 season. Unlike many other clubs in the league Chelyabinsk did not sign any NHL players who were returning to Europe during the NHL lockout. Facing much stronger competition this time Traktor finished the regular season in the third place of the Eastern Conference. Kuznetsov continued his successful career leading the team in points, goals and assists. 17 years old forward Valeri Nichushkin became that season's major breakthrough for Chelyabinsk, later in 2013 he won the Cherepanov Trophy as the KHL's Rookie of the Year and was picked in the top 10 of the NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.

On its way to the Gagarin Cup Finals Traktor had to endure three seven game series against Barys Astana, Avangard Omsk and Ak Bars Kazan, all three of those rounds were won back by the team from the position of 3-1 down in the series. One of the main components of the success was goaltender Michael Garnett who had 5 shutouts during the post-season and GAA of 1.86. However, the team was less fortunate in the final games played versus the defending champions Dynamo Moscow. Failing to take the lead in the series Traktor ultimately lost it 4-2.

Season-by-season KHL recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, 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 24 2 22 8 84 142 166 4th, Tarasov Andrei Nikolishin (39 points: 10 G, 29 A; 48 GP) Lost in Preliminary Round, 0–3 (Atlant Moscow Oblast)
2009–10 56 18 3 31 5 64 137 192 4th, Kharlamov Evgeny Skachkov (36 points: 22 G, 11 A; 51 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1–3 (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
2010–11 54 14 8 26 6 64 142 166 5th, Kharlamov Deron Quint (32 points: 21 G, 11 A; 53 GP) Did not qualify
2011–12 54 32 7 11 4 114 163 116 1st, Kharlamov Evgeny Kuznetsov (41 points: 19 G, 22 A; 49 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 1–4 (Avangard Omsk)
2012–13 52 28 3 13 8 98 152 120 2nd, Kharlamov Evgeny Kuznetsov (44 points: 19 G, 25 A; 51 GP) Lost in Gagarin Cup Finals, 2–4 (Dynamo Moscow)
2013–14 54 18 7 22 7 75 126 148 5th, Kharlamov Petri Kontiola (37 points: 15 G, 22 A; 53 GP) Did not qualify
2014–15 60 21 8 24 7 86 144 154 3rd, Kharlamov Anton Glinkin (38 points: 13 G, 25 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Sibir Novosibirsk)
2015–16 60 17 12 23 8 83 132 151 5th, Kharlamov Alexander Rybakov (27 points: 9 G, 18 A; 55 GP) Did not qualify
2016–17 60 27 3 20 10 97 130 120 3rd, Kharlamov Paul Szczechura (41 points: 14 G, 27 A; 60 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Barys Astana)
2017–18 56 26 7 19 4 96 129 121 2nd, Kharlamov Paul Szczechura (42 points: 20 G, 22 A; 55 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 0–4 (Ak Bars Kazan)
2018–19 62 18 9 31 4 58 102 151 5th, Kharlamov Ryan Stoa (27 points: 11 G, 16 A; 59 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated 28 July 2019.[2]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
18   Dmitri Alexeyev D L 21 2017 Chelyabinsk, Russia
22   Egor Babenko RW L 22 2019 Tyumen, Russia
55   Nick Bailen D R 29 2017 Fredonia, New York, United States
5   Artyom Borodkin D L 28 2013 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
94   Vasily Demchenko G L 25 2011 Chelyabinsk, Russia
28   Ivan Fedotov G L 22 2019 Saint Petersburg, Russia
10   Anton Glinkin (A) LW R 31 2018 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
38   Tomas Hyka RW L 26 2019 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
79   Igor Isayev D L 24 2017 Chelyabinsk, Russia
7   Dmitri Kalinin D L 39 2019 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
24   Ruslan Karlin C L 27 2019 Moscow, Russia
89   Ilya Karpukhin D L 21 2018 Chelyabinsk, Russia
78   Alexei Kruchinin F R 28 2019 Penza, Russian SFSR
  Enver Lisin RW L 33 2019 Moscow, Russian SFSR
98   Fedor Malykhin F L 29 2019 Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR
21   Vitali Menshikov D R 30 2019 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
60   Artyom Penkovsky LW L 24 2014 Chelyabinsk, Russia
9   Andrei Popov F L 31 2019 Chelyabinsk, Russia
11   Lukas Sedlak C L 26 2019 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  Yuri Sergiyenko D L 24 2019 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
42   Alexander Sharov C L 24 2015 Chelyabinsk, Russia
16   Alexander Shepelev D L 21 2019 Chelyabinsk, Russia
68   Marcel Sholokhov RW L 21 2015 Chelyabinsk, Russia
30   Vladislav Sukhachyov G L 21 2018 Chelyabinsk, Russia
52   Sergei Tereschenko D R 27 2019 Magnitogorsk, Russia
19   Christian Thomas RW R 27 2018 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
34   Alexander Tridchikov LW R 25 2016 Chelyabinsk, Russia
51   Jesse Virtanen D L 28 2019 Rauma, Finland
41   Andrei Yerofeyev LW L 24 2014 Nizhny Tagil, Russia


