Supreme Hockey League
|Current season, competition or edition:
2014–15 VHL season
|No. of teams||26 (2015–2016 season)|
|Countries|| Russia (24 teams)
Kazakhstan (2 teams)
|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 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
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 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
Teams in 2013–14
- Supreme Hockey League
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