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HK Lokomotiv Moscow
ХК Локомотив Москва
HK Lokomotiv Moscow
Full name Xоккейный клуб Локомотив Москва
Founded 1947
Dissolved 1983
Based In Moscow
Arena Sokolniki Ice Palace
(Capacity: 5,530)
League Soviet
Vysshaya Liga
Pervaya Liga
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HK Lokomotiv Moscow was an ice hockey team in Moscow, Russia (then Soviet Union). They played in the Soviet Championship League, and other lower-level Soviet leagues from 1947-1983.

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1947 as part of the Lokomotiv Moscow sports club. In their first season, they took part in the Klass B, the second level of Soviet hockey. In 1949, the club won the Klass B, and was promoted to the top-tier Klass A.

Under the guidance of coach Alexander Novokreshtenov, the team finished in 12th place in the Klass A, and were relegated back to the Klass B. Midway through the 1950s, Anatoli Kostryukov became Lokomotiv's head coach. When the Klass A was expanded from 10 to 15 teams in 1955, the club returned to the league.

In the 1960-61 season, Lokomotiv finished in third place in the Klass A, the best result in their history. The trio of Viktor Yakushev, Nikolai Snetkov and Viktor Zyplakov, who also played together on the Soviet national team, were the best players on the team.Viktor Zyplakov scored 28 goals and was the leading scorer in the Klass A in 1964-65, while Viktor Yakushev was chosen for the league all-star Team.

In the late 1960s, Valentin Kosin was the team's top player, and regularly finished among the top scorers in the Klass A. After a 10th place finish in 1970, the club was relegated to the Klass B, but returned to the Klass A a year later, only to be relegated again. Lokomotiv won the international club tournament, the Spengler Cup, in the 1967 and 1969 seasons.

The 1971-72 season was the team's last in the top-tier Soviet league. They finished with only five wins in 32 games, and were relegated at season's end. From 1979-1982, while the Sokolniki Ice Palace was being renovated, Lokomotiv played its home games at the Moscow Sports Palace.

After the 1982-83 season, the ice hockey section of Lokomotiv Moscow was dissolved, due to financial issues brought on by decreasing attendance.

AchievementsEdit

  • Spengler Cup champion (2): 1967, 1969.
  • Klass B champion (2): 1949, 1971.

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