TEN SEASONS OF HISTORY. KUZNETSKIE MEDVEDI

TEN SEASONS OF HISTORY. KUZNETSKIE MEDVEDI
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14.06.2019 в 17:00
TEN SEASONS OF HISTORY. KUZNETSKIE MEDVEDI
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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 that was part of JHL from the beginning or joined the league a little later.

Kuznetskie Medvedi have seen their fair share of ups and downs. However, Novokuznetsk junior hockey school has been known for quite a long time for producing high-quality talent. Major junior team of the city is a perfect example of that. The ‘Bears’ made it to the finals in the league’s inaugural season but lost to Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk. Novokuznetsk also won a bronze medal in the 2016-17 season. Here’s a list of Kuznetskie Medvedi alumni, who have found success in Russia and overseas.

Team: Kuznetskie Medvedi
City: Novokuznetsk
Founded: 2009
Conference: Eastern
Best result: JHL silver medal (2009-10), JHL bronze medal (2016-17).

All-Time Team

Ilya Sorokin

Position: Goaltender
Age: 23
Hometown: Mezhdurechensk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Currently plays for: CSKA Moscow

Achievements

- 2015 World Juniors silver medalist
- 2016 KHL goaltender of the season
- IIHF World Championship bronze medalist (2016, 2017, 2019)
- 2018 Olympic champion
- 2019 Gagarin Cup champion
- 2019 Gagarin Cup Playoffs MVP
- 2018 KHL silver medalist
- KHL All-Star Game participant (2016, 2017, 2018)

Overall in JHL: 47 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi and Krasnaya Armiya (3 seasons), 16 wins, 3 shutouts, Goals Against Average - 2.58, Save Percentage - .913 on average per game.

One of the top goaltenders of his generation began his hockey career in his hometown of Mezhdurechensk but really made a name for himself in neighboring Novokuznetsk, where he made his debut for Kuznetskie Medvedi at the age of 16. It was obvious to the naked eye even back then that Sorokin had superstar talent and his career went uphill rather quickly. In the 2014-15 season Sorokin already played for Krasnaya Armiya and CSKA Moscow. A year later he was named KHL goaltender of the season, won three bronze medals at IIHF World Championships, made it to Gagarin Cup Finals in KHL’s jubilee season and finally won the Gagarin Cup and was named the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs in 2019. Sorokin also won gold as a member of Team Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.

Andrei Katyukhin

Position: Goaltender
Age: 21
Hometown: Novokuznetsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: metallurg Novokuznetsk
Currently plays for: Rossosh Voronezh

Achievements


- 2017 JHL bronze medalist
- JHL Challenge Cup participant (2017, 2018)

Overall in JHL: 67 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (3 seasons), 18 wins, 2 shutouts, Goals Against Average – 3.16, Save Percentage – 0.900 on average per game.

Katyukhin made his Junior Hockey League debut in the 2016-17 season, and was selected to compete for JHL Challenge Cup in the same year. He went on to win bronze medals with Kuznetskie Medvedi a few months later. In the following season Katyukhin once again competed for JHL Challenge Cup, becoming one of the few players who had the honors for two consecutive years. Nevertheless, Katyukhin couldn’t win either game (Team West’s hegemony is yet to be broken). Katyukhin will go down in history as one of the most charismatic players in Eastern Conference history. Last year he left his hometown of Novokuznetsk and to join Rossosh Voronezh, where he became one of the top NJHL netminders.

Dmitry Orlov

Position: Defenseman
Age: 27
Hometown: Novokuznetsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Currently plays for: Washington Capitals (NHL)

Achievements

- IIHF U18 World Championship silver medalist (2008, 2009)
- Kharlamov Cup top goal-scorer and MVP (2009)
- JHL silver medalist (2010)
- 2011 World Juniors champion
- 2014 IIHF World Championship gold medalist
- IIHF World Championship bronze medalist (2016, 2017, 2019)
- Stanley Cup champion (2018)

Overall in JHL: 25 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (3 seasons), 16 goals, 16 assists, plus-7.

