Dinamo Riga

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Dinamo Riga
Rīgas Dinamo
Dinamo Riga Logo.svg
City Riga, Latvia
League Kontinental Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Bobrov
Founded 2008
Home arena Arēna Rīga
(capacity: 10,300)
President Juris Savickis
General manager Ģirts Ankipāns
Head coach Ģirts Ankipāns
Captain Gints Meija
Affiliate(s) HK Rīga (MHL)
HK Liepāja (LHL)
Website www.dinamoriga.lv
Jerseys for 2017/2018season
Current season

Dinamo Riga (Latvian: Rīgas Dinamo) is a professional ice hockey team based in Riga, Latvia. It is a member of the Bobrov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Dinamo Riga is one of the six KHL teams that are not located in the Russian Federation. The club has an affiliated club HK Rīga, which plays in the MHL.

The club was re-founded on 7 April 2008 as a successor of a former hockey team (also named "Dinamo Riga"), which was founded in 1946, but ceased to exist in 1995. Since being re-established, Dinamo Riga plays their home games at the Arēna Rīga, which can accommodate attendance of 10,300 spectators.


The club was re-founded on 7 April 2008 and among the founders of the club were Guntis Ulmanis, Kirovs Lipmans, Aigars Kalvītis, Juris Savickis, Viesturs Koziols and others. However, on 27 May, Latvian Ice Hockey Federation president Kirovs Lipmans stepped out of the project because of a possible clash of interests.[1] After the first season, Viesturs Koziols also left the project.[2]

Július Šupler became the first head coach of the club.[3] For the first two seasons, he was assisted by Miroslav Miklošovič and Artis Ābols, but in 2010, Viktors Ignatjevs replaced Miklošovič. On 27 April 2011, the new head coach, Pekka Rautakallio, was announced.

In the first season of the franchise, the team was led by players like Masaļskis, Prusek, Westcott, Ņiživijs, Hossa and others. After 2008-09, forward Aigars Cipruss decided to retire and instantly became the manager of Dinamo Riga's farm club, Dinamo-Juniors Riga. The team finished the regular season in tenth position, higher than anyone would have predicted before the start of the season. However, in the first round of the league playoffs, Dinamo lost to Dynamo Moscow 0–3, which later advanced to the Gagarin Cup semifinals.

Following the first season, Dinamo managed to sign legendary Sandis Ozoliņš, as well as Jānis Sprukts, Mārtiņš Karsums and others. The team finished the regular season in eighth place of the Western Conference, which qualified them for the playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, Dinamo faced SKA Saint Petersburg with players like Zubov, Cajanek, Sushinsky and Yashin on the roster. Still, Dinamo managed to beat SKA 3-1 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals. In the semifinals, Dinamo was defeated by later Gagarin Cup finalist HC MVD 1-4.

Dinamo Riga's match against Barys Astana at the Arēna Rīga in 2008.

In December 2009, it was announced that 15 players from Dinamo Riga would be on the 2010 Olympic roster for Latvia's Ice Hockey team. Mārtiņš Karsums was then added to Dinamo Riga in January 2010; along with Marcel Hossa representing Slovakia, 17 players in all from the club played in the Olympics.

After his league-leading performance, Marcel Hossa signed a 2-year contract with the then-current KHL champions Ak Bars Kazan. Martin Kariya signed a 2-year contract with Swiss NLA's HC Ambri-Piotta. New players signed during the off-season include Tomáš Surový, Brock Trotter, Mikael Tellqvist, and the returning Mark Hartigan. Július Šupler resumed his post as the head coach.

The team finished the season in seventh place in the Western Conference and thirteenth in the league, as the team qualified to the playoffs. In the first round, their opponents were Dynamo Moscow. Dinamo won the series 4-2, advancing to the next round and facing Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Dinamo lost the series 1-4.

As of the end of the third season, head coach Július Šupler left the team to be the coach of CSKA Moscow. On April 27, 2011, Dinamo signed Pekka Rautakallio for the head coach position. Also, all the foreign players with no active contracts left the team to play somewhere else. Brock Trotter also left using his chance to play in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens.

Dinamo signed numerous new players for the upcoming season, from Latvia: Mārtiņš Cipulis, Māris Jučers and for probationary period: Kristiāns Pelšs, Armands Bērziņš and foreign players: Jamie Lundmark, Niclas Lucenius, Björn Melin, Fredrik Warg. Soon, however, Melin was fired. During the season, the team added also Jakub Šindel, Ville Nieminen, and Marcel Hossa to its roster, but Jakub Šindel and Ville Nieminen also got fired.


