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2019–20 KHL season
League Kontinental Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration 1 September 2019 – 12 March 2020
Number of games 62
Number of teams 24
Regular season
Continental Cup winner CSKA Moscow
Top scorer Vadim Shipachyov (Dynamo Moscow) 65 points
KHL seasons

The 2019–20 KHL season was the twelfth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. There were 24 teams that competed in 62 regular season games.[1] The season began with the Opening Cup on 1 September 2019, and the regular championship ran until 27 February 2020. The playoffs were scheduled to take place from 1 March through until 30 April.[2] The All-Star Weekend took place over 18–19 January 2020.

Due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Europe, the season was prematurely ended on 25 March 2020, midway through the playoffs.[3][4]

The Russian Hockey Federation declared CSKA Moscow the Russian champions, SKA Saint Petersburg and Ak Bars Kazan silver medalists, and Dinamo Moscow bronze medalists based on regular season standings.[5]

Season changes[]

For the 2019–20 season, the KHL originally announced that all 25 teams from the 2018–19 would return and continue without any changes to Divisions realignments.[2] However the competition was reduced to 24 teams after Slovak based, HC Slovan Bratislava, announced that they would be withdrawing from the KHL to return to the Slovak Extraliga due to financial restrictions on 27 May 2019.[6] With Slovan Bratislava's exit, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod were moved from the Eastern Conference,[1] to the Western Conference, reversing the move of the previous season.[7] As a result, both Conferences consisted of 12 teams.

KHL World Games[]

The KHL announced the World Games project would continue for a second consecutive season with more information to be announced in July 2019.[2] With the release of the season's schedule, new destinations of Davos, Shenzhen and Almaty were scheduled to host games.[1]

Smart pucks[]

Smart puck technology, backed up with chips in players' jerseys, was used in all KHL games in the coming season. The new technology was trialled in the All-Star Game in Kazan last season and was also used in regular season games in Helsinki. Every arena in the league installed sensors capable of collecting information from the chips 100 times a second. That information was available to various users and coaches in real time, giving-up-to-the-second details of the players’ speed, the distance covered in each shift, the speed and location of each shot and much more.[8]

The KHL is the first league in the world to implement this technology across the board.[8]

Teams[]

The 24 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.[9]

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 Ak Bars Kazan Flag of Russia Admiral Vladivostok
Flag of Russia Dynamo Moscow Flag of Belarus Dinamo Minsk Flag of Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Flag of Russia Amur Khabarovsk
Flag of Finland Jokerit Flag of Russia HC Sochi Flag of Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Flag of Russia Avangard Omsk
Flag of Russia Severstal Cherepovets Flag of Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Flag of Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Flag of Kazakhstan Barys Nur-Sultan
Flag of Russia SKA Saint Petersburg Flag of Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Flag of Russia Sibir Novosibirsk Flag of China Kunlun Red Star
Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow Flag of Russia Vityaz Podolsk Flag of Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa

League standings[]

Each team played 62 games, playing their divisional opponents four times, non-divisional conference rivals three times, and non-conference opponents twice.

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 game-winning shots. One point was awarded for losing in overtime or game-winning shots, 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 GP W OW OL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow 62 40 5 4 13 202 99 +103 94 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
2 SKA Saint Petersburg 62 30 14 5 13 179 118 +61 93 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
3 Jokerit 62 28 10 8 16 184 164 +20 84 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Dynamo Moscow 62 29 8 8 17 182 144 +38 82 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
5 Spartak Moscow 62 26 8 9 19 173 143 +3 77 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
6 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 62 25 9 5 23 170 151 +19 73 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
7 Vityaz Podolsk 62 18 8 11 24 137 166 -29 65 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
8 Torpedo Nizhny Novogorod 62 22 7 6 27 165 167 -2 64 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
9 HC Sochi 62 15 10 9 28 124 164 -40 59
10 Severstal Cherepovets 62 14 10 10 28 126 171 -45 58
11 Dinamo Riga 62 11 6 7 38 103 187 -84 41
12 Dinamo Minsk 62 11 3 11 37 135 232 -97 39

Eastern Conference[]

Pos. Team GP W OW OL L GF GA GD Pts. Qualification
1 Ak Bars Kazan 62 38 6 5 13 178 121 +57 93 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
2 Barys Nur-Sultan 62 31 7 8 16 156 137 +19 84 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
3 Avangard Omsk 62 30 7 9 16 163 120 +43 83 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 62 24 11 8 19 168 151 +17 78 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
5 Sibir Novosibirsk 62 27 7 6 22 139 143 -4 74 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
6 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 62 23 6 10 23 153 144 +9 68 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
7 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 62 20 8 9 25 138 145 -7 65 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
8 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 62 21 7 8 26 162 158 +4 64 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
9 Amur Khabarovsk 62 20 6 10 26 132 145 -13 62
10 Kunlun Red Star 62 20 6 8 28 139 158 -19 60
11 Traktor Chelyabinsk 62 20 5 6 31 132 161 -29 56
12 Admiral Vladivostok 62 16 10 4 32 126 177 -51 56


Gagarin Cup playoffs[]

Ak Bars Kazan were the Eastern Conference regular season winners with 93 points. It was determined following a 5–3 victory over closest challengers Avangard Omsk at TatNeft Arena.[10] CSKA Moscow were the Western Conference regular season winners, and winners of the Continental Cup with 94 points. It was determined following a 6–0 victory over HC Sochi at CSKA Arena.[11]

The 2020 Gagarin Cup playoffs started on 1 March 2020, and were scheduled to finish no later than 25 April 2020.[12] The top eight teams from each of the twelve-team conferences qualified for the playoffs.

