2010–11 VHL season

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2010–11 VHL season
League Higher Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration September 11, 2010 – February 28, 2011
Number of teams 20
Regular season
Regular season winner Russia Rubin Tyumen
Top scorer Russia Evgeni Tunik
Toros Neftekamsk
Play-offs
Western champions Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk
Eastern champions Russia Rubin Tyumen
Bratina Cup
Champions Russia Rubin Tyumen
  Runners-up Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk
HHL seasons
← None

The 2010–11 VHL season was the inaugural season of the Higher Hockey League. It started on September 11, 2010, and finished on February 28, 2011. 20 teams each played 56 games.

Preseason[edit]

Compared to the last 2009–10 Higher Hockey League where a total of 27 teams competed in 3 divisions,[1][2][3][4] there will be a total of 20 teams and two conferences in the 2010–11 season: Western and Eastern.[5][6] 18 of the 27 teams of the 2009–10 season compete in the 2010–11 season. Gazovik Tyumen were renamed to Rubin Tyumen, while Rubin's junior team, playing in the MHL, has the name Gazovik. Two new teams in the league are Lada Togliatti, excluded from the KHL after the 2009–10 season, and Dynamo Tver, the farm team of UHC Dynamo. The fates of the 9 of the 27 teams that participated in the league in 2009–10 but no longer do in 2010–11 are various: HC Yugra joined the KHL for 2010–11, Khimik were suggested by VHL's management to take a one year break and joined the MHL under the name MHC Khimik, the team from Orenburg, formerly known under the name Gazprom-OGU, also joined the MHL under the name Belye Tigry, Rys dissolved, the remaining 5 (e.g. CSK VVS Samara) joined the Pervaya Liga. HC Lipetsk was admitted into the league for 2010–11, but the team had to withdraw before the start of the season due to financial difficulties.[7] Lipetsk's place was taken by Krylya Sovetov Moscow on 12 August 2010.[8]

Regular season[edit]

During regular season teams are to play 4 games against teams from their conference (2 home and 2 away) and 2 games against teams from the opposite conference (1 home and 1 away). The first match of the regular season took place on September 11, 2010 in Perm.[6] Molot-Prikamye's opponent was Toros Neftekamsk[6] and the match ended 2 goals to 1 Toros' way after a shootout. Last games of the regular season will be held on 28 February 2011.[6]

League standings[edit]

Source: vhl.khl.ru[9]

Points are awarded as follows:

  • 3 Points for a win in regulation ("W")
  • 2 Points for a win in overtime ("OTW") or penalty shootout ("SOW")
  • 1 Point for a loss in a penalty shootout ("SOL") or overtime ("OTL")
  • 0 Points for a loss in regulation ("L")

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk (AKB) 56 26 4 3 6 1 16 161 140 99
Russia HC Sarov (TOR) 56 25 3 6 2 0 20 168 149 95
Russia Dizel Penza (SEV) 56 23 2 3 8 1 19 132 123 88
Russia HC VMF St. Petersburg (SKA) 56 22 2 2 5 2 23 142 148 81
Russia PHC Krylya Sovetov (SPA) 56 19 3 7 1 0 26 163 172 78
Russia HC Ryazan (ATL) 56 19 1 4 6 3 23 153 169 76
Russia Kristall Saratov 56 17 0 3 2 5 29 149 183 64
Russia Ariada-Akpars Volzhsk (NEF) 56 18 0 0 4 4 30 138 193 62
Russia HC Dynamo Tver (DMOW) 56 13 3 5 3 2 30 150 190 60
Russia Lada Togliatti 56 15 1 2 2 0 36 130 184 53
Eastern Conference GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
Russia Rubin Tyumen 56 38 2 2 2 0 12 172 104 124
Russia Toros Neftekamsk (UFA) 56 34 1 5 3 3 10 183 114 120
Russia Molot-Prikamye Perm 56 25 3 4 6 1 17 162 156 96
Russia Yuzhny Ural Orsk (MAG) 56 25 3 3 5 2 18 135 132 94
Russia Ermak Angarsk (NOV) 56 27 1 0 3 1 24 168 139 87
Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo 56 23 1 4 6 1 21 151 153 86
Russia Zauralie Kurgan (SIB) 56 20 2 8 3 3 20 153 147 86
Russia Sputnik Nizhny Tagil 56 20 4 5 0 3 24 149 144 81
Russia Mechel Chelyabinsk (TRA) 56 20 1 4 7 4 20 168 174 81
Russia Izhstal Izhevsk 56 17 1 6 2 2 28 119 132 69

