HK Sokil Kiev
|HK Sokil Kiev
ХК Сокіл Київ
Dinamo Kyiv (1963–1973)
Sokol Kyiv (1973–1992)
Sokil-Eskulap Kyiv (1992–1993)
HK Sokol Kyiv (since 1993)
|Location||Kiev , Ukraine|
|Club colors||dark blue, light blue, white|
|league||Professional hockey league|
|Venue||Kiev Sports Palace|
|executive Director||Vyacheslav Savalnyuk|
|Head coach||Aleksandr Godynyuk|
|2013/14||3rd place (main round), playoff semifinals|
The HK Sokil Kiev ( Ukrainian ХК Сокіл Київ / HK Sokil Kyjiw ; Russian ХК Сокол Ки́ев ) is a Ukrainian ice hockey club from Kiev , whose men's team last played in the Ukrainian ice hockey league until 2014 . For several years the team took part in the East European Hockey League (EEHL) and the Belarusian Extra League . The club plays its home games in the Kiev Sports Palace , which can seat 7,200 spectators.
The club was founded in 1963 as Dinamo Kiev and used this name until 1973. In 1970, the first team rose from the highest Soviet league to the second division. From 1977 Anatoli Bogdanow took over the coaching position at Sokol and in 1979 led the team back to the first Soviet league. In 1985 the club finished third in the Soviet championship and stayed in this league until 1992. 1986 reached Sokol also the final of the Spengler Cup .
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the club was initially called Sokil Eskulap ( Ukrainian Сокіл-Ескулап , Russian Сокол-Эскулап ), before returning to the old name in 1993. Between 1995 and 2004 Sokol took part in the EEHL and won its championship in 1998 and 1999. After the dissolution of the EEHL in 2004, the club took part in the open Belarusian extra league until 2007, before joining the Russian Wysschaya League in 2007. In the course of the introduction of the Continental Hockey League , the HK Sokol Kiev was named as a possible expansion team for the 2009/10 season.
For the 2011/12 season , HK Sokol Kiev was accepted as a founding member in the first-ever new top Ukrainian league, the Professional Hockey League .
From 2013 the club had massive financial problems, so that during the 2013/14 season player salaries were not paid, the players went on strike and therefore many games were counted for not appearing. The men's team stopped playing in the summer of 2014.
The club has won the Ukrainian championship twelve times - in 1993, 1995, 1997 to 1999, 2003 to 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2002 it was runner-up. In addition, the team won the EEHL in 1998 and 1999 and the Tampere Cup in 1989 .
Well-known former players
- Dmytro Chrystytsch (1985–1991, World Champion 1990 )
- Ruslan Fedotenko (1995–1996)
- Jurij Navarenko (1998-2001, 2004-2006, 2008-2009)
- Wadym Kulabuchow (1988-1993)
- Vitaly Lachmatov
- Alexei Schitnik (1989–1991)
- Valery Schyrjajew
- Mikhail Tatarinov (World Champion 1990)
- ↑ hockey.org.ua, Украинские клубы в высшей лиге чемпионатов СССР ( Memento from October 20, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
- ^ Project: Martin Formánek: Companion-Naftogaz wins Ukraine League. In: eurohockey.com. March 14, 2014, accessed April 4, 2019 .
- ↑ hockeyarchives.ru, Чемпионаты Украины