List of Soviet and Russian ice hockey champions
The Cup of Russia
|Current champions||CSKA Moscow (34)|
|Most successful team(s)||CSKA Moscow (34)|
The Russian Open Hockey Championship (Russian: Открытый Чемпионат России по хоккею, Otkrytyy Chempionat Rossii po khokkeyu), also known as the Championship of Russia in ice hockey (Russian: Чемпионат России по хоккею с шайбой, Chempionat Rossii po khokkeyu s shayboy), is an annual ice hockey award and national title, bestowed by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia to the professional hockey organization judged to have the best performing team in Russia.
The Russian Championship (formerly Soviet Championship) has acted as the national ice hockey title of Russia since 1946. The Cup of Russia acted as an independent league title awarded in the Russian Hockey League first in 1997, before being merged with the Russian Championship in 2000. The recipient team of the Cup is awarded an engraved trophy, whereas the top-3 finalists of the Russian Championship are awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals. During the existence of the Russian Championship, several separate league trophies have been handed out intermittently, including the Soviet Cup (USSR), IHL Cup, and currently the Gagarin Cup (KHL).
Traditionally the title of Champion of Russia was awarded to the club with the best record in the regular season; this was also the case in KHL until 2016. Thus the Russian Championship had a similar role to the NHL's Presidents' Trophy, albeit the top three teams in the end of the regular season received medals instead of only the team with most points. Starting from 2016–17 KHL season, the Russian Championship is awarded to highest ranked Russian team of playoffs, while the Gagarin Cup is awarded to the winner of the playoffs regardless of the nationality of the club. The winner of the regular season receives the Continental Cup (Russian: Кубок Континента, Kubok Kontinenta).
List of Champions
|*||Awarded to team with most points in regular season|
|*||Awarded to the winner of the post-season playoffs|
|*||Winner of league Cup|
|(#)||Number of national titles won at the time.|
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- Hockeystars. Russian Championship statistics