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The Junior Hockey League (MHL)[4] (Russian: Молодежная Хоккейная Лига (МХЛ), tr. Molodezhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga), sometimes translated as the Minor[5] or Youth Hockey League,[6] is a major junior ice hockey league in Eurasia, founded in 2009. It currently consists of 33 teams from 4 countries.[7] Some of these teams are subsidiaries (feeder teams) for their respective KHL or VHL professional counterparts, other teams are subsidiaries of teams of other leagues (VHL, BEL, PHL) and some teams don't have an affiliated team (e.g. Silver Lions). A player's age cannot be older than 20.[8] The Kharlamov Cup, named after star ice hockey player Valeri Kharlamov, is awarded annually as the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia's official Junior Championship,[9] following a 16-team playoff at the end of the regular season.

Junior Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017–18 Junior Hockey League season
Junior Hockey League (Russia).svg
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 2009
Motto Лига Сильных (Liga Silnykh, The League of the Strong)[1][2]
No. of teams 33
Country  China (1 team)
 Kazakhstan (2 teams)
 Latvia (1 team)
 Russia (29 teams)
Most recent
Krasnaya Armiya (2nd title)
Most titles Omskie Yastreby & Krasnaya Armiya (2)
TV partner(s) KHL-TV (Russia (as part of the NTV Plus package), International (through KHL's website))[3]
LTV7 (Latvia)
Official website


Teams in 2017–18Edit

Junior Hockey League
Western Conference
Team City Arena Affiliate Team Joined league
Almaz   Cherepovets Ice Palace Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) 2009
Amurskie Tigry   Khabarovsk Platinum Arena Amur Khabarovsk (KHL) 2010
Atlanty   Mytishchi Mytishchi Arena None 2009
Chaika   Nizhny Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) 2009
Dinamo   Saint Petersburg Yubileyny Sports Palace None 2013
Dynamo   Balashikha Balashikha Arena Dynamo Moscow (KHL) 2009
HC Riga   Riga ledus halle Dinamo Riga (KHL) 2010
JHC Krylya Sovetov   Moscow Soviet Wings Sport Palace None 2016
Kapitan Stupino   Stupino Bobrov Ice Palace None 2017
Krasnaya Armiya   Moscow CSKA Ice Palace CSKA Moscow (KHL) 2009
KRS Junior[10]   Beijing Volvo Sports Center (in Riga) Kunlun Red Star (KHL) 2017
Loko   Yaroslavl Arena 2000 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) 2009
Russkie Vityazi   Podolsk Vityaz Ice Palace Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) 2009
SKA-1946   Saint Petersburg Yubileyny SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL) 2009
SKA-Serebryanye Lvy   Saint Petersburg Spartak Ice Palace None 2010
Spartak   Moscow Sokolniki Arena Spartak Moscow (KHL) 2009
Taifun   Ussuriysk Ice Arena Admiral Vladivostok (KHL) 2016
Eastern Conference
Team City Arena Affiliate Team Joined league
Altay   Ust-Kamenogorsk Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk (VHL) 2015
Avto   Yekaterinburg Yekaterinburg Sports Palace Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) 2009
Belye Medvedi   Chelyabinsk Traktor Sport Palace Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL) 2009
Irbis   Kazan TatNeft Arena Ak Bars Kazan (KHL) 2011
Kuznetskie Medvedi   Novokuznetsk Kuznetsk Metallurgists Sports Palace Metallurg Novokuznetsk (VHL) 2009
Ladya   Tolyatti Volgar Sports Palace Lada Togliatti (KHL) 2013
Mamonty Yugry   Khanty-Mansiysk Arena Ugra Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk (KHL) 2011
Omskie Yastreby   Omsk Omsk Arena Avangard Omsk (KHL) 2009
Reaсtor   Nizhnekamsk SCC Neftekhimik Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (KHL) 2009
Sarmaty   Orenburg Zvezdny Ice Palace Yuzhny Ural (VHL) 2015
Sibirskie Snaipery   Novosibirsk CSC Sibir Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL) 2009
Snezhnye Barsy   Astana Kazakhstan Sports Palace Barys Astana (KHL) 2011
Sputnik   Almetyevsk Yubileyny Sports Palace Neftyanik Almetyevsk (VHL) 2012
Stalnye Lisy   Magnitogorsk Magnitogorsk Arena Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) 2009
Tolpar   Ufa Ufa Arena Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) 2009
Tyumensky Legion   Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen Rubin Tyumen (VHL) 2010


