Supreme Hockey League

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Supreme Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 Supreme Hockey League season
Supreme Hockey League.svg
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 2010
No. of teams 27 (2017–2018 season)
Countries  Russia (23 teams)
 Kazakhstan (2 teams)
 China (2 teams)
Most recent
champion(s)
Dynamo Balashikha (1st title)
Most titles Toros Neftekamsk (3)
Related
competitions
Kontinental Hockey League
VHL-B
Junior Hockey League
Official website vhlru.ru

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 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[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 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

Seasons overview[edit]

Season Gold medal icon.svg Bratina Cup winner Silver medal icon.svg Finalist Final score Regular season winner
2010–11 Russia Rubin Tyumen Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk 4–0 Russia Rubin Tyumen
2011–12 Russia Toros Neftekamsk Russia Rubin Tyumen 4–1 Russia Rubin Tyumen
2012–13 Russia Toros Neftekamsk Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy 4–3 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
2013–14 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy Russia Rubin Tyumen 4–2 Russia Toros Neftekamsk
2014–15 Russia Toros Neftekamsk Russia HC Izhstal 4–2 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
2015–16 Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk Russia HC Izhstal 4–1 Russia THK Tver
2016–17 Russia Dynamo Balashikha Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo 4–0 Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo

Teams in 2017–18[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity KHL Affiliate Team(s) MHL Affiliate Team(s) Founded Joined league
Bars Russia Kazan Sports Palace Kazan 3,845 Ak Bars Kazan Irbis 2009 2014
Buran Russia Voronezh LDS Jubileiny 3,200 Dynamo Moscow MHK Dynamo Moscow 1977 2012
Chelmet Russia Chelyabinsk Yunost Sport Palace 3,500 Traktor Chelyabinsk Belye Medvedi 1948 2003
CSK VVS Samara Russia Samara CSK VVS Sport Palace 3,500 Lada Togliatti Ladya 1950 2017
Dinamo Saint Petersburg Russia Saint Petersburg Yubileyny Sports Palace 6,800 Vityaz Podolsk Russkie Vityazi
JHC Dinamo Saint Petersburg
2013 2016
Dizel Russia Penza Dizel Arena 5,500 HC Sochi Kapitan Stupino 1956 2010
Ermak Russia Angarsk Arena Ermak 6,900 Sibir Novosibirsk Sibirskie Snaipery 1959 2010
Gornyak Russia Uchaly LDS Jubileiny 1,500 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Avto 2013 2017
HC Ryazan Russia Ryazan Ryazan Olympic Sports Palace 3,000 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Loko 1999 2010
HC Sarov Russia Sarov Sarov Ice Palace 1,200 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Chaika 2002 2010
Izhstal Russia Izhevsk Sports Palace Izhstal 3,268 Severstal Cherepovets Almaz
Progress
1958 2010
Khimik Russia Voskresensk Podmoskovie Ice Palace 4,000 Spartak Moscow JHC Spartak
Atlanty
2005 2015
KRS Heilongjiang China Harbin Harbin Sport University Gymnasium 2,500 HC Kunlun Red Star KRS Junior 2017 2017
Metallurg Novokuznetsk Russia Novokuznetsk Kuznetsk Metallurgists Sports Palace 7,533 Independent Kuznetskie Medvedi 1949 2017
Molot-Prikamye Russia Perm Universal Sports Palace Molot 6,000 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Reaсtor 1948 2010
Neftyanik Russia Almetyevsk Yubileyny Sports Palace 2,000 Independent Sputnik Almetyevsk 1965 2010
Rubin Russia Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen 3,300 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk Mamonty Yugry
Tyumensky Legion
1959 2010
Saryarka Kazakhstan Karagandy Karagandy Arena 5,500 Avangard Omsk Omskie Yastreby 2006 2012
SKA-Neva Russia Saint Petersburg Yubileyny Sports Palace 7,000 SKA Saint Petersburg SKA-1946
SKA-Serebryanye Lvy
2008 2010
Sokol Russia Krasnoyarsk Arena Sever 2,600 Amur Khabarovsk Amurskie Tigry 1977 2011
Sputnik Russia Nizhny Tagil Sotnikov Ice Sports Palace 4,200 Independent Independent 1948 2010
Toros Russia Neftekamsk Ice Palace Neftekamsk 1,900 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Tolpar 1988 2010
Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk Kazakhstan Ust-Kamenogorsk Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace 4,400 Barys Astana Snezhnye Barsy
Altay
1955 2010
Tseng Tau China Jilin Jilin Arena 8,000 Independent Independent 2017 2017
Yuzhny Ural Russia Orsk Ice Palace Yubileyny 4,500 Admiral Vladivostok Taifun
Sarmaty
1958 2010
Zauralie Russia Kurgan Ice Sports Palace Mostovik 2,500 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Stalnye Lisy 1962 2010
Zvezda Russia Chekhov LHC Vityaz 3,300 CSKA Moscow Krasnaya Armiya 2015 2015

All-time team records[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[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". KHL.ru. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 

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