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.
|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|