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2018–19 KHL season
League Kontinental Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 1 September 2018 – 19 April 2019
Number of teams 25
Regular season
Continental Cup winner CSKA Moscow
Top scorer Nikita Gusev (SKA Saint Petersburg)
Playoffs
Western champions CSKA Moscow
  Western runners-up SKA Saint Petersburg
Eastern champions Avangard Omsk
  Eastern runners-up Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Playoffs MVP Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow)[1]
Gagarin Cup Finals
Champions CSKA Moscow
  Runners-up Avangard Omsk
Finals MVP Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow)[2]
KHL seasons

The 2018–19 KHL season was the eleventh season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 1 September 2018 and ended on 19 April 2019. Continental Cup winners CSKA Moscow became the first team to win the Gagarin Cup finals in a series sweep,[3] defeating Avangard Omsk in four games to win their first Gagarin Cup,[4] after two previous Finals defeats.

Season changes[]

For the 2018–19 season, 25 teams competed in the KHL – down from 27 in 2017–18. The two teams that were excluded from the league were HC Lada Togliatti and HC Yugra,[5] with both teams moving to the Supreme Hockey League. As well as this, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod were moved from the Western Conference,[6] to the Eastern Conference; as a result, the Western Conference consisted of 12 teams and the Eastern Conference consisted of 13 teams.

The 2018–19 season featured the most games of any KHL season to date, with each team scheduled to play 62 games,[6] up from 56 in 2017–18.

KHL World Games[]

This season witnessed the first time that KHL games were played in Austria and Switzerland, as part of the KHL World Games.[7] Slovan Bratislava played in both Austrian games (on 26 and 28 October) at the Albert Schultz Eishalle in Vienna – home to the Vienna Capitals of the Austrian Hockey League – losing 9–0 to CSKA Moscow,[8] and 7–0 to SKA Saint Petersburg.[9] The Swiss games were played at the Hallenstadion in Zürich – home to the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League – with Dinamo Riga playing in both games (on 26 and 28 November), losing 3–1 to SKA Saint Petersburg,[10] and 5–0 to CSKA Moscow.[11]

Teams[]

The 25 teams were split into four divisions: the Bobrov Division and the Tarasov Division as part of the Western Conference, with the Kharlamov Division and the Chernyshev Division as part of the Eastern Conference. On 24 April 2018, the KHL announced re-alignment after both Lada Togliatti and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk left the league.[12]

Western Conference Eastern Conference
Bobrov Division Tarasov Division Kharlamov Division Chernyshev Division
Flag of Latvia Dinamo Riga Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow Flag of Russia Admiral Vladivostok Flag of Russia Ak Bars Kazan
Flag of Russia Dynamo Moscow Flag of Belarus Dinamo Minsk Flag of Russia Amur Khabarovsk Flag of Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
Flag of Finland Jokerit Flag of Russia HC Sochi Flag of Russia Avangard Omsk Flag of Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Flag of Russia Severstal Cherepovets Flag of Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Flag of Kazakhstan Barys Astana Flag of Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Flag of Russia SKA Saint Petersburg Flag of Slovakia Slovan Bratislava Flag of China Kunlun Red Star Flag of Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow Flag of Russia Vityaz Podolsk Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa Flag of Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
Flag of Russia Sibir Novosibirsk

League standings[]

Each team played 62 games, playing each of the other twenty-four teams twice: once on home ice, and once away from home. As well as this, each team played a further two games against each of their divisional rivals, and four games total against non-divisional teams.

Points were awarded for each game, where two points were awarded for all victories, regardless of whether it was in regulation time, in overtime or after a shootout. One point was awarded for losing in overtime or a shootout, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finished with the most points was crowned the Continental Cup winner.

