Supreme Hockey League

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Supreme Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2014–15 VHL season
Supreme Hockey League.svg
Founded 2010
No. of teams 26 (2015–2016 season)
Countries  Russia (24 teams)
 Kazakhstan (2 teams)
Most recent
Toros Neftekamsk
Most titles Toros Neftekamsk (3)
Kontinental Hockey League
Junior Hockey League
Official website

The Supreme Hockey League[1][2] (Russian: Высшая хоккейная лига (ВХЛ), Vysshaya hokkeinaya liga (VHL)), also known as the Major Hockey League[3][4] or Higher Hockey League (HHL),[5] is a professional ice hockey league in Eurasia, and the second highest level of Russian hockey.

Though currently acting independently, plans were in place to convert it to a farm system for the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)'s 2010–11 season.[6] It was preceded by the Major League of the Russian Championship (Vysshaya Liga) that formerly held a relegation role for the Russian Superleague, and was governed by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. As of 2011–12 season some VHL teams are affiliated with a KHL team (e.g. HC Sarov is affiliated with KHL's Torpedo), while other teams of the VHL are not affiliated with a KHL team.

Transition to KHL[edit]

It is believed that the league will become more of a developmental league. Only seven players over the age of 29 will be allowed onto each team's roster. With no promotion/relegation system set in place with the new Kontinental Hockey League, it has been speculated[by whom?] that most teams in the league will eventually become farm teams of the KHL teams.

Russian Classic[edit]

The Russian Classic (Russian: Русская классика, Russkaya klassika) is an outdoor ice hockey game during the Supreme Hockey League season.

Date Venue Sport Location Home Team Visiting Team Score Attendance
February 17, 2012 Central Stadium Soccer, Rugby Krasnoyarsk Sokol Krasnoyarsk Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2–3 16,100
January 19, 2014 Central Stadium Soccer Chelyabinsk Chelmet Chelyabinsk Lada Togliatti 2–5 9,200
February 14, 2015 Sputnik Stadium Soccer Nizhny Tagil Sputnik Nizhny Tagil Yuzhny Ural Orsk 0–4 8,350
  • Bolded teams denote winners

Seasons overview[edit]

Season Gold medal icon.svg Bratina Cup Winner Silver medal icon.svg Finalist Regular season winner
2010–11 Russia Rubin Tyumen Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk Russia Rubin Tyumen
2011–12 Russia Toros Neftekamsk Russia Rubin Tyumen Russia Rubin Tyumen
2012–13 Russia Toros Neftekamsk Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
2013-14 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy Russia Rubin Tyumen Russia Toros Neftekamsk
2014-15 Russia Toros Neftekamsk Russia HC Izhstal Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy

Teams in 2013–14[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity KHL Affiliate Team(s) MHL Affiliate Team(s) Founded Joined league
Ariada Volzhsk Russia Volzhsk Ariada Ice Palace 2,250 Metallurg Novokuznetsk Kuznetskie Medvedi 1996 2010
Buran Voronezh Russia Voronezh LDS Jubileiny 3,040 Atlant Moscow Oblast Atlanty
1977 2012
Chelmet Chelyabinsk Russia Chelyabinsk Yunost Sport Palace 3,650 Traktor Chelyabinsk Belye Medvedi 1948 2012
Dizel Penza Russia Penza Dizel Arena 5,500 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Loko
1956 2010
Dynamo Balashikha Russia Balashikha Balashikha Arena 6,500 Dynamo Moscow HC MVD 2010 2010
Ermak Angarsk Russia Angarsk Arena Ermak 6,900 Avangard Omsk Omskie Yatreby
Angarsky Ermak
1958 2010
Izhstal Izhevsk Russia Izhevsk Sports Palace Izhstal 3,900 Severstal Cherepovets Almaz
Izhevskaya Stal
1958 2010
Kazzinc-Torpedo Kazakhstan Ust-Kamenogorsk Boris Alexandrov Sport Palace 4,400 Independent Independent 1956 2010
Kristall Saratov Russia Saratov Ice Sports Palace Saratov 5,000 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk MHC Reaktor
1955 2010
Kuban Krasnodar Russia Krasnodar Ice Palace 3,100 CSKA Moscow Krasnaya Armiya
Berkuty Kubani
2012 2012
Lada Togliatti Russia Tolyatti Lada Arena 6,100 HC Yugra Mamonty Yugry
1976 2010
HC Lipetsk Russia Lipetsk Zvezdny Ice Palace 2,100 Independent Elta 1979 2013
Molot-Prikamye Perm Russia Perm Universal Sports Palace Molot 6,000 Independent Molot 1949 2010
Neftyanik Almetyevsk Russia Almetyevsk Yubileyny Sports Palace 2,200 Ak Bars Kazan Bars
1965 2010
Rubin Tyumen Russia Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen 3,300 Admiral Vladivostok Tyumensky Legion 1972 2010
HC Ryazan Russia Ryazan Ryazan Olympic Sports Palace 2,700 Independent Molnia 1999 2010
HC Sarov Russia Sarov Sarov Ice Palace 1,200 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Chaika
2002 2010
Saryarka Karagandy Kazakhstan Karagandy Karagandy Arena 5,500 Barys Astana Kazakhmys 2006 2012
Sokol Krasnoyarsk Russia Krasnoyarsk Arena Sever 2,600 Spartak Moscow MHC Spartak
Krasnoyarskie Rysi
2008 2011
Sputnik Nizhny Tagil Russia Nizhny Tagil Sotnikov Ice Sports Palace 4,200 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Avto
1948 2010
THK Tver Russia Tver Ice Palace Yubileyny 1,980 Independent Tverichi 1949 2012
Titan Klin Russia Klin Valeri Kharlamov Ice Palace 1,500 Vityaz Podolsk Russkie Vityazi
MHC Klin
1953 2011
Toros Neftekamsk Russia Neftekamsk Ice Palace Neftekamsk 1,900 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Tolpar
1998 2010
VMF Karelia Russia Kondopoga Ice Palace Kondopoga 1,850 SKA Saint Petersburg SKA-1946 2008 2010
Yuzhny Ural Orsk Russia Orsk Ice Palace Yubileyny 4,500 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Stalnye Lisy
Metallurg Mednogorsk
1958 2010
Zauralie Kurgan Russia Kurgan Ice Sports Palace Mostovik 2,500 Sibir Novosibirsk Sibirskie Snaipery
1993 2010

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Supreme Hockey League
  2. ^ TV-VHL on YouTube
  3. ^ "League Structure". KHL. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Medical Support For All". Kontinental Hockey League. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "The press conference devoted to the start of the season of Higher Hockey League was". Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Учреждение ВХЛ". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 

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