Supreme Hockey League
2018–19 Supreme Hockey League season
Supreme Hockey League.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded [[2010]]
No. of teams 27 (2017–2018 season)
Most recent champion(s) Dinamo Saint Petersburg (1st title)
Most championship(s) Toros Neftekamsk (3)
Official website vhlru.ru
Related competitions Kontinental Hockey League
VHL-B
Junior Hockey League
National 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 (Vysshaya Liga) that formerly held a relegation role for the Russian Superleague, and was governed by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. As of the 2017–18 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.

Russian Classic[edit | edit source]

The Russian Classic (Russian: Русская классика, Russkaya klassika) is an outdoor ice hockey game that is played during the Supreme Hockey League regular season. So far, the visiting team has won every edition of the game.

Date Venue Sport Location Home Team Visiting Team Score Attendance
February 17, 2012 Central Stadium football, Rugby Krasnoyarsk Sokol Krasnoyarsk Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2–3 16,100
January 19, 2014 Central Stadium football Chelyabinsk Chelmet Chelyabinsk Lada Togliatti 2–5 9,200
February 14, 2015 Sputnik Stadium football Nizhny Tagil Sputnik Nizhny Tagil Yuzhny Ural Orsk 0–4 8,350
February 7, 2016 Khimik Stadium football Tver THK Tver Buran Voronezh 1–2 (OT) 6,350
January 14, 2017 Park Legend Moscow Dynamo Balashikha Khimik Voskresensk 1–3 1,831
January 28, 2018 Central Stadium football Kurgan Zauralie Kurgan Rubin Tyumen 0–4 3,000
  • Bolded teams denote winners

Seasons overview[edit | edit source]

Season Gold medal icon.svg Bratina Cup winner Silver medal icon.svg Finalist Final score Regular season winner
2010–11 Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen Flag of Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk 4–0 Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen
2011–12 Flag of Russia Toros Neftekamsk Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen 4–1 Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen
2012–13 Flag of Russia Toros Neftekamsk Flag of Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy 4–3 Flag of Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
2013–14 Flag of Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy Flag of Russia Rubin Tyumen 4–2 Flag of Russia Toros Neftekamsk
2014–15 Flag of Russia Toros Neftekamsk Flag of Russia HC Izhstal 4–2 Flag of Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
2015–16 Flag of Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk Flag of Russia HC Izhstal 4–1 Flag of Russia THK Tver
2016–17 Flag of Russia Dynamo Balashikha Flag of Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo 4–0 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo
2017–18 Flag of Russia Dinamo Saint Petersburg Flag of Russia SKA-Neva 4–2 Flag of Russia Dinamo Saint Petersburg

Teams in 2017–18[edit | edit source]

Team City Arena Capacity KHL Affiliate Team(s) MHL/NMHL Affiliate Team(s) Founded Joined league
Bars Flag of Russia Kazan Sports Palace Kazan 3,845 Ak Bars Kazan Irbis 2009 2014
Buran Flag of Russia Voronezh LDS Jubileiny 3,200 Dynamo Moscow MHC Dynamo Moscow
Rossosh Voronezh
1949 2012
Chelmet Flag of Russia Chelyabinsk Yunost Sport Palace 3,500 Traktor Chelyabinsk Belye Medvedi 1948 2010
CSK VVS Samara Flag of Russia Samara CSK VVS Sport Palace 3,500 Lada Togliatti Ladya 1950 2017
Dinamo Saint Petersburg Flag of Russia Saint Petersburg Yubileyny Sports Palace 7,000 Vityaz Podolsk Russkie Vityazi
JHC Dinamo Saint Petersburg
2013 2016
Dizel Flag of Russia Penza Dizel Arena 5,500 HC Sochi Kapitan Stupino
Dizelist Penza
1956 2010
Ermak Flag of Russia Angarsk Arena Ermak 6,900 Sibir Novosibirsk Sibirskie Snaipery 1959 2010
Gornyak Flag of Russia Uchaly LDS Jubileiny 1,500 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Avto 2013 2017
HC Ryazan Flag of Russia Ryazan Ryazan Olympic Sports Palace 3,000 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Loko
Loko-Junior
1999 2010
HC Sarov Flag of Russia Sarov Sarov Ice Palace 1,200 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Chaika 2002 2010
Izhstal Flag of Russia Izhevsk Sports Palace Izhstal 3,268 Severstal Cherepovets Almaz
Progress
1958 2010
Khimik Flag of Russia Voskresensk Podmoskovie Ice Palace 4,000 Spartak Moscow JHC Spartak
Atlanty
2005 2015
KRS Heilongjiang Flag of China Harbin Harbin Sport University Gymnasium 2,500 HC Kunlun Red Star KRS Junior 2017 2017
Metallurg Novokuznetsk Flag of Russia Novokuznetsk Kuznetsk Metallurgists Sports Palace 7,533 Independent Kuznetskie Medvedi 1949 2017
Molot-Prikamye Flag of Russia Perm Universal Sports Palace Molot 6,000 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Reaktor 1948 2010
Neftyanik Flag of Russia Almetyevsk Yubileyny Sports Palace 2,000 Independent Sputnik Almetyevsk 1965 2010
Rubin Flag of Russia Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen 3,300 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk Mamonty Yugry
Tyumensky Legion
1959 2010
Saryarka Flag of Kazakhstan Karagandy Karagandy Arena 5,500 Avangard Omsk Omskie Yastreby 2006 2012
SKA-Neva Flag of Russia Saint Petersburg Yubileyny Sports Palace 7,000 SKA Saint Petersburg SKA-1946
SKA-Serebryanye Lvy
SKA-Varyagi
2008 2010
Sokol Flag of Russia Krasnoyarsk Arena Sever 2,600 Amur Khabarovsk Amurskie Tigry
Krasnoyarskie Rysi
1977 2011
Sputnik Flag of Russia Nizhny Tagil Sotnikov Ice Sports Palace 4,200 Independent Independent 1948 2010
Toros Flag of Russia Neftekamsk Ice Palace Neftekamsk 1,900 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Tolpar
Batyr
1988 2010
Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk Flag of Kazakhstan Ust-Kamenogorsk Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace 4,400 Barys Astana Snezhnye Barsy
Altay
1955 2010
Tsen Tou Jilin City Flag of China Jilin Jilin Arena 8,000 Independent Independent 2017 2017
Yuzhny Ural Flag of Russia Orsk Ice Palace Yubileyny 4,500 Admiral Vladivostok Taifun
Sarmaty
Yuzhny Ural-Metallurg Orsk
1958 2010
Zauralie Flag of Russia Kurgan Ice Sports Palace Mostovik 2,500 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Stalnye Lisy 1962 2010
Zvezda Flag of Russia Chekhov LHC Vityaz 3,300 CSKA Moscow Krasnaya Armiya 2015 2015

