Kontinental Hockey League

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Kontinental Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
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Formerly Russian Superleague
Sport Ice hockey
Founded2008
President Alexei Morozov
MottoХоккей – наша игра! Khokkey – nasha igra! Jääkiekko on meidän peli! (Hockey is our game!) [1]
No. of teams24
Country
Most recent
champion(s)
Avangard Omsk (1st title)
Most titles Ak Bars Kazan (3)
TV partner(s)
List
  • KHL-TV (Russia (as part of the NTV Plus package), USA and Canada (part of ViaNetTV), [2] Russia and international through KHL's website)
  • Match TV (Russia)
  • CCTV-5+ (China)
  • Viasat (Finland, Sweden, [3] Norway, Denmark, Bulgaria, Hungary) [4]
  • Nova Sport (Czech Republic, Slovakia) [5]
Related
competitions
Official website en.KHL.ru

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL; Russian : Континентальная хоккейная лига (КХЛ), romanized: Kontinental'naya khokkeynaya liga) is an international professional ice hockey league founded in 2008. It comprises member clubs based in Belarus (1), China (1), Finland (1), Latvia (1), Kazakhstan (1), and Russia (18) for a total of 23. It is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in Europe and Asia, and the second strongest in the world behind North America's National Hockey League. [6] [7] The KHL has the third-highest average attendance in Europe with 6,121 spectators per game in the regular season, [8] and the highest total attendance in Europe with 5.32 million spectators in the regular season. [9]

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The Gagarin Cup is awarded annually to the league's playoff champion at the end of each season. The title of Champion of Russia is given to the highest-ranked Russian team. [10]

History

Establishment

Ak Bars Kazan after winning the Gagarin Cup in 2009 RIAN archive 386859 KHL finals - Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 1-0.jpg
Ak Bars Kazan after winning the Gagarin Cup in 2009

The league formed from the Russian Superleague (RSL) and the champion of the 2007–08 season of the second division, with 24 teams: 21 from Russia and one each from Belarus, Latvia, and Kazakhstan. The teams were divided into four divisions, based on the performance in previous seasons.[ citation needed ]

The start of the fourth season was overshadowed by the Yaroslavl air disaster on 7 September 2011 in which almost all members of the team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl lost their lives shortly after take-off for their flight to their season opening game in Minsk. The Opening Cup game in Ufa, which was already under way when news of the disaster arrived, was suspended. In memory of the disaster, 7 September remained a day of mourning on which no KHL regular season games took place, [11] until after the 2017–18 KHL season.

Journalist Vsevolod Kukushkin acted as the first press secretary for the league, after it evolved from the Superleague. [12]

Team changes

Finnish team Jokerit joined the league in 2014. Jokerit Metallurg Hartwall.jpg
Finnish team Jokerit joined the league in 2014.

In the 2009–10 season, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg joined the KHL and Khimik Voskresensk was transferred to a lower league.

In the 2010-11 season, Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk joined the league.

After several attempts by teams from Central Europe and Scandinavia to join the KHL, expansion beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union was finally realized in 2011. Lev Poprad, a newly founded team based in Poprad, Slovakia was admitted to the league. But after only one season, Lev was replaced by a team of the same name, Lev Praha, from Prague, Czech Republic, while Slovan Bratislava from Bratislava, Slovakia and Ukraine's Donbass from Donetsk joined the KHL as expansion teams for the 2012–13 season. [13] Lev and Slovan qualified for the playoffs in their first KHL season.

In 2013, Medveščak from Zagreb, Croatia, previously playing in the Austrian Hockey League, and Russian expansion team Admiral Vladivostok joined the league, thus expanding the league even further. [14] The league comprised 28 teams during the 2013–14 season, of which 21 were based in Russia and 7 located in the other countries.

In 2014, Finnish team Jokerit from Helsinki, Lada Togliatti (which previously played in the league), and newly created team HC Sochi joined the league. [15] However, HC Donbass did not play in the league for the 2014–15 season, due to the political instability in Ukraine, but had intended to rejoin later. [16] Two other teams, Lev Praha and Spartak Moscow, also withdrew from the 2014–15 season due to financial problems. [17] [18]

Prior to the 2015–16 season, Atlant Moscow Oblast withdrew from the KHL due to financial issues, while Spartak Moscow returned after a one-year hiatus. [19]

The newly created Chinese club HC Kunlun Red Star from Beijing was admitted for the 2016–17 season. [20]

Prior to the 2017–18 season, Medveščak Zagreb withdrew from the league to rejoin the Austrian league and Metallurg Novokuznetsk was sent down to the VHL. [21]

