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The Vysshaya Liga (Russian: Высшая Лига, Vysshaya Liga, Supreme League) is the second highest professional ice hockey league in Eurasia. Initially the second division of the Soviet League and then of the Russian Superleague, it is now the level below the Continental Hockey League.

No promotion or relegation occurs between the KHL and the Vysshaya Liga as was the case with the RSL and the Soviet League; however, teams from the Vysshaya Liga fulfilling criteria fixed by the KHL may become full KHL member as part of league expansion. Khimik Voskresensk and Barys Astana are two such expansion teams.




The KHL era

The creation of the KHL brought many changes to the Vysshaya Liga's structure. Parting ways with the usual East and West divisions format, the league found itself divided in 2008 into three divisions, the Central Division joining the usual two. The league now has 24 teams split between the three conferences. These compete to qualify for the playoffs, which ultimately crown a champion, the Bratina Cup winner.

The absence of promotion and relegation with the KHL leads many to believe the Vysshaya is to become a developmental league for the KHL. Already, roster limitations such as a maximum of seven players over the age of 29 per team seem to indicate such a thing. Speculations suggest the league may, like the American Hockey League is for the NHL, become a "farm league", with all of its teams farm teams of one KHL team.

Participating teams

Division Team City Arena Founded Joined
Flag of Ukraine Sokil Kyiv Kyiv Sport Palace Kyiv 1963 2007
Flag of Russia HC Dmitrov Dmitrov Dmitrov Sport Palace 2003
Flag of Russia MHC Krylya Sovetov Moscow Soviet Wings Sport Palace 2008
Flag of Russia HC Rist Podolsk Podolsk 2008
Flag of Russia Kapitan Stupino Stupino 1999 2006
Flag of Russia Kristall Elektrostal Elektrostal Kristall Sports Palace 1949 2000
Flag of Russia HC Belgorod Belgorod 1999 2004
Flag of Russia HC Lipetsk Lipetsk Lipetsk Palace of Sport 1966 2000
Flag of Russia HC Ryazan Ryazan Ryazan Olympic Sports Palace 1955 2007
Flag of Russia Krylya Sovetov Moscow Moscow 1947 2008
Flag of Russia HC BMF St. Petersburg Saint Petersburg 2008
Flag of Russia Titan Klin Klin Ice Palace Valery 1991 2005
Flag of Russia Ariada-Akpars Volzhsk Volzhsk Ariada Ice Palace 2003
Flag of Russia Neftyanik Almetyevsk Almetyevsk Yubileinyi Sports Palace 1965 2001
Flag of Russia Kristall Saratov Saratov Ice Sports Palace Saratov 1948 1998
Flag of Russia Dizel Penza Penza Ice Sports Palace Penza 1955 2004
Flag of Russia Neftyanik Leninogorsk Leninogorsk Ice Sports Palace Leninogorsk 1965 2003
Flag of Russia Izhstal Izhevsk Izhevsk Sports Palace Izhstal 1949 2006
Flag of Russia Yuzhny Ural Orsk Orsk Ice Palace Rostoshi 1996 2006
Flag of Russia Toros Neftekamsk Neftekamsk Ice Palace Neftekamsk 1998 2006
Flag of Russia Molot-Prikamye Perm Perm Universal Sports Palace 1948 2006
Flag of Russia Gazprom-OGU Orenburg Orenburg Universal Sport Palace 1998 2007
Flag of Russia CSK VVS Samara Samara CSK VVS Sport Palace 1950 2000
Flag of Russia Mechel Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk Mechel Sport Palace 1948 2003
Flag of Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk Khanty-Mansiysk 2008
Flag of Russia Sputnik Nizhny Tagil Nizhny Tagil V.K. of Sotnikova Vmest 1948 2002
Flag of Russia Gazovik Tyumen Tyumen Sports Palace Tyumen 1995 2000
Flag of Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Yekaterinburg KRK Uralets 2006
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk Öskemen, East Kaz. Commercial Center of Sport 1955 2001
Flag of Russia Ermak Angarsk Angarsk Ermak Stadium 1958 2007
Flag of Russia Metallurg Serov Serov Metallurg Ice Palace 2004
Flag of Kazakhstan Sary-Arka Karaganda Karagandy, Karagandy 2006 2008
Flag of Russia Zauralie Kurgan Kurgan Mostovik 1994 2003
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Past champions

See also

Ice hockey in Russia
Continental Hockey League         Amur Tigers KhabarovskAtlant MytischiAvangard OmskAk Bars KazanBarys AstanaCSKA MoscowDynamo MinskDinamo RigaDynamo MoscowLada TogliattiLokomotiv YaroslavlMetallurg MagnitogorskMetallurg NovokuznetskHKM MVD BalashikhaNeftekhimik NizhnekamskSalavat Yulaev UfaSeverstal CherepovetsSibir NovosibirskSKA St. PetersburgSpartak MoscowTorpedo Nizhny NovgorodTraktor ChelyabinskVityaz ChekhovAvtomobilist Yekaterinburg
Vysshaya Liga          Neftyanik AlmetyevskErmak AngarskHC BelgorodMechel ChelyabinskHC DmitrovDizel PenzaKristall ElektrostalIzhstal IzhevskYugra Khanty-MansyskSokil KievTitan KlinKrylya Sovetov MoscowMHC Krylya SovetovZauralie KurganNeftyanik LeninogorskHK LipetskSary-Arka KaragandaToros NeftekamskSputnik Nizhny TagilGazprom-OGU OrenburgYuzhny Ural OrskMolot-Prikamie PermHC Rist PodolskHK RyazanHC VMF Saint PetersburgCSK VVS SamaraKristall SaratovMetallurg SerovKapitan StupinoGazovik TyumenKT Ust-KamenogorskAriada-Akpars VolzhskKhimik Voskresensk
Pervaya Liga
Russian Ice Hockey Federation
Men's Russian National TeamWomen's Russian National Team
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