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Hockey Punks Vilnius
Hockey Punks logo.png
City Vilnius, Lithuania
League Lithuania Hockey League
Founded 2007 (2007)[1]
Home arena Pramogų Arena[2][3]
Colors Black, red, white
              
Head coach Flag of Lithuania Mindaugas Kieras

Website
Hockey Punks

Hockey Punks Vilnius is an ice hockey team located in Vilnius, Lithuania, which plays in the Lithuania Hockey League, the top tier of ice hockey in Lithuania. They play home games at the Pramogų arena.

History

Hockey Punks Vilnius were founded in 2007 when Lithuanian national team players Mindaugas Kieras, Šarūnas Kuliešius and Martynas Šlikas started popularising the sport in the capital.[1] Interest in the sport further increased following the launch of 'Heat on Ice' on Tango TV.[1] Heat on Ice was a weekly show covering the latest hockey news and highlights from around the world, with celebrity guests.[4] One of these guests was G&G Sindikatas rapper Gabrielius 'Svaras' Liaudanskas who would go on to be a prominent supporter of the team, often promoting Hockey Punks in interviews.[1] Svaras would subsequently play for the team for 6 years,[5][6] as did his bandmate Andrius 'Pushaz' Glušakovas.[1][7]

Initially, Hockey Punks focused solely on training, before ultimately joining the Lithuanian second tier in 2010.[1] Their first season was a tough one, only winning one game whilst suffering a goal difference of -41.[8] Three seasons later, Hockey Punks were admitted to the Lithuania Hockey League, where they have played since. During their time in the NLRL, Hockey Punks have not won the league, however, they have lost in the playoff finals on two occasions; in 2016 and 2019.[3]

Between 2013 and 2017 former NHL star and Olympic gold medalist Darius Kasparaitis played sporadically for the Hockey Punks in order to qualify for the Lithuanian national team, having previously represented Russia.[9][10] During this time with the team Kasparaitis played 7 games for the Hockey Punks, registering 22 points.[11]

In 2020 Hockey Punks took part in the inaugural Baltic Hockey League, a competition made up of two teams from each of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.[12] The team finished 2nd in their group after beating Estonian side HC Everest, but losing to Latvia's HK Liepāja,[13] and therefore qualified for the final round, scheduled for February 2021.

Roster

Updated January 22, 2021.[3]

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
95 Flag of Lithuania Simas Baltrunas L 2017 -
90 Flag of Lithuania Maksim Cizevskij L 2020 -
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
72 Flag of Lithuania Karolis Andrikonis L 2012 -
94 Flag of Lithuania Rokas Bacevicius L 2013 -
35 Flag of Lithuania Andrius Budreika L 2020 -
68 Flag of Lithuania Domas Janusonis L 2020 -
5 Flag of Lithuania Jaunius Jasinevicius R 2020 Rokiškis, Lithuania
2 Flag of Lithuania Lukas Jonuska - 2019 Klaipėda, Lithuania
27 Flag of Lithuania Lukas Manomaitis L 2020 -
24 Flag of Belarus Sergei Markovsky L 2018 Minsk, Belarus
17 Flag of Lithuania Valdas Pikcius L 2014 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
19 Flag of Lithuania Dovydas Vaisovas L 2010 -
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
16 Flag of Lithuania Mauras Baltrukonis R RW/LW 2019 -
99 Flag of Lithuania Aivaras Bendžius L F 2012 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
79 Flag of Lithuania Donatas Dirginčius R F 2010 -
31 Flag of Lithuania Dominykas Jurjevas R F 2020 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
8 Flag of Lithuania Modestas Kartenis R F 2010 -
15 Flag of Lithuania Laisvydas Kudrevicius L F 2018 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
80 Flag of Lithuania Sarunas Kuliešius R C/RW 2014 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
89 Flag of Belarus Alexei Kuveko L F 2019 Minsk, Belarus
26 Flag of Lithuania Denis Kuzminov L LW 2020 Klaipėda, Lithuania
25 Flag of Lithuania Martynas Miliunas L C/RW 2020 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
18 Flag of Lithuania Marius Rankauskas L F 2017 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
21 Flag of Lithuania Martynas Slikas L C 2015 Rokiškis, Lithuania
7 Flag of Lithuania Eimantas Steponavicius R F 2019 Trakai, Lithuania
62 Flag of Lithuania Ernestinas Truksnys L LW/RW 2017 -
93 Flag of Lithuania Domantas Varnys R F 2020 -
81 Flag of Lithuania Povilas Verenis R RW 2019 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
13 Flag of Lithuania Algimantas Visockas L F 2014 Kaunas, Lithuania

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L T OTW OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2015-16 24 16 6 0 2 50 130 89 2nd Final loss
2016-17 20 10 9 1 0 32 87 32 3rd Semi-final loss
2017-18 20 10 8 0 2 32 91 32 3rd Semi-final loss
2018-19 18 5 11 2 0 19 51 78 3rd Final loss
2019-20 18 12 4 1 1 39 120 64 2 Playoffs cancelled

Team records

Career

These are the top five scorers in Hockey Punks history.[3]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Pos GP G A Pts
Šarūnas Kuliešius F 104 44 88 132
Edgar Rybakov F 63 51 76 127
Karolis Šlikas F 94 53 68 121
Algimantas Visockas F 98 47 45 92
Mindaugas Kieras D 46 25 41 66

Penalty minutes: Modestas Kartenis, 188

Season

Regular season

  • Most goals in a season: Edgar Rybakov, 21(2017–18)
  • Most assists in a season: Edgar Rybakov, 29 (2017–18)
  • Most points in a season: Edgar Rybakov, 50 (2017–18)
  • Most penalty minutes in a season: Lukas Jonuska, 90 (2019–20)

Playoffs

  • Most goals in a playoff season: Mindaugas Kieras, 6 (2017–18)
  • Most assists in a playoff season: Sarunas Suchomlinas, 10 (2017–18)
  • Most points in a playoff season: Mindaugas Kieras, 11 (2017–18)
  • Most penalty minutes in a playoff season: Sergei Markovsky, 31 (2018–19)

Notable players

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Vilniaus Hockey Punks nežada sustoti (lithuanian). Sportland Magazine (December 18, 2005).
  2. Hockey Punks on Facebook (english). HockeyArenas.net (January 24, 2020).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hockey Punks (english). EliteProspects.com.
  4. Tango TV – laida apie ledo ritulį "Karštis ant ledo" (lithuanian). Delfi (October 13, 2006).
  5. Gabrielius Svaras Liaudanskas (english). EliteProspects.com.
  6. Lietuvos ledo ritulio čempionate – reperio Svaro įvartis (lithuanian). Delfi (December 3, 2012).
  7. Andrius Glušakovas (english). EliteProspects.com.
  8. Elite Prospects - Team Standings Lithuania2 (english). EliteProspects.com.
  9. Darius Kasparaitis putting retirement on hold to join Lithuanian national team (english). The Hockey News (January 17, 2016).
  10. Kasparaitis Is Playing for More Than a Paycheck (english). TheHockeyWriters.com (November 18, 2017).
  11. Darius Kasparaitis (english). EliteProspects.com.
  12. Baltic Hockey League finally start (english). EuroHockey.com (November 16, 2020).
  13. Lietuva always h`ockey! (lithuanian). Lithuanian Ice Hockey Federation.

External links

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