Supreme Hockey League
|Current season, competition or edition:
2017–18 Supreme Hockey League season
|No. of teams||27 (2017–2018 season)|
|Countries|| Russia (23 teams)
Kazakhstan (2 teams)
China (2 teams)
|Dynamo Balashikha (1st title)|
|Most titles||Toros Neftekamsk (3)|
|Kontinental Hockey League
Junior Hockey League
The Supreme Hockey League (Russian: Высшая хоккейная лига (ВХЛ), Vysshaya hokkeinaya liga (VHL)), also known as the Major Hockey League or Higher Hockey League (HHL), 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. 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 the 2017–18 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
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.
The Russian Classic (Russian: Русская классика, Russkaya klassika) is an outdoor ice hockey game that is played during the Supreme Hockey League regular 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|
|February 7, 2016||Khimik Stadium||Soccer||Tver||THK Tver||Buran Voronezh||1–2 (OT)||6,350|
|January 14, 2017||Park Legend||Moscow||Dynamo Balashikha||Khimik Voskresensk||1–3||1,831|
- Bolded teams denote winners
|Season||Bratina Cup winner||Finalist||Final score||Regular season winner|
|2010–11||Rubin Tyumen||Neftyanik Almetyevsk||4–0||Rubin Tyumen|
|2011–12||Toros Neftekamsk||Rubin Tyumen||4–1||Rubin Tyumen|
|2012–13||Toros Neftekamsk||Saryarka Karagandy||4–3||Saryarka Karagandy|
|2013–14||Saryarka Karagandy||Rubin Tyumen||4–2||Toros Neftekamsk|
|2014–15||Toros Neftekamsk||HC Izhstal||4–2||Saryarka Karagandy|
|2015–16||Neftyanik Almetyevsk||HC Izhstal||4–1||THK Tver|
Teams in 2017–18
All-time team records
Since its foundation in 2010, 35 different clubs have played in the VHL, and 29 of them have at least once qualified for the playoffs. Only two clubs (Toros Neftekamsk and Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk) have made the playoffs in all seven championships of the VHL with Toros reaching the semi-final stage in five seasons. The table gives the final regular-season ranks for all teams, with the playoff performance encoded in colors. The teams are ordered by their best championship results.
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