HK Riga 2000
|HK Riga 2000|
|history||HK Riga 2000 (2000-2009)|
|Location||Riga , Latvia|
|Club colors||yellow black|
|Venue||Inbox.lv ledus hall|
The HK Riga 2000 was an ice hockey club of the city of Riga in Latvia , which existed between 2000 and 2009. The club's home games were played in the Inbox.lv ledus hall , which can accommodate 1,000 spectators.
The club was founded in 2000 in the tradition of Juniors Riga and its predecessor club Dinamo Riga (1940–1995) and thus continues the long history of ice hockey in Riga. Until the dissolution of the East European Hockey League , the club participated in this and reached the EEHL runner-up in 2001 and 2002. In addition to participating in the EEHL, HK Riga 2000 has dominated the Latvian ice hockey league since it was founded . In the seasons 2004/05 and 2005/06 he also took part in the Belarusian extra league . There they reached third place in 2006, making them the first non-Belarusian team that could advance into the top three of the league. After the Belarusian league became a closed league again for the 2006/07 season, HK Riga played again exclusively in the Latvian league in 2000 and again became champions in 2007.
Since the reopening of the Belarusian league for the 2008/09 season, HK Riga 2000 took part in this again, with the play-offs being played separately to determine the respective national champions. The association also had a cooperation agreement with the KHL participant Dinamo Riga and acted as its farm team between 2008 and 2009 . Due to financial problems, the club dissolved in the summer of 2009. Many former players then switched to Dinamo Riga's new farm team, the Dinamo Juniors Riga .
The team became Latvian champions five times (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007). Only in 2002 and 2003 they lost to the HK Liepājas Metalurgs in the final . In the 2005/06 and 2007/08 seasons , the team came second in the IIHF Continental Cup . In addition, the club won the EEHL runner-up in 2001 and 2002.
Well-known former players
Blocked jersey numbers
- 33 Sergejs Žoltoks - former HK Riga 2000 NHL player who died of sudden heart failure during a game for Riga in the 2003/04 season. His number has not been given to HK Riga 2000 players since then.
- Official website ( Memento from June 19, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (Latvian)