IHLC Winners Major Key To SKA Gagarin Cup Victory

After storming back from a 3-0 series deficit to defeat their oldest rivals, CSKA Moscow, in seven games in the KHL Semifinals, SKA Saint Petersburg needed only five games to defeat Ak Bars Kazan to win the 2015 Gagarin Cup.

Shockingly just their first title in their illustrious 69-year history, SKA opened up the game in dominant fashion, needing just 15 minutes to take a 4-0 lead, driving starting goalie Anders Nilsson from the net and never looking back from there. Team captain Ilya Kovalchuk led the way with two goals, while Jimmie Ericsson, Yevgeniย Dadonov, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Romanย ฤŒervenka also added helpers. Mikko Koskinen stopped 24 of 25 shots in the win, also netting Soviet hockey legends Alexei Kasatonov his first title as GM, and the second Cup for head coach Vyacheslav Bykov.

With players from six nations onย the main roster, SKA boasts one of the most diverse international rosters in the KHL, with players from five of the six nations holding the International Hockey Lineal Championship, who all played a key role in this historic victory. Especially with the future of the KHL next season and beyond in jeopardy, this victory will surely go down in history as one of the all-time greats in Russian hockey history.

Our congratulations go out to the players, management and fans of SKA Saint Petersburg, with those on the roster that have also held the IHLC highlighted in bold:

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Yuri Alexandrov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexander Barabanov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Anton Belov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nikolai Belov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Anton Burdasov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Vyacheslav Bykov, coach
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Roman ฤŒervenka, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Maxim Chudinov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Yevgeni Dadonov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Jimmie Ericsson, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Grishin, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ilya Kablukov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexander Kadeikin, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Dmitri Kalinin, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Kasatonov, general manager
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Yevgeni Ketov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Dinar Khafizullin, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Petr Khokhryakov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Mikko Koskinen, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ilya Kovalchuk, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexander Kucheryavenko, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Andrei Kuteikin, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Igor Makarov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Tony Mรฅrtensson, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Artemi Panarin, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alexei Ponikarovsky, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Roman Rukavishnikov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Yevgeni Ryasenski, defence
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Alexander Salรกk, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Semyonov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Igor Shestyorkin, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Vadim Shipachyov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Patrick Thoresen, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Viktor Tikhonov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Filipp Toluzakov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Andrei Yermakov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ilya Yezhov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Dmitri Yudin, defence

Photo Credit: KHL Twitterย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC



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