10 SEASONS OF HISTORY. REAKTOR NIZHNEKAMSK

10 SEASONS OF HISTORY. REAKTOR NIZHNEKAMSK
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17.05.2019 в 17:38
10 SEASONS OF HISTORY. REAKTOR NIZHNEKAMSK
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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues series of articles dedicated to the jubilee season. We’re putting together all-time teams for every club in JHL.

Reaktor Nizhnekamsk was a mid-table Junior Hockey League team for a long time. Even when Neftekhimik’s major junior team made the playoffs, they never went further than the quarterfinal round. It started to change since the 2015-16 season when Rafael Bikmullin finished on top of the league in points. The following year Reaktor topped the Eastern Conference and made it to Kharlamov Cup Finals, in which they lost to Krasnaya Armiya Moscow. In the 2017-18 season Alexander Sokolov, who was with the club for a long time, was replaced by Vyacheslav Kasatkin as Reaktor’s head-coach. Nizhnekamsk once again made it to the semifinal round and lost to future champions Loko Yaroslavl. Thus Reaktor won two medals in two years.

Team: Reaktor
City: Nizhnekamsk
Founded: 2009
Conference: East
Best result: 2017 silver medal, 2018 bronze medal, 2016 Junior Club World Cup finalist

All-time roster

Alexander Yenyushin

Position: Goaltender
Age: 22
Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Currently plays for: Molot-Prikamie Perm

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

In JHL: 45 games for Reaktor (3 seasons), 24 wins, 4 shutouts, Goals Against Average – 2.68, Save Percentage – 0.883 on average per game

Product of Nizhnekamsk junior hockey school, Yenyushin played a huge part in Reaktor winning silver medals in 2017. He played 13 games in the 2017 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs and had been named goaltender of December that season. Yenyushin didn’t play a lot of games in Junior Hockey League but the fans still remember him for his solid goaltending. He didn’t play in the bronze season as he made his VHL debut with Saryarka Karaganda before continuing his career in Kazakhstan. This past season Yenyushin played for Temirtau and also had four appearances for Molot-Prikamie.

Fyodor Korotayev

Position: Goaltender
Age: 21
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Rus Moscow
Currently plays for: Neftekhmik Nizhnekamsk

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2018 Junior Hockey League bronze medal

In JHL: 83 games for Reaktor, Atlanty and Sakhalinskie Akuly (4 seasons), 35 wins, 1 shutout, Goals Against Average – 2.74, Save Percentage – 0.901 on average per game

Product of Rus Moscow junior hockey school, Korotayev made his first steps in hockey in his hometown. After playing for Dynamo Moscow junior hockey school team, he joined Altanty Moscow Region to make his Junior Hockey League debut in the 2014-15 season, in which he played two games. Korotayev moved to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk after that and finally ended up in Nizhnekamsk. With him in goal Reaktor made it to Kharlamov Cup Finals and won bronze the following year. 21-year-old netminder made his pro hockey debut with VHL’s Ariada. This past season he played 14 games for KHL’s Neftekhimik and made 11 appearances for CSK VVS Samara in the VHL.

Alexei Puzanov

Position: Defenseman
Age: 20
Hometown: Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia
Junior Hockey School: HC Chelny
Currently plays for: Neftekhimik, Nizhnekamsk

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2018 Junior Hockey League bronze medal

- 2019 JHL Challenge Cup participant

In JHL: 200 games for Reaktor (3 seasons), 21 goals, 43 assists, 64 points, plus-24

Naberezhnye Chelny native, Alexei Puzanov played a big role in all Reaktor’s successes. He leads Reaktor defensemen in all-time points. He set his Junior Hockey League career highs in his last season before going full-time pro. Puzanov led Reaktor defensemen in points and represented the club at JHL Challenge Cup (which was conveniently held in Nizhnekamsk) and also made his VHL debut with CSK VVS Samara as he played two games.