All-time team records[edit | edit source]

Since its foundation in 2010, 40 different clubs have played in the VHL, and 34 of them have at least once qualified for the playoffs. Only two clubs (Toros Neftekamsk and Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk) have made the playoffs in all seven championships of the VHL with Toros reaching the semi-final stage in five seasons. The table gives the final regular-season ranks for all teams, with the playoff performance encoded in colors. The teams are ordered by their best championship results.

Club 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Toros Neftekamsk 2 2 3 1 8 3 5 10
Rubin Tyumen 1 1 2 3 11 19 10 17
Saryarka Karagandy 1 4 1 8 3 4
Neftyanik Almetyevsk 3 7 4 10 19 4 11 3
Dynamo Balashikha 19 20 11 13 17 12 6
Dinamo Saint Petersburg 12 1
Izhstal 16 19 26 19 2 10 16 21
Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk 9 8 14 11 15 9 1 7
SKA-Neva 11 11 18 25 21 7 2 2
Dizel Penza 7 5 16 6 10 20 19 19
THK Tver 19 8 3 1 7
Molot-Prikamye Perm 4 12 13 2 4 15 17 16
Buran Voronezh 7 9 7 5 25 25
Zauralie Kurgan 10 16 25 26 9 11 8 5
Ariada Volzhsk 18 9 12 14 20 22 24
Donbass Donetsk 3
Ermak Angarsk 8 6 8 17 12 6 13 6
Sputnik Nizhny Tagil 12 14 6 24 13 14 4 26
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 22 10
Ryazan 15 21 27 21 6 2 15 22
Chelmet Chelyabinsk 13 10 20 18 16 16 18 20
Lada Togliatti 20 13 9 12
Yuzhny Ural 6 4 5 7 18 17 21 11
Kuban 17 5 14
Kristall Saratov 17 23 21 22 25 26
Sokol Krasnoyarsk 18 24 16 22 18 9 8
Metallurg Novokuznetsk 13
Sarov 5 17 15 20 23 13 20 9
Titan Klin 15 22 15
Lipetsk 23 5
Zvezda Chekhov 21 14 12
Krylya Sovetov 14
Khimik Voskresensk 24 23 15
Tsen Tou 14
Bars 24 23 22 18
CSK VVS Samara 27
Gornyak Uchaly 23
KRS Heilongjiang 24
Yunost Minsk 23
Zvezda-VDV Dmitrov 26

Color Result
Red Bratina Cup Winner
Yellow Runner-up
Green Semifinalist
Light Blue Quarterfinalist
Blue Qualified for playoffs
Light Gray Not qualified for playoffs
Gray Did not play in the season

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Supreme Hockey League
  2. TV-VHL on YouTube
  3. League Structure. KHL. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. 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. Archived from the original on 12 October 2011. Retrieved on 16 October 2011.
  6. Учреждение ВХЛ. KHL.ru. Retrieved on 4 April 2010.

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