|2019-20 KHL season|
|League||Kontinental Hockey League|
|Duration||1 September 2019 - 12 March 2020|
|Number of games||62|
|Number of teams||24|
|Continental Cup winner||CSKA Moscow|
The 2019-20 KHL season was the twelfth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. There were 24 teams that competed in 62 regular season games. The season began with the Opening Cup on 1 September 2019, and the regular championship ran until 27 February 2020. The playoffs were scheduled to take place from 1 March through until 30 April. The All-Star Weekend took place over 18-19 January 2020.
The Russian Hockey Federation declared CSKA Moscow the Russian champions, SKA Saint Petersburg and Ak Bars Kazan silver medalists, and Dynamo Moscow bronze medalists based on regular season standings.
For the 2019-20 season, the KHL originally announced that all 25 teams from the 2018-19 would return and continue without any changes to Divisions realignments. However the competition was reduced to 24 teams after Slovak based, HC Slovan Bratislava, announced that they would be withdrawing from the KHL to return to the Slovak Extraliga due to financial restrictions on 27 May 2019. With Slovan Bratislava's exit, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod were moved from the Eastern Conference, to the Western Conference, reversing the move of the previous season. As a result, both Conferences consisted of 12 teams.
The KHL announced the World Games project would continue for a second consecutive season with more information to be announced in July 2019. With the release of the season's schedule, new destinations of Davos, Shenzhen and Almaty were scheduled to host games.
Smart puck technology, backed up with chips in players' jerseys, was used in all KHL games in the coming season. The new technology was trialled in the All-Star Game in Kazan last season and was also used in regular season games in Helsinki. Every arena in the league installed sensors capable of collecting information from the chips 100 times a second. That information was available to various users and coaches in real time, giving-up-to-the-second details of the players' speed, the distance covered in each shift, the speed and location of each shot and much more.
The KHL is the first league in the world to implement this technology across the board.
The 24 teams were split into four divisions: the Bobrov Division and the Tarasov Division as part of the Western Conference, with the Kharlamov Division and the Chernyshev Division as part of the Eastern Conference.
|Western Conference||Eastern Conference|
|Bobrov Division||Tarasov Division||Kharlamov Division||Chernyshev Division|
|Dinamo Riga||CSKA Moscow||Ak Bars Kazan||Admiral Vladivostok|
|Dynamo Moscow||Dinamo Minsk||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg||Amur Khabarovsk|
|Jokerit||HC Sochi||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||Avangard Omsk|
|Severstal Cherepovets||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk||Barys Nur-Sultan|
|SKA Saint Petersburg||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod||Sibir Novosibirsk||Kunlun Red Star|
|Spartak Moscow||Vityaz Podolsk||Traktor Chelyabinsk||Salavat Yulaev Ufa|
Each team played 62 games, playing their divisional opponents four times, non-divisional conference rivals three times, and non-conference opponents twice.
Points were awarded for each game, where two points were awarded for all victories, regardless of whether it was in regulation time, in overtime or after game-winning shots. One point was awarded for losing in overtime or game-winning shots, and zero points for losing in regulation time. At the end of the regular season, the team that finished with the most points was crowned the Continental Cup winner.
|1||CSKA Moscow (Q, Z)||62||40||5||4||13||202||99||+103||94||Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]|
|2||SKA Saint Petersburg (Q, X)||62||30||14||5||13||179||118||+61||93|
|3||Jokerit (Q)||62||28||10||8||16||184||164||+20||84||Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs|
|4||Dynamo Moscow (Q)||62||29||8||8||17||182||144||+38||82|
|5||Spartak Moscow (Q)||62||26||8||9||19||173||143||+30||77|
|6||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Q)||62||25||9||5||23||170||151||+19||73|
|7||Vityaz Podolsk (Q)||62||19||8||11||24||137||166||−29||65|
|8||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (Q)||62||22||7||6||27||165||167||−2||64|
|9||HC Sochi (E)||62||15||10||9||28||124||164||−40||59|
|10||Severstal Cherepovets (E)||62||14||10||10||28||126||171||−45||58|
|11||Dinamo Riga (E)||62||11||6||7||38||103||187||−84||41|
|12||Dinamo Minsk (E)||62||11||3||11||37||135||232||−97||39|
|1||Ak Bars Kazan (Q, Y)||62||38||6||5||13||178||121||+57||93||Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[a]|
|2||Barys Nur-Sultan (Q, X)||62||31||7||8||16||156||137||+19||84|
|3||Avangard Omsk (Q)||62||30||7||9||16||163||120||+43||83||Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs|
|4||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (Q)||62||24||11||8||19||168||151||+17||78|
|5||Sibir Novosibirsk (Q)||62||27||7||6||22||139||143||−4||74|
|6||Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Q)||62||23||6||10||23||153||144||+9||68|
|7||Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Q)||62||20||8||9||25||138||145||−7||65|
|8||Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (Q)||62||21||7||8||26||162||158||+4||64|
|9||Amur Khabarovsk (E)||62||20||6||10||26||132||145||−13||62|
|10||Kunlun Red Star (E)||62||20||6||8||28||139||158||−19||60|
|11||Traktor Chelyabinsk (E)||62||20||5||6||31||132||161||−29||56|
|12||Admiral Vladivostok (E)||62||16||10||4||32||126||177||−51||56|
Ak Bars Kazan were the Eastern Conference regular season winners with 93 points. It was determined following a 5-3 victory over closest challengers Avangard Omsk at TatNeft Arena. CSKA Moscow were the Western Conference regular season winners, and winners of the Continental Cup with 94 points. It was determined following a 6-0 victory over HC Sochi at CSKA Arena.