Kamil Fazylzyanov

Position: Defenseman
Age: 21
Hometown: Kazan, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Ak Bars Kazan
Currently plays for: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2018 Junior Hockey League bronze medal

- 2016 JHL Challenge Cup participant

- 2016 JHL top defenseman

- 2016 Most points among JHL defensemen

In JHL: 178 games for Reaktor (5 seasons), 18 goals, 44 assists, 62 points, plus-40.

Being a native of Kazan, Kamil Fazylzyanov spent his entire major junior career in Nizhnekamsk and won two medals with Reaktor. In the 2015-15 season he was named the top defenseman of the season as he topped everyone in his position in points. He also represented his club at the JHL Challenge Cup that season and made his KHL debut the following year. He played 24 games for Neftekhimik and scored his first career KHL goal. In the past season Fazylzyanov played just one game in the KHL but looked solid in VHL playing for CSK VVS Samara. He scored 23 points in 39 games.

Arsen Khisamutdinov

Position: forward
Age: 21
Hometown: Ufa, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Currently plays for: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2018 Junior Hockey League bronze medal

- 2016 Junior Club World Cup silver medalist

- 2019 JHL Challenge Cup participant

- 2019 KHL All-Star Game participant

In JHL: 193 games for Reaktor (4 seasons), 63 goals, 90 assists, 153 points

Arsen Khisamutdinov leads the franchise in all-time points. He was one of the main reasons Nizhnekamsk won silver in 2017, followed by bronze in 2018. Product of Ufa junior hockey school, proved he was worth of making his KHL debut this season and managed to score his first points in pro hockey for Neftekhimik. He won silver and bronze medals in Junior Hockey League, made it Junior Club World Cup final and participated in JHL Challenge Cup. Team East lost in Nizhnekamsk, but despite the fact Khisamutdinov played well and along with three other players was invited to participate in Skills Competition and KHL All-Star Game in Kazan.

Bulat Shafigullin

Position: Left Wing / Right Wing
Age: 19
Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Currently: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2018 Junior Hockey League bronze medal

- 2016 Junior Club World Cup silver medalist

- 2018 Most assists in Kharlamov Cup Playoffs

- 2018 Kharlmov Cup Playoffs top-scorer

In JHL: 118 games for Reaktor (3 seasons), 47 goals, 60 assists, 107 points

Another bright alumnus of Nizhnekamsk junior hockey school, Shafigullin took Junior Hockey League by storm. He got his first chance to don Nizhnekamsk jersey at the 2016 Junior Club World Cup, in which Reaktor made it to the final. In his rookie JHL season he made it to Kharlamov Cup Finals. A year later he made his KHL debut with Neftekhimik, playing a total of 17 games. This season Shafigullin also played a lot of games for Nizhnekamsk’s main team and appeared on U20 Team Russia.

Timur Khafizov

Position: Forward
Age: 20
Hometown: Kazan, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Ak Bars Kazan
Currently plays for: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2018 Junior Hockey League bronze medal

- 2016 Junior Club World Cup silver medalist

- 2018 JHL Challenge Cup participant

- 2019 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs top goal-scorer

In JHL: 196 games for Reaktor (4 seasons), 49 goals, 83 assists, 132 points

Timur Khafizov was also a big part of Reaktor’s successes as he was one of the team’s leaders. He was in the spotlight in the ‘bronze’ 2017-18 season, scoring 8 goals in 10 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs. He also led the league in playoff goal-scoring. In the very next season Khafizov was called up to U20 Team Russia and played his first KHL game for Neftekhimik. This past season Khafizov played for Reaktor and CSK VVS Samara in the VHL.

Bulat Nabiullin

Position: Forward
Age: 21
Hometown: Mamadysh, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Ak Bars Kazan
Currently plays for: CSK VVS Samara

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2018 Junior Hockey League bronze medal

- 2016 Junior Club World Cup silver medalist

- 2017 JHL Challenge Cup participant

- 2018 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs top goal-scorer

In JHL: 122 games for Reaktor (3 seaons), 40 goals, 42 assists, 82 points

Bulat Nabiullin moved to Nizhnekamsk from a small town of Mamadysh and captain Reaktor in the franchise’s most successful season as Nabiullin led his team in Kharlamov Cup Finals against Krasnaya Armiya Moscow. Nabiullin made his pro hockey debut with Ariada in just his sophomore year with Reaktor. In VHL he also played for Molot-Prikamie Perm and CSK VVS Samara. He won JHL bronze medals with Nizhnekamsk and along with Timur Khafizov led the league in playoff goal-scoring.