After the end of the 2018–19 season, HC Slovan Bratislava withdrew from the KHL due to financial issues to rejoin the Slovak Tipsport Liga. [22]

Season structure

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Original logo in Latin script and Cyrillic script until 2016

Since 2009, the league has been divided into East and West conferences. In the current season, both conferences include 12 teams divided into two divisions of 6 teams. Each team plays four games against each division opponent (20), three games against each non-division conference opponent (18), and two games against each non-conference opponent (24) for a total of 62 games. [23]

The eight top-ranked teams in each conference receive playoff berths. Within each conference quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are played before the conference winners play against each other for the Gagarin Cup. The division winners are seeded first and second in their conference, based on their regular season record. All playoff rounds are played as best-of-seven series. In each round, the top seeded remaining team is paired with the lowest seeded team etc. [24]

In the 2012–13 season, the Nadezhda Cup (Cup of Hope) was introduced, a consolation tournament for the teams who did not qualify for the playoffs. The winning team in the tournament wins the first overall pick in the KHL Junior Draft. The tournament is intended to extend the season and help maintain interest in hockey in the cities of these teams, and help players of national teams prepare for upcoming World Championships. [25]

Teams

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Moscow (see map)
Western conference teams (Divisions: Red pog.svg : Bobrov, Gold pog.svg : Tarasov, Steel pog.svg : Moscow and Moscow Oblast: see separate Map)
Moscow and Moscow Oblast teams (Divisions: Red pog.svg : Bobrov, Gold pog.svg : Tarasov)
DivisionTeamCityArenaCapacityFoundedJoinedHead CoachCaptain
Western Conference
Bobrov Jokerit Helsinki Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki Hartwall Arena 13,34919672014 Flag of Finland.svg Lauri Marjamäki Flag placeholder.svgVacant
SKA Saint Petersburg Flag of Russia.svg Saint Petersburg Ice Palace 12,30019462008Flag placeholder.svgVacantFlag placeholder.svgVacant
HC Sochi Flag of Russia.svg Sochi Bolshoy Ice Dome 12,0002014 Flag of Russia.svg Yevgeni Stavrovsky Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Spartak Moscow Flag of Russia.svg Moscow Megasport Arena 12,12619462008 Flag of Russia.svg Boris Mironov Flag placeholder.svgVacant
HC Vityaz Flag of Russia.svg Podolsk Vityaz Ice Palace 5,50019962008 Flag of Russia.svg Yuri Babenko Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Tarasov CSKA Moscow Flag of Russia.svg Moscow CSKA Arena 12,10019462008 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Fedorov Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Dinamo Minsk Flag of Belarus.svg Minsk Minsk-Arena 15,08620042008 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Craig Woodcroft Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Dinamo Riga Flag of Latvia.svg Riga Arēna Rīga 10,3002008 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Zubov Flag of Latvia.svg Lauris Dārziņš
Dynamo Moscow Flag of Russia.svg Moscow VTB Arena 10,49519462008 Flag of Russia.svg Alexei Kudashov Flag of Russia.svg Vadim Shipachyov
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Flag of Russia.svg Yaroslavl Arena 2000 9,07019592008 Flag of Belarus.svg Andrei Skabelka Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Severstal Cherepovets Flag of Russia.svg Cherepovets Ice Palace 5,58319562008 Flag of Russia.svg Andrei Razin Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Eastern Conference
Kharlamov Ak Bars Kazan Flag of Russia.svg Kazan TatNeft Arena 8,89519562008 Flag of Russia.svg Dmitri Kvartalnov Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Flag of Russia.svg Yekaterinburg KRK Uralets 5,54520062009 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Bill Peters Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Metallurg Magnitogorsk Flag of Russia.svg Magnitogorsk Arena Metallurg 7,70419502008 Flag of Russia.svg Ilya Vorobiev Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Flag of Russia.svg Nizhnekamsk SCC Arena 5,50019682008 Flag of Belarus.svg Oleg Leontyev Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Flag of Russia.svg Nizhny Novgorod Trade Union Sport Palace 5,50019472008 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg David Nemirovsky Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Traktor Chelyabinsk Flag of Russia.svg Chelyabinsk Traktor Ice Arena 7,50019472008Flag placeholder.svgVacantFlag placeholder.svgVacant
Chernyshev Admiral Vladivostok Flag of Russia.svg Vladivostok Fetisov Arena 5,5002013 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Vostrikov Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Amur Khabarovsk Flag of Russia.svg Khabarovsk Platinum Arena 7,10019662008 Flag of Russia.svg Vladimir Vorobyov Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Avangard Omsk Flag of Russia.svg Omsk (Balashikha) Balashikha Arena [lower-alpha 1] 5,67819502008Flag placeholder.svgVacantFlag placeholder.svgVacant
Barys Nur-Sultan Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Nur-Sultan Barys Arena 11,50219992008 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Yuri Mikhailis Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Red Star Kunlun Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing ( Flag of Russia.svg Mytishchi) Mytishchi Arena [lower-alpha 2] 7,0002016Flag placeholder.svgVacantFlag placeholder.svgVacant
Salavat Yulaev Ufa Flag of Russia.svg Ufa Ufa Arena 8,07019572008 Flag of Finland.svg Tomi Lämsä Flag placeholder.svgVacant
Sibir Novosibirsk Flag of Russia.svg Novosibirsk Ice Sports Palace Sibir 7,42019622008 Flag of Russia.svg Andrei Martemyanov Flag placeholder.svgVacant
  1. In 2018, Avangard Omsk's former arena, Arena Omsk, was found to be structurally deficient, and had to be demolished. The club currently plays at Balashikha Arena temporarily until a new arena in Omsk is constructed.
  2. Due to the on-going travel restrictions against the COVID-19 pandemic, Kunlun Red Star determined that they would be unable to play in Cadillac Arena situated in Beijing, China for the 2020–21 season. In August, the club signed a contract to play out of Mytishchi Arena located on the outskirts of Moscow.

