The “Traktor” Ice Hockey Club was founded at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant in 1947. The team played in the Soviet and Russian championships under the names of “Dzerzhinets” (from 1948 to 1953) and “Avangard” (during the period between 1954 and 1958). The club is referred to as “Traktor” since the 1958/1959 season.
The Chelyabinsk team players made their Soviet hockey championships debut on January 1, 1948, when they participated in the Second Division tournament. During the first season the team at once gained the right to play in the First Division. The Chelyabinsk “Dzerzhinets” made its Premier Hockey League debut on December 12, 1948.
During the 1954/1955 season, the “Avangard” finished 4th in the elite league for the first time. The “Traktor” first got a victory over the famous “TsSKA” Ice Hockey Team in the 1961/1962 season. Between 1965 and 1968, “Traktor” played in the Second Division of the Soviet hockey championships. Thanks to coaches Viktor Stolyarov and Viktor Sokolov, the team returned to the First Division.
The 1970s saw a period of the “Traktor”'s highest achievements in the Soviet period of the team’s history. In 1973, the team first reached the USSR Cup Finals. The USSR Honored Coach Anatoly Kostryukov spent four seasons as the head coach with “Traktor”, helping to lead the team to the club’s first ever bronze medals in the 1976/1977 season.
The Chelyabinsk “Tractor” produced three hockey players who became World Champions as members of the Soviet National Team at the late 1970’s - early 1980’s: a forward Sergey Makarov (World Championship, 1978) and his defense partners Sergey Starikov (World Championship, 1979) and Nikolay Makarov (World Championship, 1981). Sergey Starikov and Sergey Makarov each won over 10 world and European championships and Olympic competitions with USSR Team. “Traktor”'s goaltender, Sergey Mylnikov, was named the best goalkeeper of the Soviet championship. He became a champion of the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics and won three world championships in 1986, 1989 and 1990.
The early 1990s sent the “Tractor” Ice Hockey Club into another period of extraordinary achievements. Under the leadership of Valery Belousov, one of the best forwards in the history of “Traktor”, the team won bronze in the 1993 and 1994 Russian championships two times in a row.
Starting in the 2006/2007 season, “Traktor” set out to write its contemporary history. Under the guidance of Gennady Tsygurov, the team was able to successfully manage the games of the first championship after being transferred back from the Premier League (Vysshaya Liga), and proved capable of regaining its lost position among the Russian hockey elite. In 2008, “Traktor” became a rightful participant of the KHL (Continental Hockey League) championship, and reached the playoffs again.
The other most important event that took place in the history of Chelyabinsk ice hockey during the 2008/2009 season is the “Traktor” Hockey Club’s Ice Arena grand opening. In January, 2009 out of the regional budgetary funds, the Ice Hockey Arena seating 7,500 spectators was built in Chelyabinsk, on the model of the Ice Stadium in the Moscow satellite town of Mytishchi.
Spengler Cup Finalist, 1972
USSR Cup Finalist, 1973
Bronze Prizewinner of the USSR Championship, 1977
Bronze Prizewinner of the International Hockey League (IHL) Championship, 1993
Bronze Prizewinner of the IHL Championship, 1994
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