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 2014–15 KHL season. 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 the 2015–16 KHL season, the Russian Championship is awarded to the highest-ranked Russian team of the playoffs. Until 2011–12 KHL season, non-Russian KHL teams were also eligible for Russian Championship. 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.|
Medal summary by club
|CSKA Moscow (earlier known as CDKA Moscow from 1946 to 1951,
as CDSA Moscow from 1952 to 1954 and as CSK MO from 1955 to 1959)
|1947–48, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 2014–15, 2018–19, 2019–20|
|Dynamo Moscow||1946–47, 1953–54, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95,1995-96, 1999–00, 2004–05, 2011–12, 2012–13|
|Metallurg Magnitogorsk||1997-98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2013–14, 2015–16|
|Spartak Moscow||1961–62, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1975–76|
|Ak Bars Kazan||2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2017–18|
|Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (earlier known as Torpedo Yaroslavl)||1996–97, 2001–02, 2002–03|
|VVS Moscow||1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53|
|Krylya Sovetov Moscow||1956–57, 1973–74|
|Salavat Yulaev Ufa||2007–08, 2010–11|
|SKA Saint Petersburg (earlier known as SKA Leningrad)||2016–17|
|Atlant Moscow Oblast (earlier known as Khimik Voskresensk)||-|
|Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (earlier known as Torpedo Gorky)||-|
|Dinamo Riga (original)[*]||-|
bold – club is currently member of KHL
italics – indicates club does not exist anymore
[*] – non-Russian based club
- KHL Sports Regulations 2014-2017. khl.ru.
- KHL Sports Regulations 2014-2017 (amended 2015). khl.ru.
- The RIHF and KHL have agreed on the Russian championship medal format. fhr.ru.
- KHL Sports Regulations 2010-2011. khl.ru.
- KHL Sports Regulations 2011-2014. khl.ru.
- Новые трофеи Лиги. khl.ru. Retrieved on 4 March 2010.
- Lev Praha was the Gagarin Cup runner-up, but ineligible as a Czech team
- In the 2014/15 season, the Russian champion and all the medalists were determined by the result of the regular season.
- 2020 Gagarin Cup playoffs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners were announced based on their performance during regular season
- Hockeystars. Russian Championship statistics
- fhr.ru Ice Hockey Federation of Russia official site (in Russian)
|Ice hockey in Russia|
|Ice Hockey Federation of Russia|
|Defunct leagues||International Hockey League - Superleague - Vysshaya Liga -Second League|
|Statistics||List of Soviet and Russian ice hockey champions - List of scoring champions -List of goal scoring champions|
|Soviet Championship League seasons|
|1946–47 - 1947–48 - 1948–49 - 1949–50 - 1950–51 - 1951–52 - 1952–53 - 1953–54 - 1954–55 - 1955–56 - 1956–57 - 1957–58 - 1958–59 - 1959–60 - 1960–61 - 1961–62 - 1962–63 - 1963–64 - 1964–65 - 1965–66 - 1966–67 - 1967–68 - 1968–69 - 1969–70 - 1970–71 - 1971–72 - 1972–73 - 1973–74 - 1974–75 - 1975–76 - 1976–77 - 1977–78 - 1978–79 - 1979–80 - 1980–81 - 1981–82 - 1982–83 - 1983–84 - 1984–85 - 1985–86 - 1986–87 - 1987–88 - 1988–89 - 1989–90 - 1990–91 - 1991–92|
|Last season teams||Amur Khabarovsk - Ak Bars Kazan - Avangard Omsk - CSKA Moscow - Dynamo Moscow - Khimik Moscow Oblast - Lada Togliatti - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl - Metallurg Magnitogorsk - Metallurg Novokuznetsk - MVD Moscow Oblast - Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk - Salavat Yulaev Ufa - Severstal Cherepovets - Sibir Novosibirsk - SKA Saint Petersburg - Spartak Moscow - Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod - Traktor Chelyabinsk - Vityaz Chekhov|
|IHL seasons||1992–93 - 1993–94 - 1994–95 - 1995–96|
|RSL seasons||1996–97 - 1997–98 - 1998–99 - 1999–00 - 2000–01 - 2001–02 - 2002–03 - 2003–04 - 2004–05 - 2005–06 - 2006–07 - 2007–08|
|Related articles||Soviet Championship League (from 1946 until 1992) - International Hockey League (1992–1996) - Vysshaya Liga (former second tier, from 1992 until 2010) / Supreme Hockey League / (current second tier, from 2010) - Kontinental Hockey League (from 2008) - Ice Hockey Federation of Russia|