Amur Khabarovsk is a professional ice hockey team based in Khabarovsk, Russia. They were founded in 1966 and as 2009, they are a member of the Kharlamov Division in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Team colors for Amur Khabarovsk are blue and white. The team logo depicts a stylized image with the initials AMYP underneath.
The team is based in Khabarovsk, Russia and their team name translates into English as ‘Cupid Khabarovsk. It is, however, taken from the name of the local river in the area, the Amur. The Platinum Arena, with a capacity of 7,100 serves as home ice for Amur Khabarovsk. The team is popularly known as ‘The Tigers’.
When it was founded, Amur Khabarovsk, was known as SKA Khabarovsk. The current name was not adopted until 1996. The team’s location in Khabarovsk makes it rather isolated from the rest of the teams in the KHL. The nearest team is the Mettalurg Magnitogorsk and they are based around 3,000 km away. As a result, team rivalries are difficulty to establish. Still, Amur Khabarovsk remains popular among the local residents. The team has one of the best home crowd attendances. Their home crowds are estimated to average at 7,100, which mean that the Platinum Arena more or less sells out every game.
The team has not won any Russian Championships. They are, however, successful in the local hockey scene. In 1989, the team won the championship for the Soviet League Division 3. This helped promote them to a higher level. As of 2008, the team was noted for being one of the 24 founding teams in the KHL. Amur Khabarovsk was one of the players in the KHL’s inaugural games. They played against Dinamo Riga, which also belongs to the Kharlamov Division of the KHL.
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