Former Rattler Signs with HK Sochi (KHL)June 20th, 2018 at 11:55AM June 20th, 2018 5:19PM
Sochi, Russia- Former Bradford Rattler Artyom Podshendyalov has signed with HK Sochi, which is apart of the KHL, the top league in Russia!
Podshendyalov joined the Rattlers for the 2009-2010 season, and is considered to be the best player to have played for the Rattlers franchise. Podshendyalov was an offensive force for the Rattlers and had the natural ability to score game in and game out. Podshendyalov took the league by storm posting 62 Goals 62 Assists for 124 Assists in 42 Regular Season Games Played. Podshendyalov set multiple franchise records that year, including Most Goals Per Season (62), Most Points Per Season (124), and Most Points Per Game in One Season (2.952). This incredible season caught the eyes of many teams at the professional level, including long-time friend of the Rattlers Al Sims, then coaching the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL.
Podshendyalov signed a two-year contract with the Komets straight out of the GMHL, and after an impressive rookie year improved in his second year in the ECHL. Podshendyalov put up close to a point per a game in the ECHL in the 2011-2012 season posting 18 Goals 25 Assists for 43 Points in 58 Regular Season Games Played. The Komets would go on to win the ECHL Championship for the 2011-2012 season, including Podshendyalov. After his contract with the Komets ended, Podshendyalov decided to return home to Russia to play hockey, and signed a contract in the VHL, the affiliate league of the KHL. After two years in the VHL, Podshendyalov finally cracked the KHL in 2014-2015 playing seven games. Podshendyalov impressed in those seven games played and was signed to the KHL the following year. Podshendyalov had his career best year in the KHL in 2015-2016 posting 16 Goals 15 Assists for 31 Points in 58 Regular Season Games Played. This earned the attention around the league, and Podshendyalov soon signed a two-year deal with one of the top KHL teams in the league, Dynamo Moskva. Podshendyalov spent a full year with Dynamo Moskva for the 2016-2017 season but only spent half the season with them the following year before being traded to Spartak Moskva. Overall, he posted 7 Goals 8 Assists for 15 Points in 55 Games Played. Podshendyalov entered the free agency this summer, and now he has found his team for the next season in HK Sochi. This will be Podshendyalov’s ninth year playing professional hockey, two in the ECHL, three in the VHL, and four in the KHL.
The ECHL, VHL, and KHL are some of the top leagues in the world, the ECHL being affiliated to the AHL/NHL, and the KHL being thought of as the second best league in the world, with the VHL being it’s affiliate. Alumni from these leagues include NHL players, such as: Mike Hoffman (ECHL), Cal O’Reilly (VHL), and Alexander Ovechkin (KHL). We are proud to see Podshendyalov continue to have success at the highest professional levels of hockey and we wish him all of the best next season with HK Sochi!