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The Russian Superleague (Russian: Чемпионат России Суперлига, Russian Championship Superleague), commonly abbreviated as RSL, was the highest division of the main professional ice hockey league in Russia. It was considered the second best league in the world, after the National Hockey League (NHL) of North America.[1] It was a part of the Russian Pro Hockey League which was composed of three divisions — the Superleague, Major League (Vysshaya Liga), and First League (Pervaya Liga).

At the conclusion of the 2007–08 season, the Russian Super League was disbanded. It has since been replaced by the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).


HistoryEdit

The origins of the Superleague are in the old Soviet League, which was founded in 1946. The Soviet era was dominated by the Red Army-affiliated CSKA Moscow, who won 32 of the 46 championships. The league lasted until 1992 due to the Soviet Union's collapse. After its transformation into the International Hockey League, the league was rechristened the Russian Hockey League in 1996. From 1996 to 1999, league membership was Russian-only. In 1999, membership was open and the league went international, and was renamed the Russian Superleague.

CompetitionEdit

The competition consisted of the regular season and the play-off. The games were played in accordance with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) rules.

During the regular season, each team faced each other team three times (twice at home/once away, or once at home/twice away). Each team played 57 games during the regular season. If a game was drawn, a five-minute sudden death overtime was played, followed by a shootout. Three points were awarded for a win in regulation, two points for an overtime or shootout win, one point for a overtime or shootout loss, and no points for a loss in regulation.

The 16 teams with the best regular season records qualified for the playoffs. Each playoff round was a best-of-five series. In each round, the teams were paired according to the regular season performance. The top team was paired with the bottom team, the second ranked team was paired with the team with the second worst regular season performance, and so on. The higher ranked team played games one, two, and five on home ice.

2006-07 teamsEdit

2007-08 seasonEdit

Regular season ends at 1 March 2008.

# Team GP W WS L Goals ±G Штр P %P
1Salavat Yulaev Ufa5737231311183119 +6493012573,10
2Metallurg Magnitogorsk5731443312175113 +6294011567,25
3CSKA Moscow5730423315190139 +51119110863,16
4Khimik Moscow Oblast5729342217189135 +54108510561,40
5Lokomotiv Yaroslavl5729234019167148 +1987610159,06
6SKA Saint Petersburg5729142120143130 +1399110058,48
7Ak Bars Kazan5728320519182142 +4013849957,89
8Avangard Omsk Oblast5724523122172154 +189669052,63
9Dynamo Moscow5719263621138148 -1013198247,95
10HC MVD Moscow Oblast5720172324148155 -79098147,37
11Spartak Moscow5721122724129151 -228267845,61
12Lada Togliatti5721134226140156 -169837745,03
13Severstal Cherepovets5718444324148158 -109137745,03
14Traktor Chelyabinsk5720232426162186 -2415237644,44
15Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk5716171725125144 -1912247242,11
16Amur Khabarovsk5717342427122160 -389897141,52
17Metallurg Novokuznetsk5716615227131174 -4310076940,35
18Vityaz Chekhov5716240728151181 -3018436739,18
19Sibir Novosibirsk5717015430121182 -619086236,26
20Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod5713242234125166 -419015532,16

PlayoffEdit

  • Round of 16: 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10 March
    • Salavat Yulaev - Amur 3-1 (2-1, 2-0, 2-3, 7-2)
    • Metallurg Mg - Neftekhimik 3-2 (4-1, 3-4, 4-2, 2-3, 4-1)
    • CSKA - Traktor 3-0 (6-0, 6-1, 3-2)
    • Khimik - Severstal 2-3 (3-4, 3-2so, 1-2, 2-1, 2-3)
    • Lokomotiv - Lada 3-1 (4-1, 3-0, 1-3, 6-4)
    • SKA - Spartak 3-2 (3-0, 6-1, 1-7, 3-5, 4-0)
    • Ak Bars - HC MVD 3-0 (6-2, 4-3so, 4-1)
    • Avangard - Dynamo 1-3 (3-4, 3-2, 2-3, 2-3)
  • Quarter finals: 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 March
    • Salavat Yulaev - Severstal 3-0 (3-1, 2-1, 3-0)
    • Metallurg Mg - Dynamo 3-2 (4-3s, 2-4, 2-3, 1-0s, 5-0)
    • CSKA - Ak Bars 0-3 (0-6, 5-6, 2-3)
    • Lokomotiv - SKA 3-1 (0-4, 5-1, 2-0, 2-1)
  • First semi final: 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 March
    • Salavat Yulaev - Ak Bars 3-1 (3-0, 1-2, 4-3, 4-3)
  • Second semi final: 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 March
    • Metallurg Mg - Lokomotiv 0-3 (0-2, 2-3, 1-2s)
  • Final: 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 April
    • Salavat Yulaev - Lokomotiv


ChampionsEdit

Russian Super League championsEdit

  • 2008 — Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  • 2007 — Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • 2006 — Ak Bars Kazan
  • 2005 — Dynamo Moscow
  • 2004 — Avangard Omsk
  • 2003 — Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • 2002 — Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • 2001 — Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • 2000 — Dynamo Moscow
  • 1999 — Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • 1998 — Ak Bars Kazan (Cup of Russia — Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
  • 1997 — Torpedo Yaroslavl

International Hockey League championsEdit

  • 1996 — Lada Togliatti
  • 1995 — Dynamo Moscow
  • 1994 — Lada Togliatti
  • 1993— Dynamo Moscow

Players with most championshipsEdit

Four-time winners:
  • Igor Schadilov 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Alexei Tereschenko 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Vladimir Antipov 1997, 2002, 2003, 2008

See alsoEdit


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Kontinental Hockey League          Ak Bars KazanAmur Tigers KhabarovskAtlant MytischiAvangard OmskAvtomobilist YekaterinburgBarys AstanaCSKA MoscowDynamo MinskDinamo RigaLokomotiv YaroslavlMetallurg MagnitogorskMetallurg NovokuznetskHC BudivelnykNeftekhimik NizhnekamskOHK DynamoSalavat Yulaev UfaSeverstal CherepovetsSibir NovosibirskSKA Saint PetersburgSpartak MoscowTorpedo Nizhny NovgorodTraktor ChelyabinskVityaz ChekhovYugra Khanty-Mansiysk
Vysshaya Liga          Neftyanik AlmetyevskErmak AngarskHC BelgorodMechel ChelyabinskHC DmitrovDizel PenzaKristall ElektrostalIzhstal IzhevskLada TolyattiSokil 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
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