Two former Bakersfield Condors have won the 2018 Gagarin Cup, which is presented to the Kontinental Hockey League champion. Rob Klinkhammer and Anton Lander, who both played for the Condors in the past, were both members of the Ak Bars Kazan, which won the KHL championship on Sunday.
In the 2018 Gagarin Cup Finals, Ak Bars Kazan beat CSKA four games to one in the best out of seven series. In game five of the series, a 1-0 win by Ak Bars Kazan, Klinkhammer came up big as he scored the only goal of the game.
The KHL is considered as the best professional hockey league outside of North America and is comprised of 19 teams from Russia, and one each from Finland, Belarus, Slovakia, China, Kazakhstan and Latvia. In the 2017-18 KHL regular season, Lander was second on the Bars in scoring with 38 points in 54 games. He also led Ak Bars Kazan with 29 assists. Klinkhammer meanwhile had seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points in 42 games, and won a bronze medal for Canada in men's hockey at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In the 2018 KHL playoffs, Lander had eight goals and five assists for 13 points and Klinkhammer had three goals and five assists for eight points.
Lander played one season for the Condors in 2016-17. In 42 games, he had 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points. Klinkhammer played for the Condors in the 2015-16 American Hockey League season. In 27 games, he had 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points.