The league was formed in 1995 by Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine, to provide a higher-level competition for teams from those countries. In some years, the league also included teams from Poland and Russia. Besides the main tournament for professional ice hockey teams, the league also had junior championships in several age groups.
By its end, the league was increasingly dominated by Belarusian teams. In 2005, it was dissolved. Instead, two teams from Latvia (Metalurgs Liepaja and Riga 2000) and one team from Ukraine (Sokil Kyiv) joined the Belarusian ice hockey league. This arrangement, however, lasted for only one year and the three countries now have completely separate ice hockey leagues.