Western Conference[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow 62 43 10 0 9 191 75 +116 106 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[lower-alpha 1]
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 62 45 4 5 8 209 80 +129 103
3 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 62 34 6 6 16 159 118 +41 86 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Jokerit 62 32 5 6 19 197 164 +33 80
5 Dynamo Moscow 62 27 6 6 23 153 139 +14 72
6 HC Sochi 62 19 9 10 24 145 155 −10 66
7 Spartak Moscow 62 21 7 8 26 156 158 −2 64
8 Vityaz Podolsk 62 23 5 7 27 134 169 −35 63
9 Dinamo Riga 62 18 8 10 26 129 155 −26 62
10 Severstal Cherepovets 62 14 9 5 34 124 178 −54 51
11 Dinamo Minsk 62 15 2 8 37 119 180 −61 42
12 Slovan Bratislava 62 10 5 3 44 101 213 −112 33
Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) games won in regulation time; 3) games won in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. Potts, Andy. "'It was worth losing to understand what it means to win'", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 20 April 2019. Retrieved on 21 April 2019. “Ilya Sorokin, CSKA goalie and playoff MVP” 
  2. Potts, Andy. "CSKA's crown, Sorokin's success and a new attendance recorded", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 22 April 2019. Retrieved on 26 April 2019. “CSKA Goalie Ilya Sorokin, who was named MVP, is the first netminder to have two shut-outs in a Gagarin Cup final.” 
  3. Potts, Andy. "CSKA lifts the Gagarin Cup", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 19 April 2019. Retrieved on 19 April 2019. “Along the way, Igor Nikitin's team also recorded the first ever grand final sweep after clawing back a 0-2 deficit to win game four in overtime.” 
  4. "ЦСКА впервые в истории завоевал Кубок Гагарина", Sportbox.ru, National Sports Channel LLC, 19 April 2019. Retrieved on 19 April 2019. (Russian) 
  5. Tuniz, Davide. "KHL excludes Lada Togliatti and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk", EuroHockey.com, European Ice Hockey Online AB, 28 March 2018. Retrieved on 4 October 2018. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "2018/2019 season calendar: start in September and comfortable playoffs", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 5 July 2018. Retrieved on 4 October 2018. 
  7. New frontiers – the KHL World Games head to Vienna and Zurich. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (28 August 2018). Retrieved on 2 October 2018.
  8. Potts, Andy. "KHL World Games: Viennese Waltz for CSKA", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 26 October 2018. Retrieved on 25 November 2018. 
  9. Potts, Andy. "KHL World Games – SKA puts on a masterclass in Vienna", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 28 October 2018. Retrieved on 25 November 2018. 
  10. Potts, Andy. "KHL World Games – SKA edges past Riga in Zurich", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 27 November 2018. Retrieved on 27 November 2018. 
  11. Potts, Andy. "KHL World Games: Game 2 – CSKA defeats Riga", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 29 November 2018. Retrieved on 29 November 2018. 
  12. Teams and tournament structure for 2018-19 season confirmed (24 April 2018). Retrieved on 30 September 2019.

Eastern Conference[]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 62 39 8 1 14 191 125 +66 95 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[lower-alpha 2]
2 Barys Astana 62 28 10 10 14 190 149 +41 86
3 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 62 35 6 2 19 182 132 +50 84 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Avangard Omsk 62 29 10 5 18 177 133 +44 83
5 Ak Bars Kazan 62 34 4 6 18 165 139 +26 82
6 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 62 24 7 10 21 158 140 +18 72
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 62 20 7 10 25 176 193 −17 64
8 Traktor Chelyabinsk 62 18 9 4 31 102 151 −49 58
9 Sibir Novosibirsk 62 19 5 6 32 148 192 −44 54
10 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 62 15 8 6 33 130 164 −34 52
11 Kunlun Red Star 62 19 1 11 31 142 190 −48 51
12 Admiral Vladivostok 62 18 5 5 34 139 176 −37 51
13 Amur Khabarovsk 62 17 3 9 33 126 175 −49 49
Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) games won in regulation time; 3) games won in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:

Gagarin Cup playoffs[]

The 2019 Gagarin Cup playoffs started on 25 February 2019, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences, and finished on 19 April 2019.[1]

  Conference Quarter-Finals Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1  Flag of Russia Avtomobilist 4     1  Flag of Russia Avtomobilist 1  
8  Flag of Russia Traktor 0     6  Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev 4  


2  Flag of Kazakhstan Barys 4 Eastern Conference
7  Flag of Russia Torpedo 3  
    6  Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev 2  
  4  Flag of Russia Avangard 4  
3  Flag of Russia Metallurg 2  
6  Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev 4  
4  Flag of Russia Avangard 4   2  Flag of Kazakhstan Barys 1
5  Flag of Russia Ak Bars 0     4  Flag of Russia Avangard 4  