League leaders[edit]

Source: vhlru.ru[10][11]

Goals Russia Alexander Zhurun (Tyumen) 29
Assists Russia Maxim Zhapov (Almetyevsk) 31
Points Russia Evgeni Tunik (Neftekamsk) 51
Shots Russia Ruslan Bernik (Moscow) 170
Plus/minus Russia Sergey Zhurikov (Tyumen) +24
Penalty minutes Russia Igor Golovkov (St.Peterburg) 154
Wins (Goaltenders) Russia Nikita Davydov (Neftekamsk) 34
Goals against average Russia Stanislav Galimov (Almetyevsk) 1.46
Save percentage Russia Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 94.7
Shutouts Russia Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 8

Goaltenders: minimum 15 games played

Playoffs[edit]

The play-offs will feature 8 best teams of the Western Conference of the regular season and 8 best teams of the Eastern Conference of the regular season.[12] The play-offs start 5 March 2011 and are to end on April 27, 2011 if match 7 of the final series is to be played.[12] Conference quarter-finals and semi-finals are a best-of-five series, while the Conference finals and VHL finals are a best-of-seven series.[12]

  Conference Quarter-Finals
(best-of-5)
Conference Semi-Finals
(best-of-5)
Conference Finals
(best-of-7)
Bratina Cup Finals
(best-of-7)
                                     
1 Rubin 3     1 Rubin 3  
8 Sputnik 1     5 Ermak 0  


2 Toros 3 Eastern Conference
7 Zauralie 1  
    1 Rubin 4  
  2 Toros 1  
3 Molot-Prikamye 3  
6 Kazzinc-Torpedo 2  
4 Yuzhny Ural 2   2 Toros 3
5 Ermak 3     3 Molot-Prikamye 0  


  1 Rubin 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  1 Neftyanik 0
1 Neftyanik 3     1 Neftyanik 3
8 Ariada-Akpars 0     7 Kristall 0  
2 HC Sarov 1
7 Kristall 3  
  1 Neftyanik 4
  3 Dizel 3  
3 Dizel 3  
6 HC Ryazan 0   Western Conference
4 HC VMF 3   3 Dizel 3
5 Krylya Sovetov 2     4 HC VMF 0  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.
Bratina Cup Finals series logo

Playoffs leaders[edit]

Source: vhlru.ru[13][14]

Goals Russia Rustam Shangaraev (Almetyevsk) 8
Assists Russia Vladimir Karpor (Tyumen) 9
Points Russia Daniel Nasybullin (Almetyevsk) 14
Shots Russia Andrei Kuzmin (Sarov) 58
Plus/minus Russia Sergei Serebryakov (Almetyevsk) +10
Penalty minutes Russia Andrew Ankudinov (Neftekamsk) 56
Wins (Goaltenders) Russia Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 14
Goals against average Russia Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 1.44
Save percentage Russia Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 95.2
Shutouts Russia Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 4

Goaltenders: minimum 5 games played

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ФХР: on-line трансляции хоккейных матчей" (in Russian). Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Открытое Всероссийское первенство среди команд Высшей лиги сезона 2009/10. Дивизион Восток (in Russian). Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Открытое Всероссийское первенство среди команд Высшей лиги сезона 2009/10. Дивизион Центр (in Russian). Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Открытое Всероссийское первенство среди команд Высшей лиги сезона 2009/10. Дивизион Запад (in Russian). Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Контуры Высшей лиги (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. June 30, 2010. Archived from the original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d КАЛЕНДАРЬ МАТЧЕЙ ЧЕМПИОНАТА ВЫСШЕЙ ХОККЕЙНОЙ ЛИГИ - ОТКРЫТОГО ВСЕРОССИЙСКОГО СОРЕВНОВАНИЯ ПО ХОККЕЮ СЕЗОНА 2010-2011 ГОДОВ (PDF) (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Липецк" не примет участия в чемпионате ВХЛ (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Крылья" - в ВХЛ (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 12 August 2010. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "VHL Regular season standings". vhl.khl.ru. 
  10. ^ "VHL Statistics: Skaters". vhlru.ru. 
  11. ^ "VHL Statistics: Goalies". vhlru.ru. 
  12. ^ a b c Структура и сроки проведения матчей второго этапа Чемпионата Высшей хоккейной лиги – Открытого Всероссийского соревнования по хоккею сезона 2010-2011 годов (PDF) (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "VHL Playoffs Statistics: Skaters". vhlru.ru. 
  14. ^ "VHL Playoffs Statistics: Goalies". vhlru.ru.