CSKA Moscow Captures First Gagarin Cup In Team History


CSKA Moscow, one of the most decorated clubs in Russian hockey history, today made history again by capturing just their first Gagarin Cup, sweeping Avangard Omsk with an overtime victory in their third final in four seasons.

CSKA, fresh off a seven game series against perennial Western rivals SKA Saint Petersburg, were certainly the favourites in the final, as they won the KHL regular season title as well, and were facing a tired Avangard squad coming off of a six-game series win where three games went to overtime, including their triple overtime series winner over Salavat Yulaev. CSKA goaltender Ilya Sorokin, named playoff MVP, shut out Avangard in games two and three, and the offense never turned off for theย Red Army, with the likes of Mikhail Grigorenko, Konstantin Okulov and Kirill Kaprizov leading the way. However, it was a late goal from Maxim Mamin, just his second of the playoffs, that beat Yegor Bobkov for the ultimate victory, giving CSKA their first league title since 1989.

These players will now look forward to the final stages of the Euro Hockey Challenge, Euro Hockey Tour and World Championship, where Russia in particular will benefit from this new corps of players to avenge their disappointing sixth place finish in 2018, and look for their first title since 2014. Russia will now have some of their top stars from Avangard and CSKA (such as Kaprizov, Sorokin and Grigorenko) available to the national team for the upcoming Carlson Hockey Games, the final tune-up before the World Championships begin on 10 May in Slovakia.

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

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Sergei Andronov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Artyom Antipov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Fyodor Belyakov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Artyom Blazhiyevski, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Artyom Chmykhov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Klas Dahlbeck, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Kirill Goloshchapov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Mikhail Grigorenko, forward
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Jannik Hansen, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Marsel Ibragimov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Lars Johansson, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Sergei Kalinin, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Kirill Kaprizov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Pavel Karnaukhov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Lev Komissarov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Igor Levitski, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nikita Makeyev, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Maxim Mamin, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Marchenko, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Mikhail Naumenkov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nikita Nesterov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Igor Nikitin, head coach
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Konstantin Okulov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Mikhail Pashnin, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexander Popov, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Mat Robinson, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexander Romanov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Nikita Rtishchev, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Greg Scott, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Maxim Shalunov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ivan Silayev, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Anton Slepyshev, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ilya Sorokin, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Andrei Svetlakov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ivan Telegin, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Sergei Tolchinski, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Maxim Tretyak, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Linden Vey, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Andrei Yermakov, defence

Photo Credit: CSKA Moscowย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC

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