2010–11 VHL season

The 2010–11 VHL season was the inaugural season of the Higher Hockey League. It started on September 11, 2010, and finished on February 28, 2011. 20 teams each played 56 games.

2010–11 VHL season
LeagueHigher Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 11, 2010 – February 28, 2011
Number of teams20
Regular season
Regular season winnerRussia Rubin Tyumen
Top scorerRussia Evgeni Tunik
Toros Neftekamsk
Play-offs
Western championsRussia Neftyanik Almetyevsk
Eastern championsRussia Rubin Tyumen
Bratina Cup
ChampionsRussia Rubin Tyumen
  Runners-upRussia Neftyanik Almetyevsk
HHL seasons
← None

PreseasonEdit

Compared to the last 2009–10 Higher Hockey League where a total of 27 teams competed in 3 divisions,[1][2][3][4] there will be a total of 20 teams and two conferences in the 2010–11 season: Western and Eastern.[5][6] 18 of the 27 teams of the 2009–10 season compete in the 2010–11 season. Gazovik Tyumen were renamed to Rubin Tyumen, while Rubin's junior team, playing in the MHL, has the name Gazovik. Two new teams in the league are Lada Togliatti, excluded from the KHL after the 2009–10 season, and Dynamo Tver, the farm team of UHC Dynamo. The fates of the 9 of the 27 teams that participated in the league in 2009–10 but no longer do in 2010–11 are various: HC Yugra joined the KHL for 2010–11, Khimik were suggested by VHL's management to take a one year break and joined the MHL under the name MHC Khimik, the team from Orenburg, formerly known under the name Gazprom-OGU, also joined the MHL under the name Belye Tigry, Rys dissolved, the remaining 5 (e.g. CSK VVS Samara) joined the Pervaya Liga. HC Lipetsk was admitted into the league for 2010–11, but the team had to withdraw before the start of the season due to financial difficulties.[7] Lipetsk's place was taken by Krylya Sovetov Moscow on 12 August 2010.[8]

Regular seasonEdit

During regular season teams are to play 4 games against teams from their conference (2 home and 2 away) and 2 games against teams from the opposite conference (1 home and 1 away). The first match of the regular season took place on September 11, 2010 in Perm.[6] Molot-Prikamye's opponent was Toros Neftekamsk[6] and the match ended 2 goals to 1 Toros' way after a shootout. Last games of the regular season will be held on 28 February 2011.[6]

League standingsEdit

Source: vhl.khl.ru[9]

Points are awarded as follows:

  • 3 Points for a win in regulation ("W")
  • 2 Points for a win in overtime ("OTW") or penalty shootout ("SOW")
  • 1 Point for a loss in a penalty shootout ("SOL") or overtime ("OTL")
  • 0 Points for a loss in regulation ("L")

Conference standingsEdit

Western Conference GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
  Neftyanik Almetyevsk (AKB) 56 26 4 3 6 1 16 161 140 99
  HC Sarov (TOR) 56 25 3 6 2 0 20 168 149 95
  Dizel Penza (SEV) 56 23 2 3 8 1 19 132 123 88
  HC VMF St. Petersburg (SKA) 56 22 2 2 5 2 23 142 148 81
  PHC Krylya Sovetov (SPA) 56 19 3 7 1 0 26 163 172 78
  HC Ryazan (ATL) 56 19 1 4 6 3 23 153 169 76
  Kristall Saratov 56 17 0 3 2 5 29 149 183 64
  Ariada-Akpars Volzhsk (NEF) 56 18 0 0 4 4 30 138 193 62
  HC Dynamo Tver (DMOW) 56 13 3 5 3 2 30 150 190 60
  Lada Togliatti 56 15 1 2 2 0 36 130 184 53
Eastern Conference GP W OTW SOW SOL OTL L GF GA Pts
  Rubin Tyumen 56 38 2 2 2 0 12 172 104 124
  Toros Neftekamsk (UFA) 56 34 1 5 3 3 10 183 114 120
  Molot-Prikamye Perm 56 25 3 4 6 1 17 162 156 96
  Yuzhny Ural Orsk (MAG) 56 25 3 3 5 2 18 135 132 94
  Ermak Angarsk (NOV) 56 27 1 0 3 1 24 168 139 87
  Kazzinc-Torpedo 56 23 1 4 6 1 21 151 153 86
  Zauralie Kurgan (SIB) 56 20 2 8 3 3 20 153 147 86
  Sputnik Nizhny Tagil 56 20 4 5 0 3 24 149 144 81
  Mechel Chelyabinsk (TRA) 56 20 1 4 7 4 20 168 174 81
  Izhstal Izhevsk 56 17 1 6 2 2 28 119 132 69

League leadersEdit

Source: vhlru.ru[10][11]

Goals   Alexander Zhurun (Tyumen) 29
Assists   Maxim Zhapov (Almetyevsk) 31
Points   Evgeni Tunik (Neftekamsk) 51
Shots   Ruslan Bernik (Moscow) 170
Plus/minus   Sergey Zhurikov (Tyumen) +24
Penalty minutes   Igor Golovkov (St.Peterburg) 154
Wins (Goaltenders)   Nikita Davydov (Neftekamsk) 34
Goals against average   Stanislav Galimov (Almetyevsk) 1.46
Save percentage   Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 94.7
Shutouts   Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 8

Goaltenders: minimum 15 games played

PlayoffsEdit

The play-offs will feature 8 best teams of the Western Conference of the regular season and 8 best teams of the Eastern Conference of the regular season.[12] The play-offs start 5 March 2011 and are to end on April 27, 2011 if match 7 of the final series is to be played.[12] Conference quarter-finals and semi-finals are a best-of-five series, while the Conference finals and VHL finals are a best-of-seven series.[12]

  Conference Quarter-Finals
(best-of-5)
Conference Semi-Finals
(best-of-5)
Conference Finals
(best-of-7)
Bratina Cup Finals
(best-of-7)
                                     
1 Rubin 3     1 Rubin 3  
8 Sputnik 1     5 Ermak 0  


2 Toros 3 Eastern Conference
7 Zauralie 1  
    1 Rubin 4  
  2 Toros 1  
3 Molot-Prikamye 3  
6 Kazzinc-Torpedo 2  
4 Yuzhny Ural 2   2 Toros 3
5 Ermak 3     3 Molot-Prikamye 0  


  1 Rubin 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  1 Neftyanik 0
1 Neftyanik 3     1 Neftyanik 3
8 Ariada-Akpars 0     7 Kristall 0  
2 HC Sarov 1
7 Kristall 3  
  1 Neftyanik 4
  3 Dizel 3  
3 Dizel 3  
6 HC Ryazan 0   Western Conference
4 HC VMF 3   3 Dizel 3
5 Krylya Sovetov 2     4 HC VMF 0  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Playoffs leadersEdit

Source: vhlru.ru[13][14]

Goals   Rustam Shangaraev (Almetyevsk) 8
Assists   Vladimir Karpor (Tyumen) 9
Points   Daniel Nasybullin (Almetyevsk) 14
Shots   Andrei Kuzmin (Sarov) 58
Plus/minus   Sergei Serebryakov (Almetyevsk) +10
Penalty minutes   Andrew Ankudinov (Neftekamsk) 56
Wins (Goaltenders)   Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 14
Goals against average   Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 1.44
Save percentage   Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 95.2
Shutouts   Alexander Sudnitsin (Tyumen) 4

Goaltenders: minimum 5 games played

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Открытое Всероссийское первенство среди команд Высшей лиги сезона 2009/10. Дивизион Центр (in Russian). Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
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