On 25 March 2020, the remaining scheduled games were cancelled.[13] The bracket below shows the position of each team at the time of the cancellation of the playoffs.

  Conference Quarter-Finals Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1  Flag of Russia Ak Bars 4     1  Flag of Russia Ak Bars  
8  Flag of Russia Neftekhimik 0     6  Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev  


2  Flag of Kazakhstan Barys 4 Eastern Conference
7  Flag of Russia Metallurg 1  
     Flag of Russia  
  5  Flag of Russia Sibir  
3  Flag of Russia Avangard 2  
6  Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev 4  
4  Flag of Russia Avtomobilist 1   2  Flag of Kazakhstan Barys[lower-alpha 1]
5  Flag of Russia Sibir 4     5  Flag of Russia Sibir w/o  


  E  Flag of Russia
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W  Flag of Russia
1  Flag of Russia CSKA 4     1  Flag of Russia CSKA
8  Flag of Russia Torpedo 0     4  Flag of Russia Dynamo  
2  Flag of Russia SKA 4
7  Flag of Russia Vityaz 0  
   Flag of Russia
  2  Flag of Russia SKA  
3  Flag of Finland Jokerit 4  
6  Flag of Russia Lokomotiv 2   Western Conference
4  Flag of Russia Dynamo 4   2  Flag of Russia SKA w/o
5  Flag of Russia Spartak 2     3  Flag of Finland Jokerit[lower-alpha 2]  
  • 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.
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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The KHL board approves structure for 2019-20 season (Russian). Kontinental Hockey League (27 March 2019). Retrieved on 27 March 2019.
  3. "KHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 25 March 2020. Retrieved on 25 March 2020. 
  4. "Europe's biggest ice hockey league KHL prematurely ends season due to coronavirus pandemic", RT, ANO "TV-Novosti", 25 March 2020. Retrieved on 25 March 2020. 
  5. https://fhr.ru/news/item/71968/
  6. Slovan has not entered into an agreement with KHL (Slovak). HC Slovan Bratislava (27 May 2019). Retrieved on 27 May 2019.
  7. "2018/2019 season calendar: start in September and comfortable playoffs", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 5 July 2018. Retrieved on 4 October 2018. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dmitry Chernyshenko reviews the season with KHL club directors (Russian). Kontinental Hockey League (28 May 2019). Retrieved on 28 May 2019.
  9. League confirms structure for the new season (Russian). Kontinental Hockey League (7 May 2019). Retrieved on 7 May 2019.
  10. Potts, Andy. "Ak Bars tops the East. February 18 round-up", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 18 February 2020. Retrieved on 18 February 2020. 
  11. Potts, Andy. "CSKA tops the regular season table. February 27 round-up", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 27 February 2020. Retrieved on 27 February 2020. 
  12. Seren Rosso, Alessandro. "League unveils 2019-20 playoffs logos", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 30 January 2020. Retrieved on 25 February 2020. “The postseason starts on March 1st, and the potential 7th game of the Gagarin Cup finals is scheduled for April 25th.” 
  13. "KHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 25 March 2020. Retrieved on 25 March 2020. 
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  15. Clinton, Jared. "KHL's Jokerit voluntarily withdraws from Gagarin Cup playoffs ahead of second-round series", The Hockey News, Roustan Media Ltd, 14 March 2020. Retrieved on 15 March 2020. 


Final standings[]

Following the announcement that the season was prematurely ended on 25 March 2020, a decision of the final league standings was announced to be made at a later date.[1] On 7 May 2020, it was announced that the eight teams that had qualified for the second round of the playoffs would be ranked ex aequo.[2]

At the same time, the Russian Hockey Federation declared CSKA Moscow the Russian champions, SKA Saint Petersburg and Ak Bars Kazan silver medalists, and Dinamo Moscow bronze medalists based on regular season standings.[3]

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

Statistics[]

Scoring leaders[]

