HC Spartak Moscow
Spartak Moscow is a professional hockey club from Moscow, Russia. It is a member of the Kontinental Hockey Club (KHL), the Bobrov division. The club was established in 1946 and has been a member of the KHL since 2008. Team colors are Red and White. The team is also known by the nickname ‘Spartacus’. Their home arena is at the LDS Sokoliniki, which seats 5,000 individuals. Russian Milos Rina is the current head coach for Spartak Moscow.
Established in 1946, the Spartak Moscow had gained a strong following and a wide fan base especially because of victories that included winning the Soviet Championships four times. They also gained international notoriety when they won the Spengler Cup several times, the first in 1980 and the latest in 1990. Unfortunately, the club fell into financial hardships in 2006. Attempts to save the club fell through and management decided to disband the club for year. Spartak Moscow was reinstated in 2007 and played in the Russian Superleague.
Being one of the most successful hockey clubs in Europe, Spartak Moscow has won several championships since its establishment. These championships include four Soviet League Championships in 1962, 1967, 1969, and 1976. They have also won the Spengler Cup five times, the Ahearne Cup three times, the Stars Cup once and the Vysshaya Liga Championships three times. The team has also placed second in the Soviet League Championships 11 times.
Notable Spartak Moscow alumni include Nikolai
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