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Avangard Omsk
Омский Авангард.svg
Full name Avangard Omsk 1981-present
  • Shinnik Omsk 1974-1981
  • Khimik Omsk 1972-1974
  • Kauchuk Omsk 1967-1972
  • Aeroflot Omsk 1962-1967
  • Spartak Omsk 1950-1962
Nickname(s) "Hawks"
Founded 1950
Based In Omsk Flag of Omsk Oblast.svg
Arena Omsk Arena
(Capacity: 10,200)
League KHL 2008-present
Division Chernyshev
Conference Eastern
Team Colors               
KHL 2008-09KHL 2008-09
GM Russia Anatoly Bardin
Head Coach Finland Raimo Summanen
Captain Russia Ryabykin Dmitri
Affiliates Omsk Hawks (RUS-Jr)

Avangard Omsk (Russian: Авангард Омск) are a professional ice hockey team from Siberia based in the city of Omsk, Russia. They are members of the Chernyshev Division of the Kontinental Hockey League.


Franchise history



Avangard, which translates to "Vanguard" in English, was established in 1950. The logo features a stylised hawk. The club has changed names several times, with previous names including Spartak Omsk, Aeroflot Omsk, Kauchuk Omsk, Khimik Omsk, and Shinnik Omsk.

Avangard Omsk won the Russian Super League in 2004, which qualified them for the inaugural IIHF European Champions Cup. They would be the first winners of that competition, beating Kärpät Oulu from Finland.

The team is not owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich as it may be concerned. Russian oil company Sibneft partly finances the team, but the majority of its budget comes from province tax money. On July 4, 2008, Omsk signed former New York Rangers superstar Jaromir Jagr, who later replaced Alexander Svitov as team captain on January 30, 2009.

Cherepanov's Death

On October 13, 2008, young Avangard Omsk forward Alexei Cherepanov died after collapsing on the bench during a game against Vityaz Chekhov. He played a shift with teammate Jaromír Jágr, and the two were talking on the bench shortly after they left the ice, when he suddenly collapsed.[1] After being attended to on the bench, he was carried to the dressing room where he was revived for several brief moments before finally being rushed to an intensive care unit,[2] but it was too late. The ambulance that is normally at all games had already departed and had to be called back; doctors arrived on the scene a full 12 minutes after Cherepanov collapsed, and the battery on the defibrillator used to attempt to shock Cherepanov's heart back to life was drained.[3] It took approximately 20 minutes to get him to a hospital.[4][5] While in the care of Chekhov doctors, he was again resuscitated briefly on two occasions, before ultimately passing.

On December 29, 2008, Russian investigators revealed that he suffered from myocarditis, a condition where not enough blood gets to the heart, and that he should not have been playing professional hockey. The federal Investigative Committee also announced that a chemical analysis of Cherepanov's blood and urine samples allowed experts to conclude "that for several months Alexei Cherepanov engaged in doping".[3] Official sources have stated the banned substance taken was nikethamide, a stimulant, and that it had been taken 3 hours prior to the game in which he passed.[6]

Club director Mikhail Denisov has since been fired[3], whereas the league Disciplinary Committee has since removed Omsk's doctors from that role with the club, and has requested the suspension of Avangard general manager Anatoly Bardin and team president Konstantin Potapov until the investigation being conducted by the Russian Federal Prosecutor's Office is concluded. The KHL Disciplinary Committee will meet again on this matter on January 5, and any further findings are expected to be made public on January 15.[7]




Current roster

Updated January 16, 2010. [8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
29 Russia Averin, EgorEgor Averin F L 20 2005 Omsk, Russian SFSR
78 Russia Babchuk, AntonAnton Babchuk D R 25 2009 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
77 Russia Belov, AntonAnton Belov Injured Reserve D L 23 2008 Ryazan, Russian SFSR
27 Russia Belov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Belov D 26 2008 Perm, Russian SFSR
58 Russia Bondarev, AlexeyAlexey Bondarev D 27 2008 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR
22 Russia Ezhov, DenisDenis Ezhov D L 25 2008 Togliatti, Russian SFSR
68 Czech Republic Jágr, JaromírJaromír Jágr RW L 38 2008 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
21 Czech Republic Klepiš, JakubJakub Klepiš RW R 25 2008 Prague, Czechoslovakia
6 Finland Kukkonen, LasseLasse Kukkonen D L 28 2009 Oulu, Finland
28 Russia Kulyash, DenisDenis Kulyash D L 26 2009 Omsk, Russian SFSR
19 Russia Kuryanov, AntonAnton Kuryanov (A) C L 27 2003 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR
35 Russia Malyshev, AntonAnton Malyshev F 25 2008 St. Petersburg, Russian SFSR
3 Russia Nikitin, NikitaNikita Nikitin D L 23 2002 Omsk, Russian SFSR
75 Russia Orlov, EvgenyEvgeny Orlov F 19 2006 Omsk, Russian SFSR
10 Canada Perrin, EricEric Perrin C L 34 2009 Laval, Quebec, Canada
17 Russia Pervushin, VladimirVladimir Pervushin F L 23 2002 Omsk, Russian SFSR
12 Russia Pestunov, DmitriDmitri Pestunov C L 25 2008 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR
91 Russia Pivtsakin, NikitaNikita Pivtsakin D L 18 2008 Omsk, Russian SFSR
24 Russia Popov, AlexanderAlexander Popov C R 28 1998 Angarsk, Russian SFSR
31 Finland Rämö, KarriKarri Rämö G L 23 2009 Asikkala, Finland
11 Russia Ryabykin, DmitriDmitri Ryabykin (C) D R 33 2008 Moscow, Russian SFSR
44 Russia Shishkanov, TimofeiTimofei Shishkanov RW R 26 2009 Moscow, Russian SFSR
15 Russia Svitov, AlexanderAlexander Svitov C L 27 2007 Omsk, Russian SFSR
32 Russia Timkin, EvgenyEvgeny Timkin F L 19 2006 Omsk, Russian SFSR
33 Russia Tsaregorodtsev, EvgenyEvgeny Tsaregorodtsev G L 28 2009 Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR
72 Russia Vlasenkov, DmitriDmitri Vlasenkov (A) LW L 32 2009 Olenegorsk, Russian SFSR
51 Russia Volkov, IgorIgor Volkov LW L 27 2008 Ufa, Russian SFSR

Honored members

NHL Alumni

Russia Maxim Sushinsky (1996-05), Russia Alexander Perezhogin (1998-05), Russia Stanislav Chistov (1999-02), Russia Alexander Svitov (1998-02, 2005-06, 2007-current)


  1. ^ "Investigator: Hockey player had heart problems". Associated Press. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Черепанов потерял сознание во время матча с «Витязем»" (in Russian). 2008-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b c "Russian investigators say Cherepanov was 'doping'". The Sports Network. 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Ranger Prospect Cherepanov Dies During KHL Game". The Sports Network. 2008-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Prospect Cherepanov Passes Away at 19". 2008-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Заявление Континентальной хоккейной лиги по итогам расследования обстоятельств смерти хоккеиста Алексея Черепанова". 2008-12-30. 
  7. ^ "KHLfires Omsk doctors". The Sports Network. 2008-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Avangard Team Roster" (in Russian). Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  9. ^ "Avangard Roster". Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  10. ^ "Avangard Omsk plays first game without Cherepanov". The Sports Network. 2008-10-20. 

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