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From the league's inception in 2008 until 2010 there were always team changes in the Kontinental Hockey League between seasons as some new teams joined the league while others left it. There is no promotion/relegation system with the VHL in place like there was with the Superleague and Vysshaya Liga. The number of teams in the league stayed at 24 throughout the first two seasons. In the third season the number of teams was reduced to 23 because Budivelnyk, a team that planned to join the league, dropped out before the start of the season.[1] However Lev Poprad replaced Budivelnyk to retain the number of teams at 24.[2] However later Lev was excluded from the league by the KHL.[3] The league plans to expand this number for future seasons.

The inaugural season of KHL included all 20 teams of the 2007–08 Russian Superleague. Non–Russian teams Barys Astana, Dinamo Riga and Dinamo Minsk also joined the newly formed league. Likewise, the recreated team of Khimik Voskresensk, the champion of the 2007–08 season of the Major League, joined. Thus the initial number of teams was 24.

Team changes by seasonEdit

Season Teams left the league Fate of the team   Teams joined the league Where from Number of teams in the league
2008–09 inaugural season of competition 24
2009–10 Flag of Russia Khimik Joined VHL   Flag of Russia Avtomobilist VHL 24
2010–11 Flag of Russia Lada Joined VHL Flag of Russia UHC Dynamo Newly created team by merger of Dynamo and MVD 23
Flag of Russia Dynamo Merged with MVD to form UHC Dynamo Flag of Russia Yugra VHL
Flag of Russia MVD Merged with Dynamo to form UHC Dynamo

Division lineup changesEdit

Season Divisions
Bobrov Tarasov Kharlamov Chernyshev
Joined division Left division Joined division Left division Joined division Left division Joined division Left division
2008–09
(initial composition)
Flag of Russia Atlant
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn
Flag of Russia Metallurg Nk
Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev
Flag of Russia Severstal
Flag of Russia Spartak
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Russia Khimik
Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg
Flag of Russia HC MVD
Flag of Russia SKA
Flag of Russia Traktor
Flag of Russia Amur
Flag of Russia Avangard
Flag of Latvia Dinamo R
Flag of Russia Lada
Flag of Russia Lokomotiv
Flag of Russia Sibir
Flag of Russia Ak Bars
Flag of Kazakhstan Barys
Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Russia Neftekhimik
Flag of Russia Torpedo
Flag of Russia Vityaz
2009–10
(geographical realignment)
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Latvia Dinamo R
Flag of Russia SKA
Flag of Russia Atlant
Flag of Russia Metallurg Nk
Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev
Flag of Russia Severstal
Flag of Russia Atlant
Flag of Russia Lokomotiv
Flag of Russia Severstal
Flag of Russia Torpedo
Flag of Russia Vityaz
Flag of Russia CSKA
Flag of Russia Khimik
Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg
Flag of Russia SKA
Flag of Russia Traktor
Flag of Russia Ak Bars
Flag of Russia Avtomobilist
Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg
Flag of Russia Neftekhimik
Flag of Russia Traktor
Flag of Russia Amur
Flag of Russia Avangard
Flag of Latvia Dinamo R
Flag of Russia Lokomotiv
Flag of Russia Sibir
Flag of Russia Amur
Flag of Russia Avangard
Flag of Russia Metallurg Nk
Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev
Flag of Russia Sibir
Flag of Russia Ak Bars
Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Russia Neftekhimik
Flag of Russia Torpedo
Flag of Russia Vityaz
2010–11 Flag of Russia UHC Dynamo Flag of Russia Dynamo M
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Mn Flag of Russia HC MVD Flag of Russia Yugra Flag of Russia Lada

ReferencesEdit

  1. Budivelnik will not play in KHL. Kontinental Hockey League (26 June 2010). Retrieved on 26 June 2010.
  2. HC Lev to join KHL. Kontinental Hockey League (19 July 2010). Retrieved on 19 July 2010.
  3. «Лев» не сыграет в ближайшем сезоне (Russian). Kontinental Hockey League (28 July 2010). Retrieved on 29 July 2010.


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