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Opening Cup
Established 2008
Current holder(s) Ak Bars Kazan
Awarded to the Team winning the first game of the regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League

The Opening Cup (Russian: Кубок Открытия, Kubok Otkrytiya) is the trophy awarded to the winner of the first game of every regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League. This match is played between the previous season's play-off champion and runner-up. The game is played on the home ice of the previous season's play-off champion. During the first season of the KHL the match was played between the winner and runner up of the 2007–08 play-offs of the Russian Superleague.

The Western Conference in the 2010 Opening Cup game will be represented by UHC Dynamo because the 2009–10 Western Conference champion, HC MVD, merged with Dynamo Moscow to form the new team after the 2009–10 season.[1]

Opening Cup winners

Key to colors
W Western Conference member
E Eastern Conference member
N/A N/A, KHL conferences established during the second season of competition
Season Match date Previous season
play-off champion
Previous season
play-off runner-up
Result Venue Ref
2008-09 2 September 2008 N/A Salavat Yulayev Ufa N/A Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4 – 1 Flag of Russia Ufa Arena, Ufa
2009-10 10 September 2009 E Ak Bars Kazan W Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 – 2 (OT) Flag of Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan
2010-11 8 September 2010 E Ak Bars Kazan W UHC Dynamo Flag of Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Calendar 2010/2011. “Third season of the Kontinental Hockey League starts September 8th with Gagarin Cup holders Ak Bars entertaining UHC Dynamo Moscow in Kazan in a clash for Opening Cup.”

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