Players

KHL match Lev Praha vs. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in O2 Arena, Prague HC LEV Record O2.jpg
KHL match Lev Praha vs. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in O2 Arena, Prague

Though now not as restrictive in maintaining an exclusively Russian composition of players and teams, Russian teams are still not allowed to sign more than five foreign players, while non-Russian teams must have at least five players from their respective countries. Foreign goaltenders on Russian teams are subject to a limit regarding their total seasonal ice time. [26]

Prior to the inaugural season, several KHL teams signed several players from the NHL. [27] A dispute between the two leagues over some of these signings was supposed to have been resolved by an agreement signed on 10 July 2008, whereby each league would honor the contracts of the other, but the signing of Alexander Radulov was made public one day after the agreement (though it was actually signed two days prior to the agreement taking effect), [28] leading to an investigation by the International Ice Hockey Federation. [29] On 4 October 2010, the conflict between the leagues was settled when both signed a new agreement to honor one another's contracts. [30]

The league set up rules for the NHL lockout which lasted from 16 September 2012 to 12 January 2013. According to the special regulations, each KHL team was allowed to add up to three NHL players to its roster, among them at most one foreign player. [31] More than 40 NHL players, the majority of them Russians, played in the KHL during the lockout.

KHL players are represented by the Kontinental Hockey League Players' Trade Union. [32]

Nationalities of players

During the current season, players representing 16 nations have played at least one game in the KHL. [33] A player's nationality is for various reasons sometimes ambiguous. For the table presented below, the nationality "is determined based on the last country that the player represented in international competition. If a player has never played for a national team, usually the country of birth is chosen as the player nationality, unless there is strong evidence indicating otherwise". [34] For players born in former Soviet republics, the situation is often more complex due to dual citizenship and naturalization. Therefore, a list of players born in Ukraine gives case-by-case details for some of those players. In some cases, players can change their nationality registration with the league on a year-by-year basis, and their nationality with the league may not match that of their International Ice Hockey Federation registration. Non-Russians represent about 30-35% of the KHL players, and are mostly Central European, Nordic, and North American. In 2015–16, more than 950 players played in the league (see table below).[ citation needed ] Russian teams are limited to a maximum of 5 foreign players per squad. limit on foreigners in the KHL

Country (current number of teams)Players active
(2012–13) [35]
Players active
(2013–14) [36]
Players active
(2014–15) [37]
Players active
(2015–16) [38]
Players active
(2016–17) [39]
Players active
(2017–18) [40]
Players active
(2018–19) [41]
Players active
(2019–20) [42]
Players active
(2020–21) [43]
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 1
Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus (1 team)354650434038344950
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada 316150355453596248
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China (1 team)32
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia 322311
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 464729353533282023
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 12435643
Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia 11
Flag of Finland.svg Finland (1 team)403750475140424453
Flag of France.svg France 112311
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 133123
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 22
Flag of Israel.svg Israel 11
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan (1 team)353634423430252419
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia (1 team)353229333231283533
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania 211
Flag of Norway.svg Norway 33311
Flag of Russia.svg Russia (19 teams)539569592631662643579570637
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia 5143322727232466
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia 244443
Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea 11
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 242228272426263235
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 11
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine a10112254211
Flag of the United States.svg United States 121925192320191417
Total8639369369861,005955883917933

