The Russian Superleague (Russian: Чемпионат России Суперлига, Russian Championship Superleague), commonly abbreviated as RSL, was the highest division of the main professional ice hockey league in Russia. It was considered the second best league in the world, after the National Hockey League (NHL) of North America.[1] It was a part of the Russian Pro Hockey League which was composed of three divisions — the Superleague, Major League (Vysshaya Liga), and First League (Pervaya Liga).

At the conclusion of the 2007–08 season, the Russian Super League was disbanded. It has since been replaced by the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).


History[edit | edit source]

The origins of the Superleague are in the old Soviet League, which was founded in 1946. The Soviet era was dominated by the Red Army-affiliated CSKA Moscow, who won 32 of the 46 championships. The league lasted until 1992 due to the Soviet Union's collapse. After its transformation into the International Hockey League, the league was rechristened the Russian Hockey League in 1996. From 1996 to 1999, league membership was Russian-only. In 1999, membership was open and the league went international, and was renamed the Russian Superleague.

Competition[edit | edit source]

The competition consisted of the regular season and the play-off. The games were played in accordance with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) rules.

During the regular season, each team faced each other team three times (twice at home/once away, or once at home/twice away). Each team played 57 games during the regular season. If a game was drawn, a five-minute sudden death overtime was played, followed by a shootout. Three points were awarded for a win in regulation, two points for an overtime or shootout win, one point for a overtime or shootout loss, and no points for a loss in regulation.

The 16 teams with the best regular season records qualified for the playoffs. Each playoff round was a best-of-five series. In each round, the teams were paired according to the regular season performance. The top team was paired with the bottom team, the second ranked team was paired with the team with the second worst regular season performance, and so on. The higher ranked team played games one, two, and five on home ice.

2006-07 teams[edit | edit source]

2007-08 season[edit | edit source]

Regular season ends at 1 March 2008.

# Team GP W WS L Goals ±G Штр P %P
1 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 57 37 2 3 1 3 11 183 119 +64 930 125 73,10
2 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 57 31 4 4 3 3 12 175 113 +62 940 115 67,25
3 CSKA Moscow 57 30 4 2 3 3 15 190 139 +51 1191 108 63,16
4 Khimik Moscow Oblast 57 29 3 4 2 2 17 189 135 +54 1085 105 61,40
5 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 57 29 2 3 4 0 19 167 148 +19 876 101 59,06
6 SKA Saint Petersburg 57 29 1 4 2 1 20 143 130 +13 991 100 58,48
7 Ak Bars Kazan 57 28 3 2 0 5 19 182 142 +40 1384 99 57,89
8 Avangard Omsk Oblast 57 24 5 2 3 1 22 172 154 +18 966 90 52,63
9 Dynamo Moscow 57 19 2 6 3 6 21 138 148 -10 1319 82 47,95
10 HC MVD Moscow Oblast 57 20 1 7 2 3 24 148 155 -7 909 81 47,37
11 Spartak Moscow 57 21 1 2 2 7 24 129 151 -22 826 78 45,61
12 Lada Togliatti 57 21 1 3 4 2 26 140 156 -16 983 77 45,03
13 Severstal Cherepovets 57 18 4 4 4 3 24 148 158 -10 913 77 45,03
14 Traktor Chelyabinsk 57 20 2 3 2 4 26 162 186 -24 1523 76 44,44
15 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 57 16 1 7 1 7 25 125 144 -19 1224 72 42,11
16 Amur Khabarovsk 57 17 3 4 2 4 27 122 160 -38 989 71 41,52
17 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 57 16 6 1 5 2 27 131 174 -43 1007 69 40,35
18 Vityaz Chekhov 57 16 2 4 0 7 28 151 181 -30 1843 67 39,18
19 Sibir Novosibirsk 57 17 0 1 5 4 30 121 182 -61 908 62 36,26
20 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 57 13 2 4 2 2 34 125 166 -41 901 55 32,16

Playoff[edit | edit source]

  • Round of 16: 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10 March
    • Salavat Yulaev - Amur 3-1 (2-1, 2-0, 2-3, 7-2)
    • Metallurg Mg - Neftekhimik 3-2 (4-1, 3-4, 4-2, 2-3, 4-1)
    • CSKA - Traktor 3-0 (6-0, 6-1, 3-2)
    • Khimik - Severstal 2-3 (3-4, 3-2so, 1-2, 2-1, 2-3)
    • Lokomotiv - Lada 3-1 (4-1, 3-0, 1-3, 6-4)
    • SKA - Spartak 3-2 (3-0, 6-1, 1-7, 3-5, 4-0)
    • Ak Bars - HC MVD 3-0 (6-2, 4-3so, 4-1)
    • Avangard - Dynamo 1-3 (3-4, 3-2, 2-3, 2-3)
  • Quarter finals: 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 March
    • Salavat Yulaev - Severstal 3-0 (3-1, 2-1, 3-0)
    • Metallurg Mg - Dynamo 3-2 (4-3s, 2-4, 2-3, 1-0s, 5-0)
    • CSKA - Ak Bars 0-3 (0-6, 5-6, 2-3)
    • Lokomotiv - SKA 3-1 (0-4, 5-1, 2-0, 2-1)
  • First semi final: 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 March
    • Salavat Yulaev - Ak Bars 3-1 (3-0, 1-2, 4-3, 4-3)
  • Second semi final: 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 March
    • Metallurg Mg - Lokomotiv 0-3 (0-2, 2-3, 1-2s)
  • Final: 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 April
    • Salavat Yulaev - Lokomotiv


Champions[edit | edit source]

Russian Super League champions[edit | edit source]

  • 2008 — Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  • 2007 — Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • 2006 — Ak Bars Kazan
  • 2005 — Dynamo Moscow
  • 2004 — Avangard Omsk
  • 2003 — Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • 2002 — Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • 2001 — Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • 2000 — Dynamo Moscow
  • 1999 — Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • 1998 — Ak Bars Kazan (Cup of Russia — Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
  • 1997 — Torpedo Yaroslavl

International Hockey League champions[edit | edit source]

  • 1996 — Lada Togliatti
  • 1995 — Dynamo Moscow
  • 1994 — Lada Togliatti
  • 1993— Dynamo Moscow

Players with most championships[edit | edit source]

Four-time winners:
  • Igor Schadilov 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Alexei Tereschenko 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Vladimir Antipov 1997, 2002, 2003, 2008

See also[edit | edit source]

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