The KHL's Kharlamov Division was formed in 2008 as part of the league's inauguration. It is one of four divisions and part of the Eastern Conference since the second season of the KHL when the conferences were established. It is named in honor of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Valeri Kharlamov; Soviet Olympic gold medalist and former CSKA player.
The Kharlamov Division is made up of the following teams:
Initial lineup (2008)
In the first KHL season, the division alignment was determined by team strength and the Kharlamov Division consisted of: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Amur Khabarovsk, Avangard Omsk, Dinamo Riga, Lada Togliatti and Sibir Novosibirsk.
Re-alignment in 2009
With the geographical alignment of the divisions for the 2009–10 season, the composition of the Kharlamov Division was completely changed. Only Lada Togliatti remained and was joined by Ak Bars Kazan, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Traktor Chelyabinsk, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg.
Yugra replaces Lada (2010)
After Lada Togliatti had to withdraw from the KHL in 2010, they were replaced by Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk from Khanty-Mansiysk.
2013 Expansion and re-alignment
With the addition of two teams in 2013, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod has been moved from the Tarasov Division to the Kharlamov Division in order to balance out the two conferences.
Lada Togliatti returned to the league after a four-year absence and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod has been moved back to the Tarasov Division
Gagarin Cup winners produced