Dynamo Moscow: KHL Champions

Dynamo Moscow, the KHL squad that Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom both played for during the NHL lockout, defeated Traktor Chelyabinsk 3-2 in overtime to secure a championship win in game 6 of the Gagarin Cup finals, taking the hardware home for the second straight year.

Dynamo Moscow was easily the top team during the playoffs, defeating Slovan Bratislava in four games, CSKA Moscow in five, SKA St. Petersburg six and of course, Traktor Chelyabinsk in six.

The team was founded in 1946 and belonged to the Dynamo Moscow sports club. They won their first Soviet hockey championship in 1946–47, beating Spartak Moscow in the finals. Coached by Arkady Chernyshev during the first decades of their history Dynamo established themselves as one one of the top teams of the Soviet hockey league. Throughout the Soviet era, Dynamo was among the top 3 teams almost every season winning five championships and three USSR Cups. The last few years of the Soviet hockey championship and the beginning of the IHL period were marked with Dynamo winning fours seasons in a row and ending CSKA Moscow dominance that lasted for decades. In total, the squad has won 25 Russian hockey championships over the years.

The club finished with a 36-14-2 record in 52 matches this season.

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