Head coachesEdit

  •   Viktor Vasiliev, 1948–52
  •   Vasily Karelin, 1952–54
  •   Sergei Zakhvatov, 1954–62
  •   Nikolai Sidorenko, 1962–64
  •   Aleksandr Novokreshchenov, 1964
  •   Viktor Stolyarov, 1964–65
  •   Vladislav Smirnov, 1965
  •   Albert Danilov, 1965–66
  •   Viktor Stolyarov, 1968–73
  •   Albert Danilov, 1973–74
  •   Anatoly Kostryukov, 1974–78
  •   Gennadi Tsygurov, 1978–84
  •   Anatoly Shustov, 1984–87
  •   Gennadi Tsygurov, 1987–90
  •   Valery Belousov, 1990–95
  •   Anatoly Kartaev, 1995
  •   Sergei Grigorkin, 1995–99
  •   Anatoly Timofeev, 2000–01
  •   Sergei Paramonov, 2001
  •   Aleksandr Glazkov, 2001–02
  •   Nikolai Makarov, 2002–03
  •   Anatoly Timofeev, 2003–05
  •   Anatoly Bogdanov, 2005
  •   Gennadi Tsygurov, 2005–07
  •   Andrei Nazarov, 2007–10
  •   Andrei Sidorenko, April 2010 - October 2010
  •   Valery Belousov, 2010–2014
  •   Karri Kivi, May 2014 - October 2014
  •   Andrei Nikolishin, October 2014 – November 2015
  •   Anvar Gatiyatulin, November 2015 – April 2018
  •   German Titov, June 2018 – October 2018
  •   Alexei Tertyshny, October 2018 – April 2019
  •   Pēteris Skudra, April 2019 –

Honored membersEdit

Traktor Chelyabinsk hangs on the rafters of the Traktor Arena jerseys of all the Traktor players who have ever won the World Championship title, including the players who are currently active.

Traktor Chelyabinsk honored members
No Player Position Career
1 Sergei Mylnikov G 1976–89
4 Sergei Babinov D 1972–75
7 Dmitri Kalinin D 1995–98
8 Viktor Shuvalov LW 1947–49
9 Igor Varitsky F 1988–95, 2004–05
11 Evgeny Davydov RW 1984–86
12 Sergei Starikov D 1976–79
24 Sergei Makarov RW 1976–78
24 Valeri Karpov RW 1988–95, 2005–06
25 Konstantin Astrakhantsev RW 1988–94
25 Andrei Sapozhnikov D 1990–95, 1997–98
27 Vyacheslav Bykov C 1980–82
28 Alexander Semin RW 2001–02
30 Andrei Zuyev G 1991–99, 2002–04
92 Evgeny Kuznetsov RW 2009–

Franchise records and leadersEdit

All-time KHL scoring leadersEdit

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. 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 Traktor player

HonorsEdit

ChampionsEdit

  KHL Continental Cup (1): 2012
  Vysshaya Liga Championship (1): 2006

Runners-upEdit

  Gagarin Cup (1): 2013
  Gagarin Cup (1): 2012
  USSR Cup (1): 1973
  Soviet League Championship: 1977
  IHL Championship (2): 1993, 1994
  Spengler Cup (1): 1973

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-07-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Traktor Chelyabinsk team roster". eng.hctraktor.org. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  3. ^ "Traktor Chelyabinsk All-Time KHL leaders". quanthockey.com. 2019-01-12. Retrieved 2019-01-12.

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