Seasons overviewEdit

Season   Kharlamov Cup Winner   Kharlamov Cup finalist Eastern Conference winner Western conference winner
2009–10   Stalnye Lisy   Kuznetskie Medvedi   Stalnye Lisy (54 games, 135 points)   Krylya Sovetov (66 games, 119 points)
2010–11   Krasnaya Armiya   Stalnye Lisy   Tolpar Ufa (53 games, 121 points)   MHC Khimik (56 games, 107 points)
2011–12   Omskie Yastreby   Krasnaya Armiya   Omskie Yastreby (60 games, 114 points)   Almaz (60 games, 128 points)
2012–13   Omskie Yastreby   MHC Spartak   Omskie Yastreby (61 games, 151 points)   Atlanty (64 games, 135 points)
2013–14   MHC Spartak   Krasnaya Armiya   MHC Bars (56 games, 135 points)   Loko Yaroslavl (56 games, 136 points)
2014–15   Chaika Nizhni Novgorod   SKA-1946   Belye Medvedi (54 games, 124 points)   Loko Yaroslavl (56 games, 122 points)
2015–16   Loko Yaroslavl   Chaika Nizhni Novgorod   Omskie Yastreby (44 games, 93 points)   Loko Yaroslavl (42 games, 92 points)
2016–17   Krasnaya Armiya   Reaсtor   Reaktor (60 games, 123 points)   SKA-1946 (60 games, 121 points)

2009–10 seasonEdit

In the first MHL season, 22 teams participated, all from Russia. The MHL opened its doors on September 4, 2009 in Moscow, when the first ever MHL game was played between MHC Dynamo and CSKA-Red Army with Dynamo picking up the historic 6–2 victory.

The 2010 Challenge Cup (Russian: Кубок Вызова, Kubok Vyzova), the all-star game of the MHL, was played on February 6 in the Ice Palace Saint Petersburg. Western Conference Team defeated Eastern Conference Team 6–4. The last matches of regular season were played on March 8, 2010. Steel Foxes Magnitogorsk won the Eastern Conference regular season and the overall MHL regular season with 135 points in 54 games. Soviet Wings won the Western Conference regular season with 119 points in 66 games.

The playoffs started on March 13, 2010. No teams of the Western Conference made it past the round of 16 of the playoffs. Steel Foxes and Kuznetsk Bears reached the playoff finals for the Kharlamov Cup. The first game of the best-of-five series between these two clubs was played on April 21, 2010. Steel Foxes won the first ever Kharlamov Cup after defeating Kuznetsk Bears 3–2 on April 26, 2010 and winning the series 3–1. Polar Bears and Tolpar lost the semi-finals series of the playoffs and played in a two-legged tie for the third place. The first match of the tie was played on April 20, 2010 on Polar Bears' home ice and the second leg on April 24 on Tolpar's home ice. Tolpar won both games, first 4–2, second 5–2 and clinched third place of the first season of the MHL.