Rafael Bikmullin

Position: Left Wing
Age: 21
Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Currently plays for: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Достижения:

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2018 Junior Hockey League bronze medal

- 2016 Junior Club World Cup silver medalist

- 2016 JHL Challenge Cup participant

- 2016 JHL top-scorer

- 2016 JHL top goal-scorer

- 2018 KHL rookie of the month (January)

In JHL: 102 games for Reaktor (4 seasons), 66 goals, 60 assists, 126 points

Rafael Bikmullin is one of the brightest alumni of Nizhnekamsk junior hockey school. 2015-16 was the breakthrough season for him as he led Junior Hockey League in points and goals. Bikmullin’s performance played a huge role in Nizhnekamsk’s success as the team went on to win silver and bronze medals. Bikmullin won a silver medal at the 2016 Junior Club World Cup and also competed for JHL Challenge Cup. He also made a successful KHL debut as he was named rookie of January in 2018. In this past season Bikmullin played 32 games for Neftekhimik in the KHL and 18 for CSK VVS Samara in the VHL.

Igor Ugolnikov

Position: Forward
Age: 22
Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Currently plays for: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Achievements

- 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medal

- 2016 JHL Challenge Cup participant

- 2016 Junior Club World Cup silver medalist

- 2016 JHL best player in plus/minus category

In JHL: 133 games for Reaktor (4 seasons), 45 goals, 57 assists, 102 points

Another 2017 Junior Hockey League silver medalist, Igor Ugolnikov also won a silver medal at the 2016 Junior Club World Cup and competed for JHL Challenge Cup, representing his hometown’s Reaktor. In the 2015-16 regular season Ugolnikov led the league in plus/minus category. However, he didn’t play in the ‘bronze’ season as he moved to VHL to play for Molot-Prikamie Perm and Sputnik Almetyevsk. In this past season Ugolnikov played 54 games for CSK VVS Samara and just recently inked a new deal with Nizhnekamsk. Ugolnikov is expected to made his KHL debut soon.

Ansel Galimov

Position: Right Wing
Age: 27
Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Currently plays for: Avangard Omsk

Achievements

- 2012 JHL Challenge Cup participant Участник

- 2019 KHL silver medalist

In JHL: 170 games for Reaktor (4 seasons), 44 goals, 58 assists, 102 points

Ansel Galimov is one of the few Reaktor Nizhnekamsk players on our all-time roster, who had played for the franchise long before silver and bronze medals. Galimov played in the first four Junior Hockey League seasons and competed for JHL Challenge Cup in 2012. He made his pro hockey debut in the 2012-13 season before moving from Tatarstan to Novokuznetsk to play Metallurg. That was followed by Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk. With the latter Galimov made it to Gagarin Cup Finals this past season but got swept in four games by CSKA Moscow.


Pavel Kulikov

Position: Center
Age: 27
Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Junior Hockey School: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Currently plays for: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Achievements

- 2012 World Juniors silver medalist

- 2013 JHL Challenge Cup champion

In JHL: 152 games for Reaktor (4 seasons), 37 goals, 77 assists, 114 points

Nizhnekamsk native, Pavel Kulikov spent his entire career in Tatarstan, excluding a short voyage to Penza. Kulikov made it to the 2012 World Juniors final with Team Russia (he also had played for U18 Team Russia) and won the 2013 JHL Challenge Cup. Kulikov made his KHL debut with Neftekhimik in the 2011-12 season and still plays for his hometown team. This past season Kulikov played 58 games for Nizhnekamsk, scoring 5 goals and notching 5 assists for 10 points.


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