The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of the regular season.[4] 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 Shipachyov, VadimVadim Shipachyov Dynamo Moscow 61 17 48 65 +34 28
Flag of the Czech Republic Jaškin, DmitrijDmitrij Jaškin Dynamo Moscow 58 31 32 63 +34 75
Flag of Russia Kaprizov, KirillKirill Kaprizov CSKA Moscow 57 33 29 62 +32 10
Flag of Sweden Omark, LinusLinus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 59 12 42 54 –1 36
Flag of Kazakhstan Dawes, NigelNigel Dawes Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 59 20 30 50 –5 13
Flag of Finland Lehtonen, MikkoMikko Lehtonen Jokerit 60 17 32 49 +26 20
Flag of Russia Soshnikov, NikitaNikita Soshnikov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 58 27 21 48 –2 28
Flag of the United States O'Neill, BrianBrian O'Neill Jokerit 56 19 29 48 +17 18
Flag of Canada Vey, LindenLinden Vey CSKA Moscow 52 13 35 48 +22 47
Flag of Germany Macek, BrooksBrooks Macek Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 61 24 22 46 -3 22

Leading goaltenders[]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average, at the conclusion of the regular season.[5]

Player Team(s) GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Flag of Sweden Johansson, LarsLars Johansson CSKA Moscow 23 1370:30 17 6 32 6 93.25% 1.40
Flag of Russia Bilyalov, TimurTimur Bilyalov Ak Bars Kazan 32 1652:14 19 4 40 8 94.34% 1.45
Flag of Russia Sorokin, IlyaIlya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 40 2364:49 26 10 59 9 93.50% 1.50
Flag of Russia Samonov, AlexanderAlexander Samonov 25 1428:32 19 1 36 4 94.66% 1.51
Flag of Sweden Hellberg, MagnusMagnus Hellberg SKA Saint Petersburg 26 1443:15 14 7 41 3 92.65% 1.70
Flag of Russia Bobkov, IgorIgor Bobkov Avangard Omsk 48 2815:51 25 16 81 5 93.24% 1.73
Flag of Russia Koshechkin, VasilyVasily Koshechkin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 49 2687:12 18 20 87 6 93.31% 1.94
Flag of Russia Bocharov, IvanIvan Bocharov Dynamo Moscow 49 2638:43 26 13 87 6 93.47% 1.98
Flag of Russia Krasikov, AlexeiAlexei Krasikov Sibir Novosibirsk 30 1403:56 10 11 47 2 93.52% 2.01
Flag of Russia Alikin, EvgenyEvgeny Alikin Amur Khabarovsk 40 2246:36 15 13 76 7 93.65% 2.03

Awards[]

Players of the Month[]

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defence Forward Rookie
September[6] Flag of Russia Alexei Melnichuk (SKA Saint Petersburg) Flag of Sweden Mikael Wikstrand (Ak Bars Kazan) Flag of Russia Damir Zhafyarov (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod) Flag of Russia Danila Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars Kazan)
October[7] Flag of Finland Harri Säteri (Sibir Novosibirsk) Flag of Russia Albert Yarullin (Ak Bars Kazan) Flag of Russia Vadim Shipachyov (Dynamo Moscow) Flag of Russia Artyom Galimov (Ak Bars Kazan)
November[8] Flag of Russia Timur Bilyalov (Ak Bars Kazan) Flag of Finland Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit) Flag of the Czech Republic Dmitrij Jaškin (Dynamo Moscow) Flag of Russia Kirill Marchenko (SKA Saint Petersburg)
December[9] Flag of the Czech Republic Jakub Kovář (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Flag of Finland Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit) Flag of Kazakhstan Roman Starchenko (Barys Nur-Sultan) Flag of Russia Akim Trishin (Spartak Moscow)
January[10] Flag of Russia Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Finland Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit) Flag of Russia Anton Slepyshev (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Russia Ivan Morozov (CSKA Moscow)
February[11] Flag of Russia Ivan Fedotov (Traktor Chelyabinsk) Flag of Russia Vasili Tokranov (SKA Saint Petersburg) Flag of Russia Kirill Kaprizov (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Russia Dmitri Voronkov (Ak Bars Kazan)
March Not awarded
April Not awarded

References[]

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  5. Leaders: Goaltenders (GAA). KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved on 27 February 2020.
  6. Seren Rosso, Alexander (1 October 2019). Players of the Month: Melnichuk, Wikstrand, Zhafyarov, and Zhuravlyov. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved on 10 January 2020.
  7. Seren Rosso, Alexander (1 November 2019). Players of the Month: Sateri, Yarullin, Shipachyov, and Galimov. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved on 10 January 2020.
  8. Seren Rosso, Alexander (3 December 2019). Players of the Month: Bilyalov, Lehtonen, Jaskin, and Marchenko. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved on 10 January 2020.
  9. Seren Rosso, Alexander (31 December 2019). Players of the Month: Kovar, Lehtonen, Starchenko, and Trishin. KHL.ru. Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved on 10 January 2020.
  10. Seren Rosso, Alexander. "Players of the Month: Sorokin, Lehtonen, Slepyshev, and Morozov", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 1 February 2020. Retrieved on 1 February 2020. 
  11. Seren Rosso, Alexander. "Players of the Month: Fedotov, Tokranov, Kaprizov, and Voronkov", KHL.ru, Kontinental Hockey League, 29 February 2020. Retrieved on 1 March 2020. 

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