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HC Traktor Chelyabinsk
Traktor Chelyabinsk logo.png
Full name Traktor Chelyabinsk 1959-present
  • Avangard Chelyabinsk 1954-58
  • Dzerzhinets Chelyabinsk 1948-1953
Founded 1947
Based In Chelyabinsk Flag of Chelyabinsk Oblast.svg
Arena Traktor Sport Palace
(Capacity: 7500)
League KHL 2008-present
Division Chernyshev
Conference Eastern
Head Coach Russia Andrei Nazarov
Captain Russia Andrei Nikolishin
Affiliates Belye Medvedi (MHL)

Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russian: Трактор Челябинск) is a professional ice hockey team based in Chelyabinsk, Russia. They are members of the Chernyshev Division of the Kontinental Hockey League.



Founded in 1947, Traktor have played for the Soviet and Russian championships since 1948. From 1948-1953 they were called Dzerzhinets Chelyabinsk and between 1954 to 1958 they were known as Avangard Chelyabinsk, after which they took their current name.

Between 1965 and 1968, Traktor played in the second division of the Soviet hockey championships. Thanks to coaches Viktor Stolyarov and Viktor Sokolov, the team returned to the first division in 1968.

In 1973, Traktor played in the national cup finals against the CSKA. Although Traktor led 2-0, they lost the game with a score of 2-5.

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 this 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 currently 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 is currently playing for Traktor, also as a goaltender.

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

In the late 1990s, ice hockey in Chelyabinsk entered a period of decline and Traktor was relegated in 1998 to playing in the Vysshaya Liga. In the 2005-06 season, the team won the second division championship and was transferred back to the first division.

After the 2006-07 season, Traktor head coach Gennady Tsygurov resigned. He was replaced by Andrei Nazarov, a native of Chelyabinsk who had spent 13 seasons in the NHL as an enforcer. In 2007-08, Traktor has risen in the standings compared to the previous season. The team was also able to sign Andrei Nikolishin, a center forward and a veteran of many NHL seasons.



Current roster

Updated December 10, 2009. [1][2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
19 Canada Abid, RamziRamzi Abid LW L 29 2009 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
74 Russia Alistratov, DanilaDanila Alistratov Injured Reserve G L 19 2007 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
52 Russia Boychenko, PavelPavel Boychenko RW L 34 2009
2 Russia Budkin, AlexanderAlexander Budkin D R 23 2009 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
71 Russia Burdasov, AntonAnton Burdasov RW L 18 2007 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
26 Canada Dagenais, PierrePierre Dagenais LW L 31 2008 Blainville, Quebec, Canada
30 Russia Danilishin, AlexanderAlexander Danilishin G L 20 2007
8 Russia Dugin, EgorEgor Dugin C R 19 2007
1 Russia Fokin, VladislavVladislav Fokin G L 23 2008
72 Russia Galkin, EvgeniEvgeni Galkin RW L 34 2004
15 Russia Glinkin, AntonAnton Glinkin F R 21 2005
27 Canada Grenier, MartinMartin Grenier D L 29 2008 Laval, Quebec, Canada
16 Russia Gusmanov, RavilRavil Gusmanov (A) LW L 37 2009 Naberezhnye Chelny, Russian SFSR
12 Ukraine Kasianchuk, KonstantinKonstantin Kasianchuk F R 30 2009 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
45 Russia Konev, AndreiAndrei Konev D L 20 2005
18 Russia Korovkin, NikitaNikita Korovkin D R 26 2007 Zlatoust, Russian SFSR
51 Russia Krovopuskov, AlexeiAlexei Krovopuskov C L 31 2009 Moscow, Russian SFSR
64 Austria Lakos, AndreAndre Lakos D R 30 2009 Vienna, Austria
13 Russia Nikolishin, AndreiAndrei Nikolishin (C) C L 36 2007 Vorkuta, Russian SFSR
77 Russia Piganovich, OlegOleg Piganovich D L 24 2007
9 Russia Popov, AndreiAndrei Popov RW L 21 2003 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
34 Russia Raenko, AnatoliAnatoli Raenko F R 23 2006
7 Russia Sazonov, AlexanderAlexander Sazonov (A) D L 29 2006
25 Russia Skachkov, EvgenyEvgeny Skachkov LW L 25 2006 Penza, Russian SFSR
37 Russia Velichkin, IgorIgor Velichkin F L 22 2008


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