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Kostin wins KHL championship

by Elise Butler / St. Louis Blues

Blues prospect Klim Kostin can now add Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) champion to his hockey resume. Kostin helped Avangard Omsk claim the franchise's first Gagarin Cup on Wednesday, defeating CSKA Moscow in six games in the best-of-seven Final. 

Tweet from @khl_eng: 🏆 @klimkostin24 ��� 2021 Gagarin Cup Champion!

The Russian forward registered 9 points (5g, 4a), a +5 plus/minus rating, and 99 hits in 24 postseason games. His two-point performance (1g, 1a) in Game 4 of the Final helped his team claim an OT win and tie the series at two games apiece.

Tweet from @khl_eng: Avangard is good at perfect tic-tac-toe's.#GagarinCupFinal

The Blues assigned Kostin to Avangard in September. He had 18 points (7g, 11a) with a +6 plus/minus rating and 50 penalty minutes in 43-regular season games. 

With the KHL season now concluded, Kostin will be eligible to return to St. Louis and join the Blues. He would be subject to the NHL's quarantine protocols before joining the team.

Kostin was drafted by St. Louis in the first round (No. 31 overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft. He played in four regular-season games for the Blues in the 2019-20 season, posting one goal. In three seasons with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage, Kostin has posted 29 goals and 53 assists (82 points) in 181 games.

Tweet from @khl_eng: We have new champion! Avangard Omsk wins first Gagarin Cup in franchise history!

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