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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Локомотив Ярославль
Full name

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2000–present

  • Torpedo Yaroslavl 1965–2000
  • Motor Yaroslavl 1964–1965
  • Trud Yaroslavl 1963–1964
  • YaMZ Yaroslavl 1959–1963
Nickname(s) "Loko", "Railwaymen"
Founded 1959
Based in Yaroslavl, Russia
Arena Arena 2000
(capacity: 10,000)
League

KHL 2008 –2011, 2012-present

Division Tarasov
Conference Western
Uniform KHL-Uniform-LOKO
Team colors               
Owner(s) Russian Railways
President Yuri Yakovlev
GM Yuri Lukin
Head coach Sean Simpson
Captain Ilya Gorokhov
Affiliates Loko (MHL)
Website hclokomotiv.ru

Hockey Club Lokomotiv (Russian: ХК Локомотив, English: Locomotive HC), also known as Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, is a Russian professional ice hockey team, based in the city of Yaroslavl, playing in the top level Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The name of the team is derived from its owner, Russian Railways, the national railroad operator.

On 7 September 2011, a plane carrying the team to a game in Minsk crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all of the team's roster (except forward Maxim Zyuzyakin, who was not on the flight), all coaching staff (except goaltending coach Jorma Valtonen, not on the flight) and four players from the Loko 9 juniors squad of the Minor Hockey League (MHL)[1] The tragedy forced Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to cancel their participation in the 2011–12 KHL season.[2]

History

The team has been known previously by several different names:

  • YaMZ Yaroslavl (1959–1963)
  • Trud Yaroslavl (1963–1964)
  • Motor Yaroslavl (1964–1965)
  • Torpedo Yaroslavl (1965–2000)
  • Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (2000–present)

The team generally played in the Second League of the Class "A" group during the Soviet era, being promoted to the First League of Class "A" for the 1983–84 season. Known as Torpedo Yaroslavl at that time, the team enjoyed moderate success under head coach Sergei Alekseyevich Nikolaev. Never a powerful club during the Soviet era, the team became a consistent winner with the creation of the Russian Superleague (RSL) following the collapse of the Soviet Union, winning their first RSL championship in 1997 under coach Petr Vorobiev. The club moved from Avtodizel Arena to the new Arena 2000 early in the 2001–02 season, and won consecutive league championships in 2002 and 2003 under Czech head coach Vladimír Vujtek, Sr. Vujtek left the club after the 2002–03 season for a lucrative contract offer from rival Ak Bars Kazan. Lokomotiv have not been able to replicate their success since that time, but remained a perennial contender in the RSL and the later KHL.

2011 plane crash

On 7 September 2011, the Lokomotiv club was to travel to Minsk for their first game of the 2011–12 KHL season when the airplane they were in crashed in a botched take-off from Tunoshna Airport.[3] Of the 45 passengers and crew on board, only flight engineer Alexander Sizov and 26-year-old Lokomotiv forward Alexander Galimov survived the initial crash.[4] Galimov, who had been with the team since 2004, was conscious and had burns to 90 percent of his body, but died five days later in a hospital in Moscow.[5]

Prior to the crash, the team played nine pre-season games, finishing with a 7–2 record. On 3 September, in Lokomotiv's last pre-season game, at home against Torpedo, Galimov scored the team's last pre-crash goal in their 5-2 victory.

In the aftermaths of the crash, KHL president Alexander Medvedev announced that a disaster draft will be held to allow Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to ice a team for the 2011-2012 season.[6] However, on 10 September 2011, the team announced its intention not to participate in the 2011-2012 KHL season, opting to play in the Russian Major League (VHL) for one season before returning to the KHL.[7] Former coach Petr Vorobiev returned to the team as its head coach for the VHL season.

This is the second plane accident in Russia involving a hockey team; in 1950, the entire VVS Moscow team were killed in an air disaster near Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg).[8]

2012–13 season

On 9 April 2012, Tom Rowe, formerly an assistant coach with the Carolina Hurricanes, signed on as the team's new Head Coach.

For the 2012–13 KHL season, Lokomotiv added former National Hockey League players Viktor Kozlov, Niklas Hagman, Staffan Kronwall, Curtis Sanford, Sami Lepistö and Vitaly Vishnevskiy. Vishnevskiy previously played for the club from 2008 to 2010. Active Florida Panthers player Dmitri Kulikov signed on to play with Lokomotiv during the NHL lockout.

