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Supreme Hockey League
2015–16 VHL season
Supreme Hockey League.svg
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2010
No. of teams 26
Most recent champion(s) Neftyanik Almetyevsk
Most championship(s) Toros Neftekamsk (3)
Official website vhlru.ru
Related competitions Kontinental Hockey League
Junior Hockey League (Russia)

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 that formerly held a relegation role for the Russian Superleague, and was governed by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. As of 2011–12 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.

Transition to KHLEdit

It is believed that the league will become more of a developmental league. Only seven players over the age of 29 will be allowed onto each team's roster. With no promotion/relegation system set in place with the new Kontinental Hockey League, it has been speculated that most teams in the league will eventually become farm teams of the KHL teams.

Seasons overviewEdit

SeasonGold medal icon Bratina Cup WinnerSilver medal icon FinalistRegular season winner
2010–11Flag of Russia.svg Rubin TyumenFlag of Russia.svg Neftyanik AlmetyevskFlag of Russia.svg Rubin Tyumen
2011–12 Flag of Russia.svg Toros NeftekamskFlag of Russia.svg Rubin TyumenFlag of Russia.svg Rubin Tyumen
2012–13Flag of Russia.svg Toros NeftekamskFlag of Kazakhstan.svg HC Saryarka Flag of Kazakhstan.svg HC Saryarka
2013-14Flag of Kazakhstan.svg HC SaryarkaFlag of Russia.svg Rubin TyumenFlag of Russia.svg Toros Neftekamsk
2014-15Flag of Russia.svg Toros NeftekamskFlag of Russia.svg HC IzhstalFlag of Kazakhstan.svg Saryarka Karagandy
2015-16Flag of Russia.svg Neftyanik AlmetyevskFlag of Russia.svg HC IzhstalFlag of Russia.svg THK Tver

Teams in 2013–14Edit

Team City Arena Capacity KHL Affiliate Team(s) MHL Affiliate Team(s) Founded Joined league
Ariada Volzhsk Flag of Russia.svg Volzhsk Ariada Ice Palace 2,250 Metallurg Novokuznetsk Kuznetskie Medvedi 1996 2010
Buran Voronezh Flag of Russia.svg Voronezh LDS Jubileiny 3,040 Atlant Moscow Oblast Atlanty
Rossosh
1977 2012
Chelmet Chelyabinsk Flag of Russia.svg Chelyabinsk Sport Palace Yunost 3,650 Traktor Chelyabinsk Belye Medvedi 1948 2012
Dizel Penza Flag of Russia.svg Penza Dizel Arena 5,500 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Loko
Dizelist
1956 2010
Dynamo Balashikha Flag of Russia.svg Balashikha Balashikha Arena 6,500 Dynamo Moscow HC MVD 2010 2010
Ermak Angarsk Flag of Russia.svg Angarsk Arena Ermak 6,900 Avangard Omsk Omskie Yatreby
Angarsky Ermak
1958 2010
Izhstal Izhevsk Flag of Russia.svg Izhevsk Sports Palace Izhstal 3,900 Severstal Cherepovets Almaz
Izhevskaya Stal
1958 2010
Kazzinc-Torpedo Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Oskemen Boris Alexandrov Sport Palace 4,400 Independent Independent 1956 2010
Kristall Saratov Flag of Russia.svg Saratov Ice Sports Palace Saratov 5,000 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk MHC Reaktor
Kristall-Yunior
1955 2010
Kuban Krasnodar Flag of Russia.svg Krasnodar Ice Palace 3,100 CSKA Moscow Krasnaya Armiya
Berkuty Kubani
2012 2012
Lada Togliatti Flag of Russia.svg Tolyatti Lada Arena 6,100 HC Yugra Mamonty Yugry
Ladia
1976 2010
HC Lipetsk Flag of Russia.svg Lipetsk Zvezdny Ice Palace 2,100 Independent Elta 1979 2013
Molot-Prikamye Perm Flag of Russia.svg Perm Universal Sports Palace Molot 6,000 Independent Molot 1949 2010
Neftyanik Almetyevsk Flag of Russia.svg Almetyevsk Yubileinyi Sports Palace 2,200 Ak Bars Kazan Bars
Sputnik
1965 2010
Rubin Tyumen Flag of Russia.svg Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen 3,300 Admiral Vladivostok Tyumensky Legion 1972 2010
HC Ryazan Flag of Russia.svg Ryazan Ryazan Olympic Sports Palace 2,700 Independent Molnia 1999 2010
HC Sarov Flag of Russia.svg Sarov Sarov Ice Palace 1,200 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Chaika
Raketa
2002 2010
HC Saryarka Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Karagandy Karagandy Arena 5,500 Independent Kazakhmys 2006 2012
Sokol Krasnoyarsk Flag of Russia.svg Krasnoyarsk Arena Sever 2,600 Spartak Moscow MHC Spartak
Krasnoyarskie Rysi
2008 2011
Sputnik Nizhny Tagil Flag of Russia.svg Nizhny Tagil Sotnikov Ice Sports Palace 4,200 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Avto
Yunior-Sputnik
1948 2010
THK Tver Flag of Russia.svg Tver Ice Palace Yubileyny 1,980 Independent Tverichi 1949 2012
Titan Klin Flag of Russia.svg Klin Valeri Kharlamov Ice Palace 1,500 Vityaz Podolsk Russkie Vityazi
MHC Klin
1953 2011
Toros Neftekamsk Flag of Russia.svg Neftekamsk Ice Palace Neftekamsk 1,900 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Tolpar
Batyr
1998 2010
VMF Karelia Flag of Russia.svg Kondopoga Ice Palace Kondopoga 1,850 SKA Saint Petersburg SKA-1946 2008 2010
Yuzhny Ural Orsk Flag of Russia.svg Orsk Ice Palace Yubileyny 4,500 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Stalnye Lisy
Metallurg Mednogorsk
1958 2010
Zauralie Kurgan Flag of Russia.svg Kurgan Ice Sports Palace Mostovik 2,500 Sibir Novosibirsk Sibirskie Snaipery
Yunior
1993 2010

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