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Supreme Hockey League

Supreme Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 VHL season
Founded 2010
No. of teams 26
Countries  Russia (24 teams)
 Kazakhstan (2 teams)
Most recent champion(s) Saryarka Karagandy
Most titles Toros Neftekamsk (2)
Related competitions Kontinental Hockey League
Junior Hockey League
Official website

The Supreme Hockey League[1][2] (Russian: Высшая хоккейная лига (ВХЛ), Vysshaya hokkeinaya liga (VHL)), also known as the Major Hockey League[3][4] or Higher Hockey League (HHL),[5] is a professional ice hockey league in Eurasia, and the second highest level of Russian hockey. Though currently acting independently, plans were in place to convert it to a farm system for the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)'s 2010–11 season.[6] It was preceded by the Major League of the Russian Championship that formerly held a relegation role for the Russian Superleague, and was governed by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. As of 2011–12 season some VHL teams are affiliated with a KHL team (e.g. HC Sarov is affiliated with KHL's Torpedo), while other teams of the VHL are not affiliated with a KHL team.

Transition to KHL

It is believed that the league will become more of a developmental league. Only seven players over the age of 29 will be allowed onto each team's roster. With no promotion/relegation system set in place with the new Kontinental Hockey League, it has been speculated that most teams in the league will eventually become farm teams of the KHL teams.

Russian Classic

An outdoor ice hockey game named the Russian Classic (Russian: Русская классика, Russkaya klassika) took place on February 17, 2012 at the Central Stadium in Krasnoyarsk. The game featured Sokol Krasnoyarsk against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The second Russian Classic is set for January 19, 2014 at the Central Stadium of Chelyabinsk, where Chelmet Chelyabinsk is going to host Lada Togliatti.[7]

Seasons overview

Season Bratina Cup Winner Finalist Regular season winner
2010–11 Rubin Tyumen Neftyanik Almetyevsk Rubin Tyumen
2011–12 Toros Neftekamsk Rubin Tyumen Rubin Tyumen
2012–13 Toros Neftekamsk Saryarka Karagandy Saryarka Karagandy
2013-14 Saryarka Karagandy Rubin Tyumen Toros Neftekamsk

Teams in 2013–14

Team City Arena Capacity KHL Affiliate Team(s) MHL Affiliate Team(s) Founded Joined league
Ariada Volzhsk Volzhsk Ariada Ice Palace 2,250 Metallurg Novokuznetsk Kuznetskie Medvedi 1996 2010
Buran Voronezh Voronezh LDS Jubileiny 3,040 Atlant Moscow Oblast Atlanty
1977 2012
Chelmet Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Sport Palace Yunost 3,650 Traktor Chelyabinsk Belye Medvedi 1948 2012
Dizel Penza Penza Dizel Arena 5,500 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Loko
1956 2010
Dynamo Balashikha Balashikha Balashikha Arena 6,500 Dynamo Moscow HC MVD 2010 2010
Ermak Angarsk Angarsk Arena Ermak 6,900 Avangard Omsk Omskie Yatreby
Angarsky Ermak
1958 2010
Izhstal Izhevsk Izhevsk Sports Palace Izhstal 3,900 Severstal Cherepovets Almaz
Izhevskaya Stal
1958 2010
Kazzinc-Torpedo Oskemen Boris Alexandrov Sport Palace 4,400 Independent Independent 1956 2010
Kristall Saratov Saratov Ice Sports Palace Saratov 5,000 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk MHC Reaktor
1955 2010
Kuban Krasnodar Krasnodar Ice Palace 3,100 CSKA Moscow Krasnaya Armiya
Berkuty Kubani
2012 2012
Lada Togliatti Tolyatti Lada Arena 6,100 HC Yugra Mamonty Yugry
1976 2010
HC Lipetsk Lipetsk Zvezdny Ice Palace 2,100 Independent Elta 1979 2013
Molot-Prikamye Perm Perm Universal Sports Palace Molot 6,000 Independent Molot 1949 2010
Neftyanik Almetyevsk Almetyevsk Yubileinyi Sports Palace 2,200 Ak Bars Kazan Bars
1965 2010
Rubin Tyumen Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen 3,300 Admiral Vladivostok Tyumensky Legion 1972 2010
HC Ryazan Ryazan Ryazan Olympic Sports Palace 2,700 Independent Molnia 1999 2010
HC Sarov Sarov Sarov Ice Palace 1,200 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Chaika
2002 2010
Saryarka Karagandy Karagandy Karagandy Arena 5,500 Independent Kazakhmys 2006 2012
Sokol Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk Arena Sever 2,600 Spartak Moscow MHC Spartak
Krasnoyarskie Rysi
2008 2011
Sputnik Nizhny Tagil Nizhny Tagil Sotnikov Ice Sports Palace 4,200 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Avto
1948 2010
THK Tver Tver Ice Palace Yubileyny 1,980 Independent Tverichi 1949 2012
Titan Klin Klin Valeri Kharlamov Ice Palace 1,500 Vityaz Podolsk Russkie Vityazi
MHC Klin
1953 2011
Toros Neftekamsk Neftekamsk Ice Palace Neftekamsk 1,900 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Tolpar
1998 2010
VMF Karelia Kondopoga Ice Palace Kondopoga 1,850 SKA Saint Petersburg SKA-1946 2008 2010
Yuzhny Ural Orsk Orsk Ice Palace Yubileyny 4,500 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Stalnye Lisy
Metallurg Mednogorsk
1958 2010
Zauralie Kurgan Kurgan Ice Sports Palace Mostovik 2,500 Sibir Novosibirsk Sibirskie Snaipery
1993 2010

See also


  1. ^ Supreme Hockey League
  2. ^ TV-VHL on YouTube
  3. ^ "League Structure". KHL. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Medical Support For All". Kontinental Hockey League. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "The press conference devoted to the start of the season of Higher Hockey League was".  
  6. ^ "Учреждение ВХЛ". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Русская Классика-2014". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 

External links

  • VHL Official
  • AllHockey.Ru
  • Euro Hockey
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