Supreme Hockey League Championship
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|Formerly||Russian Hockey League|
|No. of teams||9 (2017–2018 season)|
|Countries||Russia (9 teams)|
|HC Tambov (2nd title)|
HC Rostov (2)|
HC Tambov (2)
Slavutych Smolensk (2)
The Supreme Hockey League Championship (VHL-B) (Russian: Первенство Высшей хоккейной лиги (ВХЛ-П), Pervenstvo Vysshaya hokkeinaya liga) is an ice hockey league in Russia. It stands at the third-tier of the Russian ice hockey pyramid, below the second-level VHL and the top-tier KHL.
Since 1992, it was the First League of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship. During the 2010–11 season, it was 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), which was considered a feeder league to both the KHL and the VHL. A majority of the teams were simply junior versions of their professional counterparts. During the era of the Soviet Championship League, it was referred to as "Class B"
On August 23, 2011, the FHR announced the creation of the Russian Hockey League that replaced the Pervaya Liga. The league had 2 divisions. The West Division featured teams from both the Central and Povolzhie divisions of the Pervaya Liga. The East Division featured teams from the Ural and West Siberia division as well as teams from the Siberian and Far East division. The Russian Hockey League was also the same name of the organization responsible for organizing the top-tier hockey league of Russia at the time that existed from 1996 and 2008, when it was rebranded and reorganized as the Kontinental Hockey League.
Prior to the beginning of the 2014-15 season, there was a big decrease in league members (with seven teams either leaving to join a different league or disbanding altogether). In connection with this number of losses, FHR officials who ran the league were forced to combine the two territorial divisions into one league table.
After the 2014-15 season and prior to the 2015-16 season, the FHR transferred the organization of the RHL (which had seen its membership numbers plummet from 24 teams in 2011/12 to nine in 2014/15) to the Supreme Hockey League, with the hope of developing a better third-tier competition with an eventual promotion/relegation system with the second-level league thus creating the Supreme Hockey League Championship.
Prospects for expansion
It is planned to replenish the league from the following sources:
- VHL teams, for financial reasons, leaving the league.
- Foreign clubs. For example, interest to the league has been shown by representatives of Latvia.
- Teams from different cities of Russia.
- Independent teams of the MHL and/or the NMHL who left due to reorganization.
Teams for 2017–2018
|Altai Barnaul||Barnaul||Titov Sports Palace||3,800||2006||2011|
|HC Chelny||Naberezhnye Chelny||Ice Palace Naberezhny Chelny||1,500||2004||2016|
|HC Rostov||Rostov-on-Don||Ice Arena||600||2004||2013|
|HC Tambov||Tambov||Crystal Ice Palace||1,200||1981||2011|
|Junior Kurgan||Kurgan||Paryshev Ice Palace||2,500||2012||2017|
|Junior-Sputnik||Nizhny Tagil||Sotnikov Ice Sports Palace||4,200||2011||2015|
|Kristall||Saratov||Ice Sports Palace Saratov||5,000||1946||2017|
|Mordovia Saransk||Saransk||Ice Palace of the Republic of Mordovia||3,300||2011||2011|
Teams no longer in the league
|Team||City||Arena||Capacity||Fate of the team|
|Angel Sibiri||Tobolsk||Crystal Sports Complex||Unknown||Unknown|
|Avangard-Yugra||Kogalym||Iceberg Sports Complex||Unknown||Originally joined, but ultimately did not participate; possibly disbanded|
|Buran Voronezh||Voronezh||LDS Jubileiny||3,200||Joined the VHL in 2012|
|Burevestnik Yekaterinburg||Yekaterinburg||KRK Uralets||5,570||Withdrew during 2013-14 season; later disbanded due to connection with financial problems|
|Burevestnik-1976||Tomsk||Crystal Sport Palace||Unknown||Currently, the club performs in the Siberian Student Hockey League|
|CSK VVS Samara||Samara||CSK VVS Sport Palace||3,500||Joined the VHL in 2017|
|HC Belgorod||Belgorod||Oranzevjy led||1,200||Joined the NMHL (then MHL-B) in 2012 due to financial issues|
|HC Bryansk||Bryansk||Desna Stadium||1,000||Joined the NMHL (then MHL-B) in 2014|
|HC Lipetsk||Lipetsk||Zvezdny Sports Complex||2,000||Joined the VHL in 2013; later withdrew in 2015|
|Kedr Novouralsk||Novouralsk||Novouralsk Ice Palace||1,200||Disbanded|
|Kristall Elektrostal||Elektrostal||Kristall Sport Palace||3,500||Disbanded|
|Kristall-Yugra Beloyarsky||Beloyarsky||Palace of Sports||450||Possibly disbanded|
|Krylya Sovetov Novosibirsk||Novosibirsk||Unknown||-||Disbanded|
|Neftyanik Almetyevsk-2||Almetyevsk||Yubileyny Sports Palace||2,000||Changed name to Sputnik; joined the MHL in 2012 as farm club of Neftyanik (Almetyevsk) (VHL)|
|Progress Glazov||Glazov||Progress Sports Palace||4,300||Joined the NMHL (then MHL-B) in 2014; became farm club of Izhstal (Izhevsk) (VHL)|
|Rubin Tyumen-2||Tyumen||Sports Palace Tyumen||3,300||Unknown|
|Shakhtyor Prokopyevsk||Prokopyevsk||Snowflake Sports Complex||3,150||Due to financial problems, the club decided to go to the Siberian Student Hockey League in 2013|
|Slavutych Smolensk||Smolensk||Ice Palace SGAFKST||1,080||Left league in 2017 due to financial problems|
|Sokol Novocheboksarsk||Novocheboksarsk||LD Sokol||3,000||Disbanded|
|Soyuz||Zarechny||Sports Palace Soyuz||Unknown||Possibly disbanded|
|THK Tver||Tver||Ice Palace Yubileyny||1,980||Joined the VHL in 2012; later declared bankruptcy and ceased in 2017|
|Yamal Sterkhi||Noyabrsk||KSK Fakel||Unknown||Disbanded|
|Yantar Seversk||Seversk||SK North||Unknown||Withdrew from league after 2011-12 season; later disbanded due to financial issues in 2013-14|
|Zauralje Kurgan-2||Kurgan||Ice Sports Palace Mostovik||2,500||Changed name to Junior and became a youth team joining the MHL and then the NMHL (then MHL-B) in 2012; currently still member of the league|
- [*]: Both losing semifinalists received bronze medals
- [NK]: Result not known
- "Оптимизация МХЛ поможет возродить РХЛ". Sports.ru. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- VHL-B Official website
- Inter-Regional Coordinating Council Siberia–Far East, responsible for the Siberia–Far East Division of Pervaya Liga
- Inter-Regional Coordinating Council Northwest, responsible for the Northwest Division of Pervaya Liga
- 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
- Euro Hockey