SKA Hockey Club thanks defensemen Artyom Zub and Andrei Zubarev and forwards Jarno Koskiranta, Alexander Barabanov and Jori Lehtera for their efforts in Saint Petersburg. Their respective contracts with the club have expired and they will not play for SKA next season.
HC SKA wishes all of them luck for the future!
Alexander Barabanov progressed through the SKA system, subsequently winning the KHL Gagarin Cup twice. He won the 2018 Olympic Games and two World Championship bronze medals with the senior Russian national team. Overall, Alexander made 330 competitive appearances for the main SKA team, registering 160 (73+87) points.
Artyom Zub joined SKA from Amur Khabarovsk during the triumphant 2016/2017 campaign, helping our club win the Gagarin Cup. He also earned gold at the 2018 Olympic Games and two World Championship bronze medals. Artyom tallied 48 (16+32) points in 212 SKA matches.
Jarno Koskiranta penned a contract with SKA in the summer of 2015. Two years later, the Finn became a KHL champion with the Saint Petersburg-based organisation, while on the international scene he was a silver medalist of the 2016 World Championship in Russia. He earned 114 (67+47) points in 311 official games for SKA.
Andrei Zubarev also joined SKA before the 2015/2016 season began. In the 2016/2017 campaign, he was a member of the team which won the Gagarin Cup and Russian championship, before he then became an Olympic champion in February 2018. Andrei is also a winner of the 2014 World Championship with the national team. In 215 SKA matches, he contributed with 28 (3+25) points.
Jori Lehtera, a bronze medalist of the 2014 Olympic Games and a silver medalist of the 2014 World Championship, moved to SKA ahead of the 2019/2020 season. He recorded 30 (15+15) points in 51 matches.