Opening Cup

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Opening Cup
Established 2008
Current holder(s) Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Awarded to the Team winning the first game of the regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League

The Opening Cup (Russian: Кубок Открытия, Kubok Otkrytiya), is the trophy awarded to the winner of the first game of every regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League. This match is played between the previous season's play-off champion and runner-up. The game is played on the home ice of the previous season's play-off champion.

History[edit]

During the first season of the KHL the match was played between the winner and runner up of the 2007–08 play-offs of the Russian Superleague.

The Western Conference in the 2010 Opening Cup game was represented by UHC Dynamo because the 2009–10 Western Conference champion, HC MVD, merged with Dynamo Moscow to form the new team after the 2009–10 season.[1]

On September 10, 2011, three days after the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster, the KHL head office decided to honor the deceased in the 2011 Opening Cup.[2]

Winners[edit]

Key to colors
W Western Conference member
E Eastern Conference member
N/A N/A, KHL conferences established during the second season of competition
Season Match date Previous season
play-off champion
Previous season
play-off runner-up
Result Venue Ref
2008–09 2 September 2008 N/A Salavat Yulaev Ufa N/A Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4 – 1 Russia Ufa Arena, Ufa
2009–10 10 September 2009 E Ak Bars Kazan W Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 – 2 (OT) Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan
2010–11 8 September 2010 E Ak Bars Kazan W Dynamo Moscow[3] 1 – 3 Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan [1]
2011–12 12 September 2011[4] E Salavat Yulaev Ufa W Atlant Moscow Oblast 5 – 3 Russia Ufa Arena, Ufa
2012–13 4 September 2012 W Dynamo Moscow E Avangard Omsk 3 – 2 (SO) Russia Megasport Arena, Moscow
2013–14 4 September 2013 W Dynamo Moscow E Traktor Chelyabinsk 5 – 1 Russia Minor Arena Luzhniki, Moscow
2014–15 3 September 2014 E Metallurg Magnitogorsk W Dynamo Moscow[5] 6 – 1 Russia Arena Metallurg, Magnitogorsk

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Calendar 2010/2011". khl.ru. Third season of the Kontinental Hockey League starts September 8th with Gagarin Cup holders Ak Bars entertaining UHC Dynamo Moscow in Kazan in a clash for Opening Cup. 
  2. ^ Официальное заявление КХЛ, 4 сентября 2012 года (ru)
  3. ^ 2009–10 season's finalist HC MVD united with HC Dynamo after the 2009–10 season, thus Dynamo Moscow participated in the 2010 Opening Cup.
  4. ^ Game originally was scheduled for 7 September 2011; because of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash during the playing of the Opening Cup, the game was abandoned and rescheduled for 12 September 2011.
  5. ^ 2014 playoff runner-up HC Lev Praha ceased operations for the 2014–15 season. Dynamo Moscow took their place as Continental Cup holders.

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