๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Avangard Omsk Captures First Gagarin Cup Title


On the backs of a lone goal from Cup MVP Sergei Tolchinski, and a shutout from ล imon Hrubec, Avangard Omsk defeated CSKA Moscow 1-0 to complete their Gagarin Cup series victory in six games, capturing their first ever KHL championship.

Returning the favour after being swept in the most recent Gagarin Cup in 2019 by the Red Army squad, Avangard overcame a 2-1 series deficit following a dramatic overtime win in Game Four, and Hrubec shut the door on CSKA in both games five and six. The “home” crowd in Balashikha, Avangard’s de facto home since 2018 due to arena issues in Omsk, roared when Tolchinski’s point shot was redirected in front past CSKA goaltender Lars Johansson just as the first period was winding down. Hrubec turned away all 25 shots faced, and the Hawks’ defence closed out CSKA to capture the title.

Members of Avangard and CSKA will now join their respective national teams for the final stage of the Euro Hockey Tour, the Carlson Hockey Games in Prague, before the World Championships start in just under three weeks’ time in Latvia, with defending champions Finland set to open the tournament on 22 May against the United States, while Russia opens on opening day, 21 May, against Czechia.

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

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Bereglazov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Igor Bobkov, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Reid Boucher, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Yegor Chinakhov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Semyon Chistyakov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Maxim Chudinov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Pavel Dedunov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Maxim Goncharov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Kirill Gotovets, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Arseni Gritsyuk, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bob Hartley, head coach
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ล imon Hrubec, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ilya Kablukov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Oliwer Kaski, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexander Khokhlachyov, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Corban Knight, forward
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Nikita Komarov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Klim Kostin, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ilya Kovalchuk, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Andrei Mishurov, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Ville Pokka, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Potapov, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Jiล™รญ Sekรกฤ, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Kirill Semyonov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Damir Sharipzyanov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Solovyov, defence
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Andrei Stas, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Sergei Tolchinski, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Volkov, general manager
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nail Yakupov, forward
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Alexei Yemelin, defence
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Denis Zernov, forward

Photo Credit: iSport –ย CSKA Moscowย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC

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