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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.

Supreme Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018–19 Supreme Hockey League season
Supreme Hockey League.svg
SportIce hockey
No. of teams27 (2017–2018 season)
Countries Russia (23 teams)
 Kazakhstan (2 teams)
 China (2 teams)
Most recent
Dinamo Saint Petersburg (1st title)
Most titlesToros Neftekamsk (3)
Kontinental Hockey League
Junior Hockey League
National Junior Hockey League

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 ClassicEdit

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 overviewEdit

Teams in 2017–18Edit

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

All-time team recordsEdit

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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Supreme Hockey League
  2. ^ TV-VHL on YouTube
  3. ^ "League Structure". KHL. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Medical Support For All". Kontinental Hockey League. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 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 16 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Учреждение ВХЛ". Retrieved 4 April 2010.

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