Prior to Thursday’s official closing ceremony, the directors of the league’s clubs met with representatives of the KHL.

In the first part of the meeting, KHL president Alexei Morozov summarized the results of the season on and off the ice.

Of 672 scheduled games in the regular season, 572 were played. In total, 847 players took part, 162 of whom made their debuts. Scoring remains consistently high, at an average of 5.24 goals per game. That’s the third most productive season, with the record established in 2010-2011 at 5.57 goals per game. Despite the challenges posed by the on-going issues around the pandemic, the league managed to stage the playoffs in full without shortening any series.

For the first time in the history of the Gagarin Cup, every round had at least one seven-game series. In addition, 70% of playoff games were settled by a margin of one or two goals – highlighting the enhanced competitiveness of the league. Against that background, there was no slowdown in scoring: both the total number of goals (401) and the average (5.28 per game) were the third highest totals in KHL history. Lokomotiv and CSKA played the second longest game in playoff history (126 minutes, 34 seconds) while Metallurg and Avangard traded 51 goals in the most productive playoff series in the KHL era.

Unified fan database

The league continued to work on this project with our clubs for the third season. Sixteen teams are now involved, some of them still in the process of fully joining up. The system now incorporates details of 1.5 million users, up 18% from last season; more than 1.3 million of those contacts have agreed to receive communications from the KHL and / or its clubs.

Every year sees greater efforts on behalf of the clubs and the league to communicate with these users: last season, more than 25 million electronic messages were distributed. Half of them came direct from clubs, which doubled the number of e-mails sent. Most clubs are seeing an increase in ticket and merchandise sales via online stores.

Salary cap

In the 2021-2022 season, all the KHL’s clubs complied with the hard salary cap. The gap between clubs in terms of their wage budgets has reduced from fourfold to threefold; prior to the cap, it was sevenfold.

Contracts for junior players (under 21s) are not counted towards the cap. The clubs most eager to take advantage of this concession were SKA, Avtomobilist, Sochi and Amur.

Club rankings

The KHL unveiled its new ranking for the achievements of clubs over the past three seasons – 2021-2022, 2020-2021 and 2019-2020. Admiral returned to the KHL after a one-year absence and its score was based on 2019-2020 and 2021-2022. The figures showed that last season, Severstal achieved the greatest sporting success proportional to the club’s budget.

Jokerit was the top-ranked team based on last season’s figures, while Metallurg, Severstal and Traktor enjoyed the biggest improvements. Further details about the parameters for evaluating clubs’ activities will be released later.

Place Club
1. (0) Jokerit
2. (+8) Metallurg
3. (0) CSKA
4. (0) SKA
5. (-3) Avangard
6. (-1) Ak Bars
7. (0) Salavat Yulaev
8. (+6) Severstal
9. (+7) Traktor
10. (-4) Avtomobilist
11. (-2) Lokomotiv
12. (+1) Sibir
13. (-1) Torpedo
14. (-3) Dynamo Moscow
15. (0) Spartak
16. (-8) Barys
17. (+3) Dynamo Mn
18. (0) Neftekhimik
19. (-2) Vityaz
20. (+2) Amur
21. (-2) Dinamo R
22. (-1) HC Sochi
23. (0) Admiral
24. (-1) Kunlun Red Star

Arena inspections

Prior to the start of the 2021-2022 season the league inspected the home arenas of every club to ensure they met the standards laid down in the KHL’s technical regulations. During the course of the regular season and before the playoffs there were follow-up checks. The league’s staff were in constant contact with clubs and arena managers to deal with any problems and agree on any upgrades needed for club infrastructure and sporting facilities.

Additional regulations were added, making it possible to control cooling systems, ventilation systems, water treatment and other technical aspects of sports facilities. As a result, there was not one complaint about the quality of the ice during the 2021-2022 season. Improvements in the video goal system made it easier to resolve contentious passages of play during games.

League stats

For the 2021-2022 season the KHL introduced a new position – stats commissar. His responsibilities include preparing the stats teams to work at games and coordinating their activities. The new role proved successful: thanks to the statistical commissar, data from KHL games was more accurate and more timely.

Officiating

The KHL appointed 38 referees and 34 linesmen to officiate at regular season games. In 572 regular season games, 85 involved a rookie referee and 83 had linesmen with less than three years’ experience.

In the playoffs, the KHL used 24 refs and 26 linesmen. They were selected on the basis of their performance during the regular season, as assessed by inspectors and a survey of staff at the KHL’s Officiating department and their counterparts at the Russian Hockey Federation.

In addition to training and preparing officials, the League established a system to analyse the work of our officials based on information from the FHR’s video review teams and information from inspectors within the unified ratings system. A dossier was compiled for each official, bringing together analysis of their decisions in individual games, their work over the course of the season, analysis of games from both teams, analysis of individual decisions and analysis of video reviews in games.

Health and anti-doping

Due to the pandemic, the League organized a range of events during the 2021-2022 season as part of the battle to control the spread of coronavirus at sports venues. Before the season we finalized our Covid protocols in partnership with Russia’s Public Health Watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor.

In order to respond promptly to infections, the League carried out screening tests at clubs using PCR and IG tests. More than 43,000 tests were carried out during the season. Throughout the whole period, fewer than 2% of those tested (261 people) returned positive results. Thanks to this screening process, clubs were able to quickly isolate cases from the team – including asymptomatic cases.

The league continues its efforts to improve medical services at games and prevent doping violations. The KHL is the only pro sports league in Russia that conducts its own, independent anti-doping activities. Our tests revealed one doping violation last season.

In September 2021, we signed a memorandum with the IIHF on direct cooperation on doping control during the 2021-2022 season. Throughout the season we conducted 304 tests with the IIHF.

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