2010–11 seasonEdit

The number of teams was expanded from 22 in the inaugural season to 29 in the second season. 8 new teams joined the league while Dynamo Moscow's junior team left the league. Sheriff, the junior team of HC MVD in the inaugural season, was moved to Tver and would serve as the junior team of UHC Dynamo in the second season. Feniks was renamed to MHC Khimik. MHC Krylya Sovetov was reunited with PHC Krylya Sovetov (playing in the VHL) and the MHL team of the newly reunited club was moved to Dmitrov. Among the new teams were teams from Belarus and Latvia, thus making the league international. Both conferences were divided into 2 divisions each.[11]

The regular season started on 4 September 2010 in Magnitogorsk with a match for the Opening Cup between last year's Kharlamov Cup playoffs finalists Steel Foxes and Kuznetsk Bears.[12] Steel Foxes won the match with 8 goals to 1.The 2011 Challenge Cup took place in Ufa on 12 February 2011. As in 2010 the match pitted the best players of the Western Conference on one side against the best players of the Eastern Conference on the other side.[13] In the West, MHC Khimik won the regular season, while in the East Tolpar Ufa was the winner.

The play-offs were for the first time separate in each conference, with the two winners meeting in the Kharlamov Cup final. In the final, the Red Army team defeated Steel Foxes Magnitogorsk with 4–0 wins.

2011–12 seasonEdit

For the 2011–12 season, a second division named MHL-B was established, which features mostly junior teams of VHL teams. A relegation and promotion system is in place between the MHL and MHL-B. The number of MHL teams was expanded from 29 to 32. One team, Krylya Sovetov, left the league, while 4 new joined: Tatranskí Vlci Spišská Nová Ves (the junior team of Lev Poprad), Kapitan Stupino, Snezhnye Barsy Astana (the junior team of Barys Astana) and Mamonty Yugry Khanty-Mansiysk (the junior team of Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk). Minskie Zubry were renamed to Dinamo-Shinnik and moved to Babruysk. Sherif were renamed to HC MVD and moved from Tver to Balashikha.

The 2012 Challenge Cup took place in Magnitogorsk on 11 February 2012. The first ever Future Cup (Russian: Кубок Будущего, Kubok Budushchego) took place in Chelyabinsk on 13 March 2012 and featured the best under-18 players (not born before 1 January 1994) of both the MHL and MHL B division.

The regular season winners were Omsk Hawks in the East and Diamond Cherepovets in the West. Omsk Hawks also made it to Kharlamov Cup final, where they defeated the Red Army team from Moscow with 4–1 wins.

2012–13 seasonEdit

For their fourth season, the MHL expanded to Czech Republic and Hungary, with the junior team of HC Energie Karlovy Vary and Patriot Budapest joining. The two Russian teams Kristall Berdsk and HC Oktan Perm were promoted from MHL-B, while Ladia Tolyatti and Olympia Kirovo-Chepetsk were relegated. Slovak team Tatranskí Vlci withdrew from the league. These changes brought the number of teams up to 33, representing 6 different countries.

2013–14 seasonEdit

For the fifth season, the league expanded to 40 teams, divided into two conferences with two divisions each. New teams are the junior team of EC Red Bull Salzburg from Austria, Molodaya Gvardiya from Ukraine and Dynamo Saint Petersburg. Ladya Togliatti, Olympia Kirovo-Chepetsk, Junior Kurgan and HK Chelny were promoted from MHL-B. Oktan Perm was renamed to "Molot". In September, after the season had already started, Patriot from Hungary withdrew from the league, leaving only 39 teams to play the season.[14]

International matchesEdit

Tour of North America 2010–11Edit

In December 2010 and January 2011 a team composed of players playing in the MHL named the Red Stars toured North America and played 5 games there with the following results:

Date Arena City Home team Score Visiting team
28 December 2010 Tate Rink   West Point, New York Army Black Knights 4–11 MHL Red Stars
29 December 2010 Ingalls Rink   New Haven, Connecticut Yale Bulldogs 5–3 MHL Red Stars
1 January 2011 Gale Centre   Niagara Falls, Ontario GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Conference all-stars 4–7 MHL Red Stars
3 January 2011 Allman Arena   Stratford, Ontario GOJHL Mid-Western Conference all-stars 3–11 MHL Red Stars
4 January 2011 Wellington and District Community Centre   Wellington, Ontario Wellington Dukes 2–5 MHL Red Stars

World Junior Club Cup 2011Edit

The city of Omsk hosted the inaugural World Junior Club Cup from August 30 to September 3, 2011.

