Lada Tolyatti

Country Russian Federation Russian Federation
City Togliatti
Founded 1976
Leagues
Kontinental Hockey League

Lada Tolyatti is a professional ice hockey club based in Togliatti, Russia. As of 2009, it is a member of the Kharlamov division in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Team colors for Lada Tolyatti are blue, red and white.

The ice hockey club was founded in 1976; back then the team was known as Torpedo Togliatti. In the same year they played their first match against Deizelist Penza, the match ended in a tie (3:3).

In 1990, the team hired Gennadiy Tsigurov as their head coach. By 1991, the team has already joined the highest division of the Soviet Hockey League. They won the Russian Championships in April 1994 making them the first ice hockey team from outside Moscow to do so. That same year, the team won aw silver medal at the European cup debut. A year later, in 1995, the team came in second at the Spengler Cup; they lost the championship to the Canadian National Team.

The team won their second Russian Championships in 1996. It was also in 1996 that the team won their first gold medal at the European Cup. In 2003, Lada Tolyatti, took home the bronze price at the Russian Superleauge. In 2006, Lada Tolyatti, successfully becomes the first Russian team to win the IHF Continental Cup. In 2008, they joined the Russian Superleague as it was converted into the KHL.

Notable Lada Tolyatti alumni include Ilya Bryzgalov, Andrei Kovalenko and Alexei Kovalev.

The Volgar Sports Palace, an indoor sports arena located in Togliatti, serves as the home ice for Lada Tolyatti. The sports palace has an estimated capacity of 2,900 people. In 2009, the sports palace is to be relaxed by the 10,000 seat arena, known as the Lasa Arena. Once the Lada Arena is completed, it will serve as the new home of the Lada Tolyatti ice hockey team.

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