Honors

Champions

1st Russian Superleague (3): 1997, 2002, 2003

Runners-up

2nd Gagarin Cup (1): 2009
2nd Russian Superleague (1): 2008
3rd Russian Superleague (3): 1998, 1999, 2005
2nd IIHF Continental Cup (1): 2003
3rd Spengler Cup (1): 2003

Season-by-season record

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 L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 32 13 3 111 174 111 1st, Kharlamov Alexei Yashin (47 points: 21 G, 26 A; 56 GP) Lost in Finals, 4-3 (Ak Bars Kazan)
2009–10 56 26 17 4 96 163 132 3rd, Tarasov Josef Vašíček (48 points: 21 G, 27 A; 56 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 4–3 (HC MVD)
2010–11 54 33 14 1 108 202 143 1st, Tarasov Pavol Demitra (60 points: 18 G, 42 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Atlant Moscow Oblast)
2011–12 22 13 6 1 42 68 47 3rd, Western Oleg Yashin (15 points: 9 G, 6 A; 22 GP) Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-3 (Dizel Penza)
2012–13 52 24 18 0 92 131 121 2nd, Tarasov Sergei Plotnikov (33 points: 15 G, 18 A; 55 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Severstal Cherepovets)

Players

Current roster

Updated August 20, 2014.[9][10]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
40 Apalkov, DaniilDaniil Apalkov C L 23 2011 Magnitogorsk, Russia
47 Kontiola, PetriPetri Kontiola C R 30 2014 Seinajoki, Finland
29 Averin, EgorEgor Averin C L 25 2012 Omsk, Russian SFSR
72 Galimov, EmilEmil Galimov RW L 22 2011 Nizhnekamsk, Russia
77 Gorokhov, IlyaIlya Gorokhov (C) D R 37 2011 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
90 Grachev, EvgenyEvgeny Grachev LW L 24 2014 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
95 Loktionov, AndreiAndrei Loktionov C L 24 2014 Voskresensk, SFSR, Soviet Union
7 Holøs, JonasJonas Holøs D R 27 2013 Sarpsborg, Norway
71 Kapustin, KirillKirill Kapustin RW L 22 2010 Yaroslavl, Russia SFSR
98 Kartayev, VladislavVladislav Kartayev C L 22 2014 Chelyabinsk, Russia SFSR
20 Kolesnik, VitaliVitali Kolesnik G L 35 2012 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR
17 Konkov, SergeiSergei Konkov LW R 32 2013 Moscow, Russian SFSR
27 Kronwall, StaffanStaffan Kronwall (A) D L 32 2012 Järfälla, Sweden
78 Kruchinin, AlexeyAlexey Kruchinin C R 23 2014 Kostomuksha, Russian SFSR
46 Lyubushkin, IlyaIlya Lyubushkin D L 20 2011 Moscow, Russia
80 Maltsev, DmitriDmitri Maltsev W L 24 2009 Omsk, Russian SFSR
55 Martynov, EgorEgor Martynov D R 24 2014 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
48 Musatov, IgorIgor Musatov LW R 27 2013 Moscow, Russian SFSR
12 Novotny, JiríJirí Novotny C R 31 2014 Pelhřimov, Czechoslovakia
33 Pashnin, MikhailMikhail Pashnin D L 25 2012 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
38 Peretyagin, SergeiSergei Peretyagin D L 30 2013 Perm, Russian SFSR
9 Platt, GeoffGeoff Platt C/LW L 29 2013 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
16 Plotnikov, SergeiSergei Plotnikov LW L 24 2012 Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russian SFSR
1 Sanford, CurtisCurtis Sanford G L 35 2012 Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
13 Sprukts, JanisJanis Sprukts C L 33 2014 Riga, Latvian SSR
67 Thörnberg, MartinMartin Thörnberg LW L 31 2014 Jönköping, Sweden
41 Vasiliev, AlexeiAlexei Vasiliev (UFA) D L 37 2013 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
5 Vishnevski, VitalyVitaly Vishnevski (A) D L 34 2012 Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR
44 Yakovlev, EgorEgor Yakovlev D L 23 2011 Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR


References

  1. ^ "Canadian coach McCrimmon among 43 dead in Russian plane crash". tsn.ca. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  2. ^ Grigory Sysoey (2011-09-10). "Russia's Lokomotiv ice hockey team to miss season after air disaster".  
  3. ^ Barry, Ellen (2011-09-07). "Crash Wipes Out Elite Russian Hockey Team, Killing Several Veterans of the N.H.L."]". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Top KHL squad killed in passenger plane crash in Russia". RT.com. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  5. ^ Morgunov, Sergei (2011-09-07). Первые фото с места крушения Як-42 под Ярославлем.  
  6. ^ Leonard, Peter (2011-09-08). "KHL delays games, but season will go on for Lokomotiv". nationalpost.com. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Lokomotiv will not play this season". FOX Sports. 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  8. ^ "Plane Crash Wipes Out Elite Russian Hockey Team". TotalNews. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team" (in Russian). hclokomotiv.ru. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  10. ^ "Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 

External links

  • Lokomotiv Yaroslavl official website (Russian)
  • Home arena, Statistics, History
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