Tour of North America 2011–12Edit

As in 2010, the Red Stars (Russian: Красные Звезды, Krasnye Zvezdy), a team made of players who play in the MHL, toured North America. The opponents of the Red Stars were teams from NCAA Division I and NAHL.[15]

Date Arena City Home team Score Visiting team
17 December 2011 Ralph Engelstad Arena   Grand Forks, North Dakota North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5–1 MHL Red Stars
19 December 2011 Runestone Community Center   Alexandria, Minnesota Alexandria Blizzard 1–5 MHL Red Stars
21 December 2011 V.F.W. Sports Center   Bismarck, North Dakota Bismarck Bobcats 2–1 MHL Red Stars
27 December 2011 Gutterson Fieldhouse   Burlington, Vermont Vermont Catamounts 1–6 MHL Red Stars
28 December 2011 Ingalls Rink   New Haven, Connecticut Yale Bulldogs 6–4 MHL Red Stars
30 December 2011 Berry Events Center   Marquette, Michigan Northern Michigan Wildcats 3–2 MHL Red Stars
3 January 2012 Compton Family Ice Arena[16]   Notre Dame, Indiana Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2–1 MHL Red Stars
5 January 2012 Tsongas Center   Lowell, Massachusetts UMass Lowell River Hawks 6–4 MHL Red Stars

IIHF U20 Challenge Cup of Asia 2012Edit

MHL Red Stars participated in the 2012 IIHF U20 Challenge Cup of Asia, the U20 edition of the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia. Red Stars won all 4 of their games, with a total of 57–0 goals.[17]

Tour of North America 2012–13Edit

Date Arena City Home team Score Visiting team
23 December 2012 Bright Hockey Center   Allston, MA Atlantic Junior Hockey League 2–11 MHL Red Stars
27 December 2012 Tate Rink   West Point, NY Army Black Knights 2–6 MHL Red Stars
28 December 2012 Ingalls Rink   New Haven, CT Yale Bulldogs 10–2 MHL Red Stars
30 December 2012 Harbour Station   Saint John, NB UNB Varsity Reds 7-3 MHL Red Stars
31 December 2012 Aitken Centre   Fredericton, NB UNB Varsity Reds 5–2 MHL Red Stars
2 January 2013 Meehan Auditorium   Providence, RI Brown Bears 7–1 MHL Red Stars

IIHF U20 Challenge Cup of Asia 2013Edit

The MHL Red Stars participated in the 2013 IIHF U20 Challenge Cup of Asia. The tournament was held in Khabarovsk. The Red Stars won the game against South Korea but lost against Japan, finishing second in the tournament.[18]

Tour of North America 2013–14Edit

Game against Merrimack Warriors cancelled due to severe weather concerns according to North American sources.[19] Game ended 5 goals to 4 after a shootout according to Russian sources.[20][21][22]

Date Arena City Home team Score Visiting team
23 December 2013 Tsongas Arena   Lowell, MA Eastern Hockey League[23] 4–5[24] MHL Red Stars
27 December 2013 Ingalls Rink   New Haven, CT Yale Bulldogs[23] 6–3 MHL Red Stars
29 December 2013 Bright Hockey Center   Allston, MA Harvard Crimson[23] 9–3[25] MHL Red Stars
31 December 2013 Starr Rink   Hamilton, NY Colgate Raiders[23] 3–2[26] MHL Red Stars
2 January 2014 Lawler Rink   North Andover, MA Merrimack Warriors[23][27] 5–4 SO[20][21][22] MHL Red Stars
3 January 2014 Lynah Rink   Ithaca, NY Cornell Big Red[23] 6–0[28] MHL Red Stars


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  22. ^ a b HC Salavat Yulaev press service (2 January 2014). Не везёт в серии буллитов (in Russian). HC Salavat Yulaev website. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
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