Dinamo Riga

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Dinamo Riga
Dinamo Riga Logo.svg
City Riga, Latvia
League Kontinental Hockey League
Founded 2008
Home arena Arēna Rīga
(capacity: 10,000)
Affiliate(s) HK Rīga (MHL)
Website www.dinamoriga.lv
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2019/2020 season

Dinamo Riga (Latvian : Rīgas Dinamo) is a professional ice hockey team based in Riga, Latvia. It is a member of the Kontinental Hockey League. 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 Sergei Zubov, Petr Čajánek, Maxim Sushinsky and Alexei 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.

After his league-leading performance, Marcel Hossa signed a two-year contract with the then-current KHL champions Ak Bars Kazan. Martin Kariya signed a two-year contract with Swiss NLA's HC Ambrì-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.

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

2008–09 56242354861321562nd, KharlamovLost in First Round, 0–3 (Dynamo Moscow)
2009–10 56232247841741755th, BobrovLost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (MVD)
2010–11 54202077811601494th, BobrovLost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2011–12 54245423861321563rd, BobrovLost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)
2012–13 52133144511091517th, BobrovDid not qualify
2013–14 542216115931411223rd, BobrovLost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Donbass Donetsk)
2014–15 60223035771361605th, BobrovDid not qualify
2015–16 60173488751291517th, BobrovDid not qualify
2016–17 601134105581161587th, BobrovDid not qualify
2017–18 5693179501051536th, BobrovDid not qualify
2018–19 621826810621291555th, BobrovDid not qualify
2019–20 62113867411031876th, BobrovDid not qualify


Current roster

Updated 24 June 2020. [4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplace
91 Flag of Latvia.svg Daniels Bērziņš F L21 2017 Riga, Latvia
49 Flag of Latvia.svg Emīls Ģēģeris F L20 2017 Riga, Latvia
97 Flag of Latvia.svg Roberts Lipsbergs F L25 2016 Riga, Latvia
77 Flag of Latvia.svg Ernests Ošenieks D L18 2019 Riga, Latvia
72 Flag of Latvia.svg Jānis Švanenbergs F R18 2019 Riga, Latvia
99 Flag of Latvia.svg Patriks Zabusovs F L19 2019 Riga, Latvia

Retired numbers

The team has retired one number in its history.

Dinamo Riga retired numbers
8 Sandis Ozoliņš D 2009–2014

Team captains

Head coaches

Franchise records and leaders

Scoring leaders

Flag of Latvia.svg Lauris Dārziņš 506124175299-14282
Flag of Latvia.svg Miķelis Rēdlihs 581120173293-41386
Flag of Latvia.svg Miks Indrašis 3198898186+6113
Flag of Slovakia.svg Marcel Hossa 24110580185-12252
Flag of Latvia.svg Aleksandrs Niživijs 29045108153-46127
Flag of Latvia.svg Guntis Galviņš 41631112143–1230
Flag of Latvia.svg Krišjānis Rēdlihs 4493799136-13205
Flag of Latvia.svg Gints Meija 5415169120-53210
Flag of Latvia.svg Mārtiņš Karsums 1966257119+3183
Flag of Latvia.svg Jānis Sprukts 1864273115+12130

Leading goaltenders

Flag of Russia.svg Timur Bilyalov 382035:59151474493.0%2.18
Flag of Latvia.svg Jānis Kalniņš 723835:471834143492.7%2.24
Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael Tellqvist 1035880:564442232591.8%2.37
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jakub Sedláček 1267082:0941582861091.8%2.42
Flag of Sweden.svg Joacim Eriksson 341934:5391778291.9%2.42
Flag of the United States.svg Chris Holt 905246:443734214691.7%2.45
Flag of Lithuania.svg Mantas Armalis 12576:373524091.1%2.50
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Alexander Salak 321835:3881977291.2%2.52
Flag of Latvia.svg Kristers Gudļevskis 422255:16132498390.1%2.61
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Martin Prusek 553017:361826132691.6%2.62

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