  E4  Flag of Russia Avangard 0
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1  Flag of Russia CSKA 4
1  Flag of Russia CSKA 4     1  Flag of Russia CSKA 4
8  Flag of Russia Vityaz 0     5  Flag of Russia Dynamo 1  
2  Flag of Russia SKA 4
7  Flag of Russia Spartak 2  
  1  Flag of Russia CSKA 4
  2  Flag of Russia SKA 3  
3  Flag of Russia Lokomotiv 4  
6  Flag of Russia Sochi 2   Western Conference
4  Flag of Finland Jokerit 2   2  Flag of Russia SKA 4
5  Flag of Russia Dynamo 4     3  Flag of Russia Lokomotiv 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[]

Rank Team
1 Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
2 Flag of Russia Avangard Omsk
3 Flag of Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
4 Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
5 Flag of Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
6 Flag of Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
7 Flag of Kazakhstan Barys Astana
8 Flag of Russia Dynamo Moscow
9 Flag of Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
10 Flag of Russia Ak Bars Kazan
11 Flag of Finland Jokerit
12 Flag of Russia HC Sochi
13 Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow
14 Flag of Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
15 Flag of Russia Vityaz Podolsk
16 Flag of Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
17 Flag of Latvia Dinamo Riga
18 Flag of Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
19 Flag of Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
20 Flag of China Kunlun Red Star
21 Flag of Russia Admiral Vladivostok
22 Flag of Russia Severstal Cherepovets
23 Flag of Russia Amur Khabarovsk
24 Flag of Belarus Dinamo Minsk
25 Flag of Slovakia Slovan Bratislava

Player statistics[]

Scoring leaders[]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of the regular season.[2] If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown.

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Flag of Russia Gusev, NikitaNikita Gusev SKA Saint Petersburg 62 17 65 82 +39 10
Flag of Kazakhstan Dawes, NigelNigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 60 28 41 69 +20 12
Flag of Russia Shipachyov, VadimVadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 61 20 48 68 +22 30
Flag of Russia Kagarlitsky, DmitriDmitri Kagarlitsky Dynamo Moscow 61 24 37 61 +22 40
Flag of the United States O'Neill, BrianBrian O'Neill Jokerit 62 13 45 58 +7 30
Flag of Russia Mozyakin, SergeiSergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 61 23 32 55 +14 10
Flag of Canada Ellison, MattMatt Ellison Metallurg Magnitogorsk 62 20 35 55 +12 34
Flag of the United States Sexton, DanDan Sexton Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 61 25 28 53 +22 6
Flag of Canada Dietz, DarrenDarren Dietz Barys Astana 62 15 38 53 +30 59
Flag of Russia Grigorenko, MikhailMikhail Grigorenko CSKA Moscow 55 17 35 52 +33 10

Leading goaltenders[]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of the regular season.[3]

Player Team GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Flag of Russia Shestyorkin, IgorIgor Shestyorkin SKA Saint Petersburg 28 1680:51 24 4 31 10 95.27% 1.11
Flag of Sweden Johansson, LarsLars Johansson CSKA Moscow 24 1406:51 20 3 27 9 94.50% 1.15
Flag of Russia Sorokin, IlyaIlya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 40 2327:53 28 6 45 11 94.04% 1.16
Flag of Sweden Hellberg, MagnusMagnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 34 2048:13 24 7 45 8 93.98% 1.32
Flag of the Czech Republic Kovář, JakubJakub Kovář Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 50 2958:08 38 9 88 8 93.90% 1.78
Flag of Russia Konovalov, IlyaIlya Konovalov Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 45 2416:58 25 15 76 10 92.96% 1.89
Flag of Russia Bocharov, IvanIvan Bocharov Dynamo Moscow 38 2113:41 19 16 68 3 93.27% 1.93
Flag of Russia Zagidulin, ArtyomArtyom Zagidulin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 25 1102:49 12 7 36 4 92.44% 1.96
Flag of Russia Bobkov, IgorIgor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 49 2682:16 25 17 89 8 91.44% 1.99
Flag of Finland Metsola, JuhaJuha Metsola Salavat Yulaev Ufa 48 2761:22 25 20 93 4 93.44% 2.02

Awards[]

Season awards[]

The KHL's end-of-season awards ceremony was held on 28 May 2019 in Barvikha.[4]

