Ice Hockey Federation of Russia
|Association name||Ice Hockey Federation of Russia|
|IIHF membership||January 19, 1992|
|IIHF men's ranking||2|
|IIHF women's ranking||6|
The federation was founded on November 12, 1991 as "Ice Hockey Federation of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic / Ice Hockey Federation of Russia" (Russian: Федерация Xoккея Российской Советской Федеративной Социалистической Республики / Russian: Федерация хоккея России) established during the existence of the Soviet Union and the Russian SFSR. On January 19, 1992, after the Soviet Union was dissolved and Russia took over the international rights and obligations of the USSR, the federation became the official successor of the Soviet Union Ice Hockey Federation and its successes and its full membership in the International Ice Hockey Federation.
- men's national ice hockey team
- men's national under 20 ice hockey team
- men's national under 18 ice hockey team
- Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) (highest hockey league in Europe and Asia) (since 2008)
- Supreme Hockey League (VHL) (second highest league) (since 1992)
- Russian Hockey League (RHL) (third highest league) (since 1992)
- Asia League Ice Hockey (AHL) (fourth highest league) (since 2003)
- Junior Hockey League (MHL) (junior league) (since 2009)
- Junior Hockey League Championships (junior league) (since 2011)
- International Hockey League (former highest league) (1992–1996)
- Russian Superleague (former highest league) (1996–2008)
- Russian Hockey Second League (fourth highest league)
Ice hockey in Russia
||It has been suggested that this section be split out into another article. (Discuss) (September 2016)|
|Ice hockey in Russia|
|Governing body||Ice Hockey Federation of Russia|
|National team||Men's national team;
Women's national team
Ice hockey was first introduced to the Soviet Union in 1932. The Soviet Union entered its first Winter Olympics tournament in 1956 and was successful from the start, much due to the players having an earlier experience of bandy, also called "Russian hockey". The Soviet Union would dominate the hockey world championships and Olympic tournaments from the 1950s to 1980s.
During the Soviet Union period the Soviet Championship League was the preimer ice hockey league. After the fall of communism it was followed by the Russian Superleague and then Kontinental Hockey League.
During the height of the Cold war in the 1980s many Russian hockey players defected to United States to play in the NHL with such notable players as Viacheslav Fetisov, Alexander Mogilny and Sergei Federov.
On the international stage Russia considers Canada its major hockey rival.
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