Vysschaya Hockey League
|Current season||Vysschaya Hockey League 2019/20|
|Association||Russian Ice Hockey Federation|
Russia (27) Kazakhstan (3) People's Republic of China (3) Uzbekistan (1)
|Title holder||HK Saryarka Karaganda|
|Record champions||Toros Neftekamsk (3)|
|TV partner||own YouTube channel|
|^ Continental Hockey League|
The Vysschaja Hockey League ( Russian Высшая хоккейная лига , German Supreme Hockey League , until 2010 Vysschaja Liga ) is the second highest ice hockey league in Russia after the Continental Hockey League and also a multinational league with participants from Russia, Kazakhstan and the People's Republic of China . The Wysschaya Hockey League B and the Molodjoschnaja Chokkeinaja League are located under the Wysschaja Hockey League . The second division champion receives the Bratina Cup .
Until the collapse of the Soviet Union , the Wysschaja Liga was the top division, the second-rate league was the Perwaja Liga ( Russian Первая лига ) and including the Wtoraja Liga ( Russian Вторая лига ). This arrangement was dissolved in 1992 and the Vysschaya League became second class.
In the summer of 2010, the second division was reformed after the KHL and renamed the Wysschaja Hockey League . In addition to a new logo, the league was detached from the Russian ice hockey association and got its own management consisting of representatives from the KHL and the Russian association. In addition, the number of teams was limited to 20 participants who play in two conferences . With the inclusion of HK Lada Tolyatti from the KHL and Dynamo Dmitrow , the new farm team of the OHK Dynamo , other teams had to leave the league, including PHK Krylja Sowetow Moscow and Chimik Voskressensk . Chimik and Krylya Sovetov had submitted incomplete license documents, while HK Lipetsk was the last club to receive its license on June 30, 2010.
In mid-July, the administration of the city of Dmitrov terminated its cooperation with the OHK Dynamo, so that the latter looked for a new partner and venue. On July 16, a contract was signed with the city of Tver , so that both the HK Dynamo Tver and the HK Sheriff from the Molodjoschnaja Chokkeinaja League played in Tver.
At the end of July 2010 HK Lipetsk had to surrender its license for financial reasons, as the regional administration refused to support the club in excess of 70 million rubles. In August 2010, Alexander Medvedev initiated talks between the PHK Krylja Sowetow Moscow and MHK Krylja Sowetow Moscow , which led to the reunification of the separated clubs. Krylya's professional team took the place of HK Lipetsk, while the junior team will play in the MHL.
For the 2011/12 season with Titan Klin , Sokol Krasnoyarsk and Donbass Donetsk, three expansion teams were added to the league, with Donetsk being the first team from Ukraine to enter the league. HK Dynamo Tver was relocated to Balashikha and renamed HK Dynamo Balashikha . After the plane crash near Yaroslavl , in which almost the entire KHL team of Lokomotive Yaroslavl perished, Yaroslavl withdrew its nomination in the KHL and also took part in the VHL game. A year later, Donetsk was accepted into the KHL, as well as Lokomotive Yaroslavl entered the top division again, but continued to participate in the VHL with a second team. For this, the teams HK Saryarka Karaganda from Kazakhstan, HK Junost Minsk from Belarus and the Russian teams HK Kuban Krasnodar , HK Buran Voronezh and THK Tver were added as expansion teams. In 2013 HK Lipetsk was re-entered into the league, HK Junost Minsk and Lokomotive Yaroslavl II left after just one year. The HK WMF Saint Petersburg was to Kondopoga relocated and HK WMF Karelija renamed.
Participants in the 2019/20 season
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- ↑ Martin Merk: Rebuilding Ukrainian hockey - Notes. iihf.com, July 7, 2010, accessed November 5, 2012 .
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