One of the best talents Novokuznetsk junior hockey school has ever produced, Orlov is currently one of the key players on Washington Capitals. He has already won the Stanley Cup and IIHF World Championship gold medal. Orlov began his professional career on Metallurg-2 and made his Russian Superleague debut in 2008. His second last year in junior hockey coincided with Junior Hockey League inception. Orlov didn’t play much for Kuznetskie Medvedi in the regular season but was one of the key reasons the ‘Bears’ won silver medals in the playoffs. It was a unique occasion that a defenseman led the league in goals and was named Most Valuable Player. On top of that Orlov won the gold medal at the 2011 World Juniors in Buffalo, NY.

Pavel Yatsenkov

Position: Defenseman
Age: 27
Hometown: Prokopyevsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Shakhtyor Prokopyevsk
Currently plays for: Metallurg Novokuznetsk

Achievements

- 2010 JHL silver medalist
- 2012 JHL Challenge Cup

Overall in JHL: 201 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (4 seasons), 17 goals, 54 assists, 71 points, plus-31.

Prokopyevsk native, Yatsenkov played in the very first Junior Hockey League season and won silver medals with Kuznetskie Medvedi. Being a tough defenseman to play against, he was also selected to play for Team JHL Red Stars, which competed against North American junior teams, and also was invited to the 2012 JHL Challenge Cup, which was held in Magnitogorsk. After retiring from junior hockey, Yatsenkov played for several JHL teams. He played for Metallurg Novokuznetsk in VHL and KHL. Last season he returned to Metallurg from HC Tambov.

Ilya Musin

Position: Left winger/Right winger
Age: 28
Hometown: Novokuznetsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Currently plays for: Metallurg Novokuznetsk

Achievements

- 2010 JHL silver medalist

Overall in JHL: 235 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (4 seasons), 77 goals, 97 assists, 174 points.

A versatile forward, Musin has spent his entire career in his hometown of Novokuznetsk, excluding a short trop to Volzhsk in the 2013-14 season. Musin leads Kuznetskie Medvedi in all-time goals and points. He also won Junior Hockey League silver medal with the team and stayed loyal to his hometown when Metallurg played in the KHL and after the club was relegated to the VHL. He played 208 regular season games for Kuznetskie Medvedi, scoring 70 goals and 155 points. Last season he played 27 games for Novokuznetsk, scoring 3 goals and notching 6 assists for 9 points.

Andrei Karavayev

Position: Forward
Age: 22
Hometown: Prokopyevsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Currently plays for: Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk

Achievements

- 2017 JHL bronze medalist

Overall in JHL: 203 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (5 seasons), 63 goals, 99 assists, 162 points.

Another Prokopyevsk native, Andrei Karavayev, is just a few points behind from Musin in Kuznetskie Medvedi all-time history. However, he made his Junior Hockey League debut only in 2013. Karavayev was ceaselessly improving, which didn’t go unnoticed by head-coach Alexander Kitov, who trusted the talented player more and more. Karavayev’s fantastic duo with Konstantin Parkhomenko was the corner stone of Kuznetskie Medvedi’s success in 2017 when the team won JHL bronze medals. Last season Karavayev began on Yermak Angarsk, but then joined Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Konstantin Turukin

Position: Center
Age: 28
Hometown: Novokuznetsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Currently plays for: HC Sarov

Achievements

- 2010 JHL silver medalist

Overall in JHL: 185 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (3 seasons), 58 goals, 86 assists, 144 points.

Center Konstantin Turukin is third in all-time points on Kuznetskie Medvedi. He represents the ‘old cohort’, which won silver medals in Junior Hockey League’s inaugural season. Turukin was also the captain of the team and made his KHL debut the same year with Metallurg. After that he also played for Ariada Volzhsk and finally left Novokuznetsk for good in 2016, joining Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk. Further into his career he played for Dizel Penza and spent last season on HC Sarov.

Konstantin Parkhomenko

Position: Center
Age: 22
Hometown: Omsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Currently plays for: Gornyak Uchaly

Achievements

- 2017 JHL bronze medalist
- 2017 JHL Challenge Cup
- 2017 Best in plus/minus category

Overall in JHL: 176 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (5 seasons), 56 goals, 78 assists, 134 points.

