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The Gagarin Cup

The Gagarin Cup is the championship trophy of the Continental Hockey League (KHL). The cup name commemorates Yuri Gagarin, the first man to fly in space. The KHL decided the name would be so because the last possible game of the inaugural KHL season would take place on April 12th, date of the anniversary of Gagarin's flight.

The tournament

In order to win the Gagarin Cup, teams must first qualify for the KHL playoffs. The 16 best teams (out of 24) qualify at the end of the season. While the 1/8 finals and quarterfinals will be of a best-of-five format, the semi-finals and the final will be best-of-seven series, with the Gagarin Cup ultimately awarded to the winner of the finals.

History

The inaugural Gagarin Cup tournament was won by Ak Bars Kazan, who defeated Lokomotiv Yaroslavl four games against three.

The winners

Gagarin Cup champions
Season Champion Runner-up Series result
2008-09 Ak Bars Kazan Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
4-3
2009-10

This article uses material from the "Gagarin Cup" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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