Supreme Hockey League

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All-Russian Hockey League
SportIce hockey
No. of teams29 (2023–2024 season)
CountriesRussia (29 Teams)
Most recent
Khimik Voskresensk (1st title)
Most titlesToros Neftekamsk (3)
Kontinental Hockey League
Junior Hockey League
National Junior Hockey League

The All-Russian Hockey League (VHL)[1][2] (Russian: Всероссийская хоккейная лига (ВХЛ), Vserossiyskaya 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 2022–23 season, most VHL teams were affiliated with a KHL team (e.g., Khimik Voskresensk is affiliated with KHL's Spartak Moscow), while some teams of the VHL are not affiliated with a KHL team.[citation needed]

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. So far, the visiting team has won every edition of the game.

Date Venue Sport Location Home Team Visiting Team Score Attendance
February 17, 2012 Central Stadium Football, Rugby Krasnoyarsk Sokol Krasnoyarsk Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2–3 16,100
January 19, 2014 Central Stadium Football Chelyabinsk Chelmet Chelyabinsk Lada Togliatti 2–5 9,200
February 14, 2015 Sputnik Stadium Football Nizhny Tagil Sputnik Nizhny Tagil Yuzhny Ural Orsk 0–4 8,350
February 7, 2016 Khimik Stadium Football Tver THK Tver Buran Voronezh 1–2 (OT) 6,350
January 14, 2017 Park Legend Moscow Dynamo Balashikha Khimik Voskresensk 1–3 1,831
January 28, 2018 Central Stadium Football Kurgan Zauralie Kurgan Rubin Tyumen 0–4 3,000
  • Bolded teams denote winners

Seasons overview[edit]

Season Petrov Cup winner 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 Izhstal Izhevsk 4–2 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
2015–16 Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk Russia Izhstal Izhevsk 4–1 Russia THK Tver
2016–17 Russia Dynamo Balashikha Kazakhstan Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk 4–0 Kazakhstan Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
2017–18 Russia Dinamo Saint Petersburg Russia SKA-Neva Saint Petersburg 4–2 Russia Dinamo Saint Petersburg
2018–19 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy Russia Rubin Tyumen 4–1 Russia SKA-Neva Saint Petersburg
2019–20 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic Russia Zvezda Moscow
2020–21 Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk 4–1 Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
2021–22 Russia Rubin Tyumen Russia Dinamo Saint Petersburg 4–1 Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
2022–23 Russia Khimik Voskresensk Russia Sokol Krasnoyarsk 4–0 Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk

Teams in 2022–23[edit]

Team City Arena Capacity KHL Affiliate Team(s) MHL/NMHL Affiliate Team(s) Founded Joined league
1 AKM Russia Tula Ice Sports Palace 3,000 Independent Mikhailov Academy 2021 2021
2 Bars Russia Kazan Sports Palace Kazan 3,845 Ak Bars Kazan Irbis 2009 2014
3 Buran Russia Voronezh LDS Jubileiny 3,200 Severstal Cherepovets Rossosh Voronezh 1949 2012
4 Chelmet Russia Chelyabinsk Yunost Sport Palace 3,500 Traktor Chelyabinsk Belye Medvedi 1948 2010
4 CSK VVS Samara Russia Samara CSK VVS Sport Palace 3,500 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Independent 1950 2017
5 Dinamo Saint Petersburg Russia Saint Petersburg Yubileyny Sports Palace 7,000 Dynamo Moscow JHC Dinamo Saint Petersburg 2013 2016
6 Dizel Russia Penza Dizel Arena 5,500 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Dizelist Penza 1956 2010
8 Gornyak Russia Uchaly LDS Jubileiny 1,500 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Avto 2013 2017
9 HC Izhstal Russia Izhevsk Sports Palace Izhstal 3,268 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Progress 1958 2010
10 Khimik Russia Voskresensk Podmoskovie Ice Palace 4,000 Spartak Moscow JHC Spartak 2005 2015
11 Lada Togliatti Russia Tolyatti Lada Arena 6,000 Independent Ladya 2004 2018
12 Metallurg Novokuznetsk Russia Novokuznetsk Kuznetsk Metallurgists Sports Palace 7,533 Sibir Novosibirsk Kuznetskie Medvedi 1949 2017
13 Molot Russia Perm Universal Sports Palace Molot 6,000 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl MHC Molot 1948 2010
14 Neftyanik Russia Almetyevsk Yubileyny Sports Palace 2,000 Independent Sputnik Almetyevsk 1965 2010
15 HC Rostov Russia Rostov-on-Don Ice Arena 600 HC Sochi Independent 2004 2019
16 Rubin Russia Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen 3,300 Independent Tyumensky Legion 1959 2010
17 Ryazan-VDV Russia Ryazan Ryazan Olympic Sports Palace 3,000 Vityaz Podolsk MHC Ryazan-VDV Kapitan Stupino 1999 2010
18 SKA-Neva Russia Saint Petersburg Yubileyny Sports Palace 7,000 SKA Saint Petersburg SKA-1946
SKA-Serebryanye Lvy
2008 2010
19 Sokol Russia Krasnoyarsk Arena Sever 2,600 Independent Krasnoyarskie Rysi 1977 2011
20 HC Tambov Russia Tambov Crystal Ice Palace 1,200 Independent Independent 1981 2018
21 Toros Russia Neftekamsk Ice Palace Neftekamsk 1,900 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Tolpar
1988 2010
22 Torpedo-Gorky Russia Nizhny Novgorod Konovalenko Sports Palace 4,300 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Chaika 2019 2019
23 Yermak Russia Angarsk Arena Ermak 6,900 Sibir Novosibirsk Sibirskie Snaipery 1959 2010
24 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk Russia Khanty-Mansiysk Arena Ugra 5,500 Avangard Omsk Mamonty Yugry 2006 2018
25 Yuzhny Ural Russia Orsk Ice Palace Yubileyny 4,500 Admiral Vladivostok Taifun
Yuzhny Ural-Metallurg Orsk
1958 2010
26 Zauralie Russia Kurgan Ice Sports Palace Mostovik 2,500 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Stalnye Lisy 1962 2010
27 Zvezda Moscow Russia Moscow CSKA Ice Palace 5,600 CSKA Moscow Krasnaya Armiya 2015 2015

All-time team records[edit]

Since its foundation in 2010, 40 different clubs have played in the VHL, and 34 of them have at least once qualified for the playoffs. Only one club (Toros Neftekamsk) has made the playoffs in all nine championships of the VHL, reaching the semi-final stage six times. 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]


  1. ^ Supreme Hockey League
  2. ^ TV-VHL on YouTube
  3. ^ "League Structure". KHL. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. 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. Archived from the original on 12 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Учреждение ВХЛ". Retrieved 4 April 2010.

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