Award Recipient(s) Team
Best Sniper Award (most goals)[4] Flag of Russia Kirill Kaprizov Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
Coach of the Year[4] Flag of Russia Igor Nikitin Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
General Manager of the Year[4] Flag of Russia Igor Yesmantovich Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
Gimayev Prize (for loyalty to hockey)[4] Flag of Russia Alexander Popov Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
Golden Helmet[4] Flag of Finland Juha Metsola Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Flag of Kazakhstan Darren Dietz Flag of Kazakhstan Barys Astana
Flag of Russia Nikita Nesterov Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
Flag of Russia Mikhail Grigorenko Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
Flag of Finland Teemu Hartikainen Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Flag of Russia Ilya Mikheyev Flag of Russia Avangard Omsk
Playoffs Most Valuable Player[4] Flag of Russia Ilya Sorokin Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
Rookie of the Year[4] Flag of Russia Ilya Konovalov Flag of Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Top Scorer Award (most points)[4] Flag of Russia Nikita Gusev Flag of Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
Continental Cup[4] Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
Eastern Conference winner[4] Flag of Russia Avangard Omsk
Vsevolod Bobrov Prize (most team goals)[4] Flag of Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
Western Conference winner[4] Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow

Players of the Month[]

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defence Forward Rookie
September[5] Flag of the Czech Republic Jakub Kovář (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Flag of Canada Darren Dietz (Barys Astana) Flag of Russia Anatoly Golyshev (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Flag of Russia Nikita Mikhailov (Sibir Novosibirsk)
October[6] Flag of Finland Juha Metsola (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) Flag of Canada Paul Postma (Ak Bars Kazan) Flag of Kazakhstan Nigel Dawes (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Flag of Russia Ilya Konovalov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
November[7] Flag of Russia Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Canada Darren Dietz (Barys Astana) Flag of Kazakhstan Nigel Dawes (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Flag of Russia Nikita Mikhailov (Sibir Novosibirsk)
December[8] Flag of Kazakhstan Henrik Karlsson (Barys Astana) Flag of the Czech Republic Vojtěch Mozík (Vityaz) Flag of Russia Vadim Shipachyov (Dynamo Moscow) Flag of Finland Kristian Vesalainen (Jokerit)
January[9] Flag of Russia Ilya Konovalov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Flag of Sweden Viktor Svedberg (Barys Astana) Flag of Russia Nikita Gusev (SKA Saint Petersburg) Flag of Latvia Mārtiņš Dzierkals (Dinamo Riga)
February[10] Flag of Russia Anton Krasotkin (Admiral Vladivostok) Flag of Sweden Staffan Kronwall (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Flag of Sweden André Petersson (Barys Astana) Flag of Russia Ilya Konovalov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
March[11] Flag of Russia Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Canada Mat Robinson (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Russia Nikita Gusev (SKA Saint Petersburg) Flag of Russia Daniil Misyul (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
April[12] Flag of Finland Juha Metsola (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) Flag of Canada Mat Robinson (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Russia Mikhail Grigorenko (CSKA Moscow) Not awarded

References[]

  1. Seren Rosso, Alessandro. "2018/2019 Playoffs Logo Unveiled", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 25 January 2019. Retrieved on 21 February 2019. “The 11th season's playoffs stage begins on February 25 with four games involving teams from both conferences. The potential 7th game of the Gagarin Cup finals is scheduled for April 25.” 
  2. Leaders: Points (G+A). KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved on 1 June 2019.
  3. Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA). KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved on 22 February 2019.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Potts, Andy. "CSKA leads the way at KHL's annual awards", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 28 May 2019. Retrieved on 1 June 2019. 
  5. Players of the Month: Kovar, Dietz, Golyshev and Mikhailov. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (2 October 2018). Retrieved on 26 April 2019.
  6. Players of the month: Metsola, Postma, Dawes and Konovalov. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (1 November 2018). Retrieved on 26 April 2019.
  7. Players of the month: Sorokin, Dietz, Dawes and Mikhailov. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (1 December 2018). Retrieved on 26 April 2019.
  8. Best Players of December: Karlsson, Mozik, Shipachyov and Vesalainen. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (2 January 2019). Retrieved on 26 April 2019.
  9. Best Players of January: Konovalov, Svedberg, Gusev and Dzierkals. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (1 February 2019). Retrieved on 26 April 2019.
  10. Best Players of February: Krasotkin, Kronwall, Petersson, Konovalov. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (4 March 2019). Retrieved on 26 April 2019.
  11. Best Players of March: Sorokin, Robinson, Gusev and Misyul. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (1 April 2019). Retrieved on 26 April 2019.
  12. Best Players of April: Metsola, Robinson, Grigorenko. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League (22 April 2019). Retrieved on 26 April 2019.

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