The 2020 Gagarin Cup playoffs started on 1 March 2020, and were scheduled to finish no later than 25 April 2020. The top eight teams from each of the twelve-team conferences qualified for the playoffs.
On 25 March 2020, the remaining scheduled games were cancelled. The bracket below shows the position of each team at the time of the cancellation of the playoffs.
|Conference Quarter-Finals||Conference Semi-Finals||Conference Finals||Gagarin Cup Finals|
|1||Ak Bars||4||1||Ak Bars|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
Following the announcement that the season was prematurely ended on 25 March 2020, a decision of the final league standings was announced to be made at a later date. On 7 May 2020, it was announced that the eight teams that had qualified for the second round of the playoffs would be ranked ex aequo.
At the same time, the Russian Hockey Federation declared CSKA Moscow the Russian champions, SKA Saint Petersburg and Ak Bars Kazan silver medalists, and Dynamo Moscow bronze medalists based on regular season standings.
|1-8||Ak Bars Kazan|
|Salavat Yulaev Ufa|
|SKA Saint Petersburg|
|15||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod|
|18||Kunlun Red Star|
The following players led the league in points, at the conclusion of the regular season. If two or more skaters are tied (i.e. same number of points, goals and played games), all of the tied skaters are shown.
|Vadim Shipachyov||Dynamo Moscow||61||17||48||65||+34||28|
|Dmitrij Ja?kin||Dynamo Moscow||58||31||32||63||+34||75|
|Kirill Kaprizov||CSKA Moscow||57||33||29||62||+32||10|
|Linus Omark||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||59||12||42||54||-1||36|
|Nigel Dawes||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg||59||20||30||50||-5||13|
|Nikita Soshnikov||Salavat Yulaev Ufa||58||27||21||48||-2||28|
|Linden Vey||CSKA Moscow||52||13||35||48||+22||47|
|Brooks Macek||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg||61||24||22||46||-3||22|
|Lars Johansson||CSKA Moscow||23||1370:30||17||6||32||6||93.25%||1.40|
|Timur Bilyalov||Ak Bars Kazan||32||1652:14||19||4||40||8||94.34%||1.45|
|Ilya Sorokin||CSKA Moscow||40||2364:49||26||10||59||9||93.50%||1.50|
|Magnus Hellberg||SKA Saint Petersburg||26||1443:15||14||7||41||3||92.65%||1.70|
|Igor Bobkov||Avangard Omsk||48||2815:51||25||16||81||5||93.24%||1.73|
|Vasily Koshechkin||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||49||2687:12||18||20||87||6||93.31%||1.94|
|Ivan Bocharov||Dynamo Moscow||49||2638:43||26||13||87||6||93.47%||1.98|
|Alexei Krasikov||Sibir Novosibirsk||30||1403:56||10||11||47||2||93.52%||2.01|
|Evgeny Alikin||Amur Khabarovsk||40||2246:36||15||13||76||7||93.65%||2.03|
Best KHL players of each month.
|September||Alexei Melnichuk (SKA Saint Petersburg)||Mikael Wikstrand (Ak Bars Kazan)||Damir Zhafyarov (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)||Danila Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars Kazan)|
|October||Harri Säteri (Sibir Novosibirsk)||Albert Yarullin (Ak Bars Kazan)||Vadim Shipachyov (Dynamo Moscow)||Artyom Galimov (Ak Bars Kazan)|
|November||Timur Bilyalov (Ak Bars Kazan)||Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit)||Dmitrij Ja?kin (Dynamo Moscow)||Kirill Marchenko (SKA Saint Petersburg)|
|December||Jakub Ková? (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)||Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit)||Roman Starchenko (Barys Nur-Sultan)||Akim Trishin (Spartak Moscow)|
|January||Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow)||Mikko Lehtonen (Jokerit)||Anton Slepyshev (CSKA Moscow)||Ivan Morozov (CSKA Moscow)|
|February||Ivan Fedotov (Traktor Chelyabinsk)||Vasili Tokranov (SKA Saint Petersburg)||Kirill Kaprizov (CSKA Moscow)||Dmitri Voronkov (Ak Bars Kazan)|
The postseason starts on March 1st, and the potential 7th game of the Gagarin Cup finals is scheduled for April 25th.