Apart from Itera, which is one of the owners of the team, Dinamo Riga sponsors include companies such as Aldaris, LDZ Cargo, Skonto Būve among others.

Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last ten seasons completed by Dinamo Riga. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Dinamo Riga seasons.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTW OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2008–09 56 24 23 5 4 86 132 156 2nd, Kharlamov Lost in First Round, 0–3 (Dynamo Moscow)
2009–10 56 23 22 4 7 84 174 175 5th, Bobrov Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (MVD)
2010–11 54 20 20 7 7 81 160 149 4th, Bobrov Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2011–12 54 24 5 4 23 86 132 156 3rd, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)
2012–13 52 13 31 4 4 51 109 151 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify (won Nadezhda Cup)
2013–14 54 22 16 11 5 93 141 122 3rd, Bobrov Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Donbass Donetsk)
2014–15 60 22 30 3 5 77 136 160 5th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2015–16 60 17 34 8 8 75 129 151 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2016–17 60 11 34 10 5 58 116 158 7th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2017–18 56 9 31 7 9 50 105 153 6th, Bobrov Did not qualify
2018–19 - - - - - - - - ?th, Bobrov ?


Current roster

Updated 7 May 2017[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
4 Lithuania Nerijus Ališauskas D R 27 2017 Elektrėnai, Lithuania
26 Latvia Uvis Balinskis D L 21 2016 Ventspils, Latvia
11 Latvia Oskars Batņa C L 23 2017 Riga, Latvia
96 Latvia Māris Bičevskis C/RW L 26 2012 Riga, Soviet Union
58 Latvia Guntis Galviņš D L 32 2015 Talsi, Soviet Union
49 Latvia Emīls Ģēģeris W L 18 2017 Riga, Latvia
81 Canada Colton Gillies C/RW L 29 2016 White Rock, British Columbia
23 Latvia Aleksandrs Jerofejevs (A) D L 34 2014 Riga, Soviet Union
94 Latvia Edgars Kulda LW L 23 2015 Riga, Latvia
97 Latvia Roberts Lipsbergs LW L 23 2016 Riga, Latvia
88 Canada Brandon McMillan LW/C L 28 2017 Delta, British Columbia
87 Latvia Gints Meija (C) RW L 30 2008 Riga, Soviet Union
20 Latvia Antons Naumovs G L 20 2017 San Diego, California
79 Latvia Vitalijs Pavlovs C/RW L 29 2015 Riga, Soviet Union
18 Latvia Georgijs Pujacs D L 37 2016 Riga, Soviet Union
41 Latvia Frenks Razgals W L 21 2015 Riga, Latvia
19 Latvia Miķelis Rēdlihs RW L 34 2014 Riga, Soviet Union
13 Latvia Gunārs Skvorcovs RW L 28 2015 Saldus, Soviet Union
3 Canada Karl Stollery D L 30 2017 Camrose, Alberta
7 Latvia Kristaps Zīle D L 20 2016 Riga, Latvia

Retired numbers

The team have retired one number in their history.

Dinamo Riga retired numbers
No. Player Position Career
8 Sandis Ozoliņš D 2009–2012, 2013–2014

Team captains

First-round draft picks

Head coaches

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed KHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

     = current Dinamo player

Franchise records

Regular season


NHL alumni

Franchise history


Event Date Details
First KHL match (and first win) 2 September 2008 4–2 win at Amur Khabarovsk
First KHL home match (and first home win) 11 September 2008 2–1 win vs HC MVD
First KHL play-off match 1 March 2009 0–4 loss at Dynamo Moscow
First KHL play-off match won 10 March 2010 2–0 win at SKA Saint Petersburg
First KHL play-off series won 14 March 2010 3–1 series win vs SKA Saint Petersburg

KHL awards and trophies

Nadezhda Cup

Attendance at Arēna Rīga

Home attendance at Arēna Rīga:[5]

Home attendance at Arēna Rīga
Season Average
2008–09 6,817
2009–10 7,506
2010–11 7,619
2011–12 7,733
2012–13 6,220
2013–14 8,083
2014–15 5,941
2015–16 5,780
2016–17 4,457
2017–18 5,548


  1. ^ "Lipmans izstājies no a/s "Rīgas Dinamo"". esports.lv.  (in Latvian)
  2. ^ "Koziols: "Par paveikto nekaunos"". esports.lv.  (in Latvian)
  3. ^ "Šuplers apstiprināts".  (in Latvian)
  4. ^ "Sastāvs un komandas vadība". www.dinamoriga.lv (in Latvian). Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Riga Dynamo Yearly Attendance Graph hockeyDB.com

External links

  • Official website
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