Vysshaya Liga

Vysshaya Liga (ice hockey)

The Russian Supreme League (also Highleague) (Высшая Лига, Vysshaya Liga) is the lower division of the Kontinental Hockey League, a professional ice hockey league in Eurasia. Prior to the KHL's creation, it held the same role for the Russian Superleague and Soviet League (where it was considered Class-A 2nd division)

Many changes will occur in the upcoming 2008-09 Vysshaya Liga season. The league will be divided into three separate leagues; East, Central, and West, rather than the usual East and West. Twenty four teams will qualify for the playoffs culminating in a final for the Bratina Cup.

It is believed that the league will become more of a developmental league. Only 7 players over the age of 29 will be allowed onto each team's roster. With no promotion/relegation system set in place with the new Kontinental Hockey League, it has been speculated that most teams in the league will eventually become farm teams of the KHL teams.

Teams for 2008-09 season

Western Division Central Division Eastern Division
HC Belgorod Ariada-Akpars Volzhsk Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
HC BMF St. Petersburg CSK VVS Samara Ermak Angarsk
HC Dmitrov Dizel Penza Gazovik Tyumen
HC Lipetsk Gazprom-OGU Orenburg Kaztsink-Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
HC Rist Podolsk Izhstal Izhevsk Mechel Chelyabinsk
HC Ryazan Kristall Saratov Metallurg Serov
Kapitan Stupino Molot-Prikamye Perm Sary-Arka Karaganda
Kristall Elektrostal Neftyanik Almetievsk Sputnik Nizhny Tagil
Krylya Sovetov Moscow Neftyanik Leninogorsk Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
MHC Krylya Sovetov Toros Neftekamsk Zauralie Kurgan
Sokil Kyiv Yuzhny Ural Orsk
Titan Klin

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