From the league's inception in 2008 there have always been team changes in the Kontinental Hockey League between seasons, as some new teams have joined the league or others have left it. There is no promotion/relegation system with the VHL in place like there was with the Superleague and Vysshaya Liga. The number of teams in the league stayed at 24 throughout the first two seasons. In the third season the number of teams was reduced to 23 because Budivelnyk, a team that planned to join the league, dropped out before the start of the season.[1] Initially, Lev Poprad replaced Budivelnyk to retain the number of teams at 24.[2] However, Lev was excluded by the KHL before the start of that season,[3] but would be accepted into the league for 2011–12. The league plans to expand this number for future seasons.

The inaugural season of KHL included all 20 teams of the 2007–08 Russian Superleague. Non–Russian teams Barys Astana, Dinamo Riga and Dinamo Minsk also joined the newly formed league. Likewise, the recreated team of Khimik Voskresensk, the champion of the 2007–08 season of the Major League, joined. Thus the initial number of teams was 24.

Team changes by season[edit | edit source]

Season Teams left the league Fate of the team   Teams joined the league Where from Number of teams in the league
2008–09 inaugural season of competition 24
2009–10 Flag of Russia Khimik Joined VHL   Flag of Russia Avtomobilist VHL 24
2010–11 Flag of Russia Lada Joined VHL Flag of Russia UHC Dynamo Newly created team by merger of Dynamo and MVD 23
Flag of Russia Dynamo M Merged with MVD to form UHC Dynamo Flag of Russia Yugra VHL
Flag of Russia MVD Merged with Dynamo to form UHC Dynamo  
2011–12 Flag of Russia Lokomotiv Scratched from season due to plane crash Flag of Slovakia Lev Poprad Newly created team 23
2012–13 Flag of Slovakia Lev Poprad Disbanded Flag of Slovakia Slovan Slovak Extraliga 26
  Flag of Ukraine Donbass VHL
Flag of Russia Lokomotiv Returned to KHL after plane tragedy
Flag of the Czech Republic Lev Praha Newly created team
2013–14   Flag of Russia Admiral Newly created team 28
Flag of Croatia Medveščak Austrian EBEL
2014–15 Flag of Ukraine Donbass Joined the Ukrainian Hockey Extra League prior to the 2015–16 season, after one year of inactivity. Flag of Russia Lada Togliatti Returned to the league 28
Flag of the Czech Republic Lev Praha Disbanded Flag of Finland Jokerit Liiga
Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow Took one year off due to financial issues Flag of Russia HC Sochi Newly created team
2015–16 Flag of Russia Atlant Folded due to financial issues. Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow Returned to the league 28
2016–17   Flag of China HC Red Star Kunlun Newly created team 29
2017–18 Flag of Croatia Medveščak Returned to Austrian EBEL   27
Flag of Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk Joined VHL
2018–19 Flag of Russia Lada Rejoined VHL   25
Flag of Russia Yugra Joined VHL
2019–20 Flag of Slovakia Slovan Left league due to financial issues to attempt to rejoin Slovak Extraliga   24


Division lineup changes[edit | edit source]

Season Divisions
Bobrov Tarasov Kharlamov Chernyshev
Joined division Left division Joined division Left division Joined division Left division Joined division Left division
2008–09
(initial composition)
Flag of Russia Atlant
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn
Flag of Russia Metallurg Nk
Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev
Flag of Russia Severstal
Flag of Russia Spartak
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Russia Khimik
Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg
Flag of Russia HC MVD
Flag of Russia SKA
Flag of Russia Traktor
Flag of Russia Amur
Flag of Russia Avangard
Flag of Latvia Dinamo R
Flag of Russia Lada
Flag of Russia Lokomotiv
Flag of Russia Sibir
Flag of Russia Ak Bars
Flag of Kazakhstan Barys
Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Russia Neftekhimik
Flag of Russia Torpedo
Flag of Russia Vityaz
2009–10
(geographical realignment)
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Latvia Dinamo R
Flag of Russia SKA
Flag of Russia Atlant
Flag of Russia Metallurg Nk
Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev
Flag of Russia Severstal
Flag of Russia Atlant
Flag of Russia Lokomotiv
Flag of Russia Severstal
Flag of Russia Torpedo
Flag of Russia Vityaz
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Russia Khimik
Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg
Flag of Russia SKA
Flag of Russia Traktor
Flag of Russia Ak Bars
Flag of Russia Avtomobilist
Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg
Flag of Russia Neftekhimik
Flag of Russia Traktor
Flag of Russia Amur
Flag of Russia Avangard
Flag of Latvia Dinamo R
Flag of Russia Lokomotiv
Flag of Russia Sibir
Flag of Russia Amur
Flag of Russia Avangard
Flag of Russia Metallurg Nk
Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev
Flag of Russia Sibir
Flag of Russia Ak Bars
Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Russia Neftekhimik
Flag of Russia Torpedo
Flag of Russia Vityaz
2010–11 Flag of Russia UHC Dynamo Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn Flag of Russia HC MVD Flag of Russia Yugra Flag of Russia Lada
2011–12 Flag of Slovakia Lev Poprad Flag of Russia Lokomotiv
2012–13 Flag of Ukraine Donbass
Flag of the Czech Republic Lev Praha
Flag of Slovakia Slovan
Flag of Russia Vityaz
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Slovakia Lev Poprad
Flag of Russia Spartak
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Russia Lokomotiv
Flag of Russia Spartak
Flag of Russia Vityaz
2013–14 Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn
Flag of Croatia Medveščak
Flag of Ukraine Donbass
Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Russia Vityaz
Flag of Ukraine Donbass
Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Russia Vityaz
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn
Flag of Russia Torpedo
Flag of Russia Torpedo Flag of Russia Admiral
2014–15[4] Flag of Russia Atlant
Flag of Finland Jokerit
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of the Czech Republic Lev Praha
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Russia HC Sochi
Flag of Russia Torpedo
Flag of Russia Atlant
Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow
Flag of Ukraine Donbass
Flag of Russia Lada Flag of Russia Torpedo
2015–16 Flag of Russia Spartak M Flag of Russia Atlant
2016–17 Flag of China HC Red Star Kunlun
2017–18 Flag of Croatia Medveščak Flag of Russia Metallurg Nk
2018–19 Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Russia Severstal
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn
Flag of Slovakia Slovan
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn
Flag of Slovakia Slovan
Flag of Russia Torpedo Flag of Russia Torpedo Flag of Russia Lada
Flag of Russia Yugra
2019–20[5] Flag of Russia Torpedo Flag of Slovakia Slovan Flag of Russia Sibir Flag of Russia Torpedo Flag of Russia Sibir

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Budivelnik will not play in KHL. Kontinental Hockey League (26 June 2010). Retrieved on 26 June 2010.
  2. HC Lev to join KHL. Kontinental Hockey League (19 July 2010). Retrieved on 19 July 2010.
  3. You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}. (Russian). Kontinental Hockey League (28 July 2010). Retrieved on 29 July 2010.
  4. Regular Season Format Unveiled (2014-07-09). Retrieved on 2014-07-11.
  5. League confirms structure for the new season (2019-05-07). Retrieved on 2019-08-08.
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