Center Konstantin Parkhomenko was born in Omsk. His tandem with Andrei Karavayev was one of the key reasons Kuznetskie Medvedi won bronze in the 2016-17 season. Parkhomenko was also invited to compete for JHL Challenge Cup that year. He didn’t get to win the coveted trophy, but his biggest games came in the playoffs, where Parkhomenko played phenomenally well. He also played 10 games for Metallurg in KHL. After leaving Novokuznetsk, he has played in the VHL for Yermak Angarsk, Yunior Kurgan and Gornyak Uchaly, where he will begin the upcoming season.

Anton Ruban

Position: Forward
Age: 22 
Hometown: Omsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Avangard Omsk 
Currently plays for: Altay Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk

Achievements

- 2017 JHL bronze medalist
- 2018 top-scorer, top goal-scorer and JHL Most Valuable Player

Overall in JHL: 185 games for Omskie Yastreby and Kuznetskie Medvedi (4 seasons), 60 goals, 68 assists, 128 points.

One of the most vivid goal-scorers in Junior Hockey League history was born in Omsk and began his JHL career as a member of Omskie Yastreby. Ruban joined Novokuznetsk prior to the 2016-17 season and enjoyed two very successful seasons with the ‘Bears’. That is especially true for his ‘graduation’ 2017-18 season. Kuznetskie Medvedi didn’t make the playoffs but Ruban led the league in goals (35) and points (80) in 59 games. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the season. Last season he played in Kazakhstan for Altay Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Kirill Kaprizov

Position: Right winger/ Left winger
Age: 22 
Hometown: Novokuznetsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Metallurg Novokuznetsk 
Currently plays for: CSKA Moscow

Achievements

- 2016 IIHF World Championship silver medalist
- KHL All-Star Game participant (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- 2017 World Juniors bronze medalist
- 2017 World Juniors top-scorer, top goal-scorer and top forward
- 2018 Olympic champion
- 2019 IIHF World Championship bronze medalist
- 2019 Gagarin Cup champion
- 2019 KHL top goal-scorer

Overall in JHL: 74 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (3 seasons), 27 goals, 25 assists, 52 points.

Kirill Kaprizov is one of the greatest talents Novokuznetsk has ever had to offer. Incredibly talented, he won Gagarin Cup, Olympic gold medal and IIHF World Championship bronze medal by the age of 22. Kaprizov began his professional career on Kuznetskie Medvedi, where he quickly became one of the leaders. Overall Kaprizov played 74 games in Junior Hockey League. In his junior career he also won silver and bronze World Junior medals as a member of Team Russia. After Metallurg, Kaprizov moved to Salavat Yulaev Ufa but he found his greatest success of his young career with CSKA Moscow.

Denis Ludtsev

Position: Right winger
Age: 22
Hometown: Barnaul, Russia
Junior hockey school: Altay Barnaul
Currently plays for: Metallurg Novokuznetsk

Achievements

- 2017 JHL bronze medalist

Overall in JHL: 170 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (3 seasons), 66 goals, 47 assists, 113 points.

Denis Ludtsev began his hockey career in his hometown of Barnaul, where he played for Altayskie Berkuty in JHL-B. He joined Novokuznetsk major junior team prior to the 2015-16 season. A year later he was named one of the alternate captains and helped the team win JHL bronze medals. In the following year, which was his last in junior hockey, Ludtsev captained Kuznetskie Medvedi. Last season he spent on CSK VVS Samara. Next year he will play for Metallurg Novokuznetsk again.

Dmitry Starchenko

Position: Center
Age: 22
Hometown: Novokuznetsk, Russia
Junior hockey school: Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Currently plays for: Retired

Achievements

- 2016 JHL Challenge Cup participant

Overall in JHL: 158 games for Kuznetskie Medvedi (4 seasons), 23 goals, 65 assists, 88 points.

The talented center made his debut for Kuznetskie Medvedi in the 2012-13 season. Starchenko was constantly getting better and was named an alternate captain two years later. He made his KHL debut as the captain of Kuznetskie Medvedi. Unfortunately, that was the last season for the young player. Starchenko had to to retire due to heart problems. However, in early 2017 Starchenko made another appearance at JHL Challenge Cup as a coach. 20-year-old coach was one of the assistants on Kuznetskie Medvedi and currently works in Novokuznetsk with junior players.

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