Russian Hockey League
|No. of teams||9 (2014–2015 Season)|
The Russian Hockey League (Russian: Российская хоккейная лига, Rossiyskaya khokkeynaya liga), until 2010 known as the First League (Russian: Первая лига, translit. Pervaya liga, also known as RUS-3) Since 1992 till 2010 was the First League of the Championship of Russia on hockey. During the 2010–11 season known as the Championship of Russia between the club teams of regions (Russian: Первенство России среди клубных команд регионов, Pervenstvo Rossii sredi klubnykh komand regionov), is an ice hockey league in Russia. It is a feeder league to the Kontinental Hockey League and the Vysshaya Khokkeynaya Liga. Majority of teams are simply junior versions of their professional counterparts. During the era of the Soviet Championship League, it was referred to as "Class B"
The league in 2010–11 featured clubs from the 2009–10 of Pervaya Liga and also clubs that played in Vysshaya Liga but were not accepted into the VHL for 2010–11.
On 23 August, 2011 the FHR announced the creation of the Russian Hockey League that will replace the Pervaya Liga. The league will have 2 divisions. The West division will feature teams from the Center division and Povolzhie division of Pervaya Liga. The East division will feature teams from Ural and West Siberia division and Siberian and Far East division. The Russian Hockey League is also the name of the organization responsible for organizing the top tier league of Russia between 1996 and 1999.
Teams for 2011–2012 Season
- Принято решение о создании Российской хоккейной Лиги (in Russian). Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- Russian Hockey League official website
- Inter-Regional Coordinating Council Siberia–Far East, responsible for the Siberia–Far East Division of Pervaya Liga
- Inter-Regional Coordinating Council Northwest
- Inter-Regional Coordinating Council Povolzhye, responsible for the Povolzhye Division of Pervaya Liga
- Inter-Regional Coordinating Council Ural–West Siberia, responsible for the Ural–West Siberia Division of Pervaya Liga