Traktor Chelyabinsk is one of the oldest Hockey clubs in Russia. They have gone through a couple of renaming since their establishment in 1947. The Traktors have also had a number of club achievements with their most recent being their 2018 Bronze Medal placement for the Kontinental Hockey League Championships.
The Traktor’s were founded as the Dzerzhinets on December 27, 1947. It was under the initiative of Isaak Zaltsman, who at that time was the director of the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant. The first team was coached by Viktor Vasiliev.
The team’s first official match was held on the first of January 1948. In the same year, they won the USSR Championship for Group II.
Avangard to Traktor Chelyabinsk
Sometime between 1953 and 1954, the team’s name was changed to Avangard. They played their first international match around this time. In around 1958, they changed their name again to their current one - Traktor Chelyabinsk.
It better reflected their origins and they held the name of the city they are based in.
The 20th Century
Some of the club’s achievements in the 20th century include Winning the 1968 USSR Championship for Group II, Class-A. In 1973, they were finalists for both the Spengler Cup and the USSR Cup. In 1977, they won the bronze at the USSR Championship.
They made their mark internationally when they won the bronze medal at the 1993 International Hockey League Championship. A year later, they again won the bronze at the same event.
The 21st Century to the Present
Some of the club’s achievements in the 21st century include winning the Continent Cup in 2012. In the same year, they won the bronze at the Kontinental Hockey League Championship. A year later, they were the winners of the Eastern Conference Cup.
One of their latest achievements in the 21st century came in 2018 when they took home the bronze at that year’s Hockey League Championship.
- 1948–1965, 1968–1992 - Soviet LeagueClass A
- 1965–1968 - Soviet League Class A2
- 1992–1996 - International HockeyLeague (IHL)
- 1996–1999, 2006–2008 - RussianSuperleague
- 1999–2006 - Vysshaya Liga
- 2008–present - Kontinental HockeyLeague (KHL)
- 1948–1953 - Dzerzhinets
- 1954–58 - Avangard
- 1958–present - Traktor Chelyabinsk