Soviet Championship League

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Soviet Hockey Championship
Coat of arms of the Soviet Union.svg
Republic(s) Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic Byelorussian SSR
Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Estonian SSR
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Kazakh SSR
Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic Latvian SSR
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Lithuanian SSR
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Russian SFSR
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Ukrainian SSR
Founded 1946
Folded 1992
Relegation to Soviet Class A2
Soviet Class B
Championship Soviet Hockey Championship
Associated Title(s) Soviet Cup
Most successful club CSKA Moscow (32)

The Soviet Hockey Championship (Russian: Чемпионат СССР по хоккею) was the highest level ice hockey league in the Soviet Union, running from 1946 to 1992. Before the 1940s the game of ice hockey was not cultivated in Russia, instead the more popular form of hockey was bandy, with history of the game in Russia dating several centuries into the past. Following the dissolution of the USSR, the league was temporarily renamed the CIS Championship in 1992. This organization was the direct predecessor of the International Hockey League (Russian: Межнациональная хоккейная Лига), and subsequent Russian Superleague (RSL) and current Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Teams[edit]

The first cities to join the Soviet League were Moscow, Leningrad, Kaunas, Riga and Arkhangelsk. Far and away the most dominant club was HC CSKA Moscow, the famous "Red Army Team," which won 36 titles, including all but six from 1955 to 1989 and 13 in a row from 1976 to 1989. Indeed, Moscow teams won every title in the league's existence.

Soviet League Champions[edit]

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Preceded by
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Soviet Championship League
1946—1992
Succeeded by
International Hockey League