Vysshaya Liga (ice hockey)
The Vysshaya Liga (Russian: Высшая лига чемпионата России по хоккею с шайбой, Supreme League of the Russian Ice Hockey Championship), also referred as Higher League or Major League and commonly abbreviated as RUS-2, was a second level professional ice hockey league in Russia.
|No. of teams||27|
|Promotion to||Russian Superleague|
|Relegation to||Pervaya Liga|
|Associated Title(s)||Bratina Cup|
|Recent Champions||Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk (2009–10)|
|Most successful club||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (3)|
The league consisted of two divisions (East and West) before 2008 and three divisions for the last two seasons. During 1997–2000 there was a relegation round where the strongest teams of the league played with the weakest RSL clubs for their place in the top division. In 2001–01 this system was replaced with a final round between the league teams only and starting with 2003–04 the Supreme League ultimately switched to playoffs. Its finalists were promoted to the RSL.
- 1992–93 – CSK VVS Samara
- 1993–94 – CSK VVS Samara
- 1994–95 – Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
- 1995–96 – Amur Khabarovsk
- 1996–97 – (West) CSKA Moscow / (East) HC Mechel
- 1997–98 – (West) HC Lipetsk / (East) Neftyanik Almetyevsk
- 1998–99 – Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
- 1999–00 – Neftyanik Almetyevsk
- 2000–01 – Spartak Moscow
- 2001–02 – Sibir Novosibirsk
- 2002–03 – Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
- 2003–04 – Molot-Prikamye Perm
- 2004–05 – HC MVD
- 2005–06 – Traktor Chelyabinsk
- 2006–07 – Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
- 2007–08 – Khimik Voskresensk
- 2008–09 – Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
- 2009–10 – Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
Establishment of the VHLEdit
In 2010, it became known that the Vysshaya Liga was to be replaced with the KHL–affiliated Higher Hockey League (VHL) under a new ownership. Most of the Vysshaya Liga clubs re-signed with the new league in the summer of 2010.
In 2010, the Supreme Hockey League was also established.