Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk is a professional ice hockey team based in Nizhnekamsk, Tatarstan, which is a Russian federal subject. As of 2009, they are a member of the Cherynshev Division in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Team colors for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk are blue, black and white. Their logo depicts as stylized ‘HX’.
Founded on October 1968, the team has been nicknamed the ‘Petrochemists’. The SCC Arena, which can seat up t 5,500 people serves as home ice for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. The SCC Arena, also known as the Neftekhimik Ice Palace is located in Nizhnekamsk, Russia. It is an indoor sporting arena.
When it was founded in 1968, the team was a member of the Soviet League. They became a member of the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1992 to 1994 and again between 1995 and 1996. In the 1994-1995 Season, the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk team won the Vysshaya Liga and this helped them move on to the Russian Hockey League in 1996.
From 1999 to 2008, they were a member of the Russian Superleague. In 2008, they were one of the first 24 teams to join the KHL when it was created. As of 2009, the team continues to be member of the Chernyshev division in the KHL.
Other wins for the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk include the Tampere Cup in 2002. They also won the silver medal for the TASSR Cup in 1979.
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk is the former home of Mikhail Grabovsky, who was drafted into the NH team the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As of 2009, Vladimir Krikunov is the head coach for the team and Rafik Yakubov serves as the general manager.
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