SKA Saint Petersburg is a professional ice hockey team based in St Petersburg Russia. ‘SKA’ means the ‘Army Sports Club’. The team was established in 1946 and the Ice Palace in St Petersburg serves as their home ice. The palace has the capacity to hold 12,300 people. Team colors are red and blue. The nickname for the team is ‘Bomzhi’, which translates into English as Tramps. The team was originally known as SKA Leningrad. The team is considered to be the leading ice hockey team in St Petersburg. As of 2009, the team is a member of the Tarasov Division in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
In 1971 and in 1987, team SKA Saint Petersburg took second in the USSR Championships. They placed as semi-finalists at the International Hockey League in 1994. They won the Spengler Cup in 1970, 1971 and in 1977. They were also 5-times champions of the Russian Armed Forces Cup. From 2002 to 2003, the team won the bronze price at a tournament hosted by the Lenigrad Region Armed Forces. In the same year range, the team won 10th place at the Superleague Championships.
A number of Russian world and Olympic champions played for the SKA Saint Petersburg. Notable SKA Saint Petersburg alumni include Nokolai Drozdetsky, Yan Golubovsky, Alexei Kasatonov, and Jan Lasak. Drozdetsky was a right winger who started his career with SKA Saint Petersburg. He later moved to CSKA Moscow and was named MVP of the Soviet Elite Team in 1984. Golubovsky is a Russian ice hockey player that turned pro in 1993, was drafted into the NHL in North America and played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Florida Panthers. In recent years, several members of the team were also part of the Russian National Team.