Higher Hockey League
2014–15 VHL season
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Founded [[2010]]
No. of teams 26
Most recent champion(s) Saryarka Karagandy
Most championship(s) Toros Neftekamsk (2)
Official website vhlru.ru
Related competitions Kontinental Hockey League
Junior Hockey League

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 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[edit | edit source]

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 that most teams in the league will eventually become farm teams of the KHL teams.

Russian Classic[edit | edit source]

An outdoor ice hockey game named the Russian Classic (Russian: Русская классика, Russkaya klassika) took place on February 17, 2012 at the Central Stadium in Krasnoyarsk. The game featured Sokol Krasnoyarsk against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The second Russian Classic is set for January 19, 2014 at the Central Stadium of Chelyabinsk, where Chelmet Chelyabinsk is going to host Lada Togliatti.[7]

Seasons overview[edit | edit source]

Season Gold medal icon.svg Bratina Cup Winner Silver medal icon.svg Finalist Regular season winner
2010–11 Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen Flag of Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen
2011–12 Flag of Russia Toros Neftekamsk Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen
2012–13 Flag of Russia Toros Neftekamsk Flag of Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy Flag of Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
2013-14 Flag of Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen Flag of Russia Toros Neftekamsk

Teams in 2013–14[edit | edit source]

Team City Arena Capacity KHL Affiliate Team(s) MHL Affiliate Team(s) Founded Joined league
Ariada Volzhsk Flag of Russia Volzhsk Ariada Ice Palace 2,250 Metallurg Novokuznetsk Kuznetskie Medvedi 1996 2010
Buran Voronezh Flag of Russia Voronezh LDS Jubileiny 3,040 Atlant Moscow Oblast Atlanty
1977 2012
Chelmet Chelyabinsk Flag of Russia Chelyabinsk Sport Palace Yunost 3,650 Traktor Chelyabinsk Belye Medvedi 1948 2012
Dizel Penza Flag of Russia Penza Dizel Arena 5,500 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Loko
1956 2010
Dynamo Balashikha Flag of Russia Balashikha Balashikha Arena 6,500 Dynamo Moscow HC MVD 2010 2010
Ermak Angarsk Flag of Russia Angarsk Arena Ermak 6,900 Avangard Omsk Omskie Yatreby
Angarsky Ermak
1958 2010
Izhstal Izhevsk Flag of Russia Izhevsk Sports Palace Izhstal 3,900 Severstal Cherepovets Almaz
Izhevskaya Stal
1958 2010
Kazzinc-Torpedo Flag of Kazakhstan Oskemen Boris Alexandrov Sport Palace 4,400 Independent Independent 1956 2010
Kristall Saratov Flag of Russia Saratov Ice Sports Palace Saratov 5,000 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk MHC Reaktor
1955 2010
Kuban Krasnodar Flag of Russia Krasnodar Ice Palace 3,100 CSKA Moscow Krasnaya Armiya
Berkuty Kubani
2012 2012
Lada Togliatti Flag of Russia Tolyatti Lada Arena 6,100 HC Yugra Mamonty Yugry
1976 2010
HC Lipetsk Flag of Russia Lipetsk Zvezdny Ice Palace 2,100 Independent Elta 1979 2013
Molot-Prikamye Perm Flag of Russia Perm Universal Sports Palace Molot 6,000 Independent Molot 1949 2010
Neftyanik Almetyevsk Flag of Russia Almetyevsk Yubileinyi Sports Palace 2,200 Ak Bars Kazan Bars
1965 2010
Rubin Tyumen Flag of Russia Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen 3,300 Admiral Vladivostok Tyumensky Legion 1972 2010
HC Ryazan Flag of Russia Ryazan Ryazan Olympic Sports Palace 2,700 Independent Molnia 1999 2010
HC Sarov Flag of Russia Sarov Sarov Ice Palace 1,200 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Chaika
2002 2010
Saryarka Karagandy Flag of Kazakhstan Karagandy Karagandy Arena 5,500 Independent Kazakhmys 2006 2012
Sokol Krasnoyarsk Flag of Russia Krasnoyarsk Arena Sever 2,600 Spartak Moscow MHC Spartak
Krasnoyarskie Rysi
2008 2011
Sputnik Nizhny Tagil Flag of Russia Nizhny Tagil Sotnikov Ice Sports Palace 4,200 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Avto
1948 2010
THK Tver Flag of Russia Tver Ice Palace Yubileyny 1,980 Independent Tverichi 1949 2012
Titan Klin Flag of Russia Klin Valeri Kharlamov Ice Palace 1,500 Vityaz Podolsk Russkie Vityazi
MHC Klin
1953 2011
Toros Neftekamsk Flag of Russia Neftekamsk Ice Palace Neftekamsk 1,900 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Tolpar
1998 2010
VMF Karelia Flag of Russia Kondopoga Ice Palace Kondopoga 1,850 SKA Saint Petersburg SKA-1946 2008 2010
Yuzhny Ural Orsk Flag of Russia Orsk Ice Palace Yubileyny 4,500 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Stalnye Lisy
Metallurg Mednogorsk
1958 2010
Zauralie Kurgan Flag of Russia Kurgan Ice Sports Palace Mostovik 2,500 Sibir Novosibirsk Sibirskie Snaipery
1993 2010

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Supreme Hockey League
  2. TV-VHL on YouTube
  3. League Structure. KHL. Retrieved on 1 June 2013.
  4. Medical Support For All. Kontinental Hockey League (26 June 2010). Retrieved on 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 on 16 October 2011.
  6. Учреждение ВХЛ. KHL.ru. Retrieved on 4 April 2010.
  7. Русская Классика-2014. vhlru.ru. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.

External links[edit | edit source]

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