|2014–2015 KHL season|
|League||Kontinental Hockey League|
|Duration||3 September 2014 – 19 April 2015|
|Number of games||60|
|Number of teams||28|
|Continental Cup winner||CSKA Moscow|
|Top scorer||Alexander Radulov|
|Western champions||SKA St. Petersburg|
|Western runners-up||CSKA Moscow|
|Eastern champions||Ak Bars Kazan|
|Eastern runners-up||Sibir Novosibirsk|
|Champions||SKA St. Petersburg|
|Runners-up||Ak Bars Kazan|
The 2014–15 KHL season is the seventh season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 3 September with the Opening Cup between defending champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Dynamo Moscow, replacing Lev Praha, last year's runner up not participating this season.
Team changes Edit
Prior to the season, the KHL added three more teams: Jokerit from Helsinki, Lada Tolyatti (an earlier member of the KHL that spent the last four seasons in the VHL) and HC Sochi, an expansion team from Sochi.
HC Donbass did not play in the league this season, because of the political instability in Ukraine which culminated in a devastating fire at their home arena. Donbass intended to rejoin KHL for the 2015–16 season, but ultimately joined the new Ukrainian Hockey Extra League. HC Lev Praha didn't participate in KHL this season either, because of financial problems. In addition,Spartak Moscow did not participate in the league this season, after missing the deadline for shoring up its finances.
Divisions and regular season format Edit
New for this season, is that the teams primarily play games against teams in their own division, and secondarily against teams in their own conference, and finally against teams in the other conference. According to the new format (subject to final approval by the League management) each team will play a total of 60 games during the regular season as follows:
- 24 games against the other teams in their division (two at home and two on the road against each opponent),
- 14 games (one at home and one on the road against each opponent), against the teams in the other division in their conference,
- 14 more against teams from the other conference (comprising seven home games versus teams from one division and seven road games against teams from the other),
- 8 games where four will be against teams in their own conference (two at home, two on the road) and four against opposition from the other conference (again, two at home and two on the road). When determining the opponents and venues for these additional 8 games, the League consi der practical things, including the geographical locations and the availability of the arenas.
How the teams are divided into divisions and conferences are shown in the table below.
Regular season Edit
Player statistics Edit
Scoring leaders Edit
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
- As of 24 Feb 2015
|1st||Alexander Radulov||CSKA Moscow||46||24||47||71||+37||143|
|2nd||Jan Kovar||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||60||24||44||68||+15||50|
|3rd||Danis Zaripov||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||60||24||40||64||+13||40|
|T-4th||Stephane Da Costa||CSKA Moscow||46||30||32||62||+26||12|
|T-4th||Artemi Panarin||SKA St. Petersburg||54||26||36||62||+18||37|
|6th||Charles Linglet||Dinamo Minsk||54||22||36||58||-2||59|
|T-7th||Matt Ellison||Dinamo Minsk||58||24||33||57||-2||38|
|T-9th||Nigel Dawes||Astana Barys||60||32||24||56||+18||48|
|T-9th||Denis Parshin||Avangard Omsk||60||25||31||56||+18||40|
|T-9th||Brandon Bochenski||Astana Barys||60||20||36||56||+14||60|
|12th||Ilya Kovalchuk||SKA St. Petersburg||54||20||35||55||+4||69|
Leading goaltenders Edit
GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SOP = Shootouts played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average
Russian Ice Hockey Championship Edit
At the end of the regular season of the KHL Championship the following teams became medalists of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship:
|SKA St. Petersburg|
The playoffs started on February 27, 2015, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences and will end with the last game of the Gagarin Cup final.
|Conference Quarter-Finals||Conference Semi-Finals||Conference Finals||Gagarin Cup Finals|
|Ak Bars||4||Ak Bars||4|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
|Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||2||Western Conference|
|Dynamo Minsk||1||Dynamo Moscow||1|
- During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.
Final standings Edit
|1||SKA St. Petersburg|
|2||Ak Bars Kazan|
|12||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod|
|14||Salavat Yulaev Ufa|
|17||Atlant Moscow Oblast|
Players of the Month Edit
Best KHL players of each month.
|September||Stanislav Galimov||Anton Belov||Sergei Shirokov||Vladislav Kamenev|
|October||Ivan Kasutin||Maxim Chudinov||Artemi Panarin||Ivan Nalimov|
|November||Mikko Koskinen||Georgi Misharin||Igor Grigorenko||Pavel Koledov|
|December||Michael Garnett||Nick Bailen||Dmitri Kugryshev||Damir Musin|
|January||Alexander Lazushin||Alexei Semenov||Mikhail Varnakov||Vyacheslav Leschenko|
|February||Anders Nilsson||Deron Quint||Charles Linglet||Maxim Mamin|
|March||Anders Nilsson||Denis Denisov||Alexander Radulov||Kirill Semyonov|
|April||Mikko Koskinen||Maxim Chudinov||Evgenii Dadonov||Not awarded|
- On September 13, 2014, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward Sergei Mozyakin recorded his 400th KHL regular season career point. He became the first player in league history to reach this milestone.
- On September 24, 2014, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward Danis Zaripov recorded his 300th KHL regular season career point. He became the third player in league history to reach this milestone.
- On October 5, 2014, Ak Bars Kazan coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov coached his 800th career game in Russian championships.
- On October 6, 2014, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod forward Wojtek Wolski set a new league record for the fastest hat-trick in the game against Sibir Novosibirsk scoring in 1 minute 46 seconds.
- On February 18, 2015, Jokerit forward Steve Moses scored his 36th goal against Atlant Moscow Oblast and broke the league record for the most goals scored during one season.