Trophies and awards

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Gagarin Cup

The winner of the playoff is awarded the Gagarin Cup. The highest placed Russian team is awarded the title of the Russian champion. The team ranked first in the standings after the regular season, i.e. the winner of the regular season, is awarded the Continental Cup [44] (Russian : Кубок Континента, Kubok Kontinenta). The winners of the conference finals are awarded the Eastern Conference Champion Cup (Russian : Кубок Победителю конференции Восток, Kubok Pobeditelyu konferentsii Vostok) and the Western Conference Champion Cup (Russian : Кубок Победителю конференции Запад, Kubok Pobeditelyu konferentsii Zapad). [45]

The KHL presents annual awards to its most successful players. The KHL also awards the Opening Cup annually to the winner of the first game between the Gagarin Cup winner and the runner-up of the previous season. On 10 September 2011, three days after the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash, the KHL head office decided to honor the deceased in the 2011 Opening Cup. [46] The League gives the Andrey Starovoytov Award annually to its referees of the year, also called the "Golden Whistle". [47]

Seasons overview

SeasonTeams Gold medal icon.svg Gagarin Cup Winner Silver medal icon.svg Gagarin Cup finalistFinal score Continental Cup Winner Top scorer
2008–09 24 Ak Bars Kazan Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4–3 Salavat Yulaev Ufa* (129 points) Sergei Mozyakin (76 points: 34 G, 42 A)
2009–10 24 Ak Bars Kazan HC MVD 4–3 Salavat Yulaev Ufa (129 points) Sergei Mozyakin (66 points: 27 G, 39 A)
2010–11 23 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Atlant Moscow Oblast 4–1 Avangard Omsk (118 points) Alexander Radulov (80 points: 20 G, 60 A)
2011–12 23 Dynamo Moscow Avangard Omsk 4–3 Traktor Chelyabinsk (114 points) Alexander Radulov (63 points: 25 G, 38 A)
2012–13 26 Dynamo Moscow Traktor Chelyabinsk 4–2 SKA Saint Petersburg (115 points) Sergei Mozyakin (76 points: 35 G, 41 A)
2013–14 28 Metallurg Magnitogorsk HC Lev Praha 4–3 Dynamo Moscow (115 points) Sergei Mozyakin (73 points: 34 G, 39 A)
2014–15 28 SKA Saint Petersburg Ak Bars Kazan 4–1 CSKA Moscow (139 points) Alexander Radulov (71 points: 24 G, 47 A)
2015–16 28 Metallurg Magnitogorsk CSKA Moscow 4–3 CSKA Moscow (127 points) Sergei Mozyakin (67 points: 32 G, 35 A)
2016–17 29 SKA Saint Petersburg Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4–1 CSKA Moscow (137 points) Sergei Mozyakin (85 points: 48 G, 37 A)
2017–18 27 Ak Bars Kazan CSKA Moscow 4–1 SKA Saint Petersburg (138 points) Ilya Kovalchuk (63 points: 31 G, 32 A)
2018–19 25 CSKA Moscow Avangard Omsk 4–0 CSKA Moscow (106 points) Nikita Gusev (82 points: 17 G, 65 A)
2019–20 24Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic CSKA Moscow (94 points) Vadim Shipachyov (65 points: 17 G, 48 A)
2020–21 23 Avangard Omsk CSKA Moscow 4–2 CSKA Moscow (91 points) Vadim Shipachyov (66 points; 20 G, 46 A)

*: In the first season, Salavat Yulaev Ufa was the winner of the regular season, but the Continental Cup was not yet awarded.

Season Opening Cup Winner Nadezhda Cup WinnerPriceless Player (MVP)
2008–09 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Nadezhda Cup not yet introduced Danis Zaripov
2009–10 Ak Bars Kazan Alexander Radulov
2010–11 Dynamo Moscow Alexander Radulov
2011–12 Salavat Yulaev Ufa Alexander Radulov
2012–13 Dynamo Moscow Dinamo Riga Sergei Mozyakin
2013–14 Dynamo Moscow Avangard Omsk Sergei Mozyakin
2014–15 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Cancelled due to economic reasons Alexander Radulov
2015–16 CSKA Moscow Not contested Sergei Mozyakin
2016–17 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Sergei Mozyakin
2017–18 SKA Saint Petersburg Nikita Gusev
2018–19 SKA Saint Petersburg Kirill Kaprizov
2019–20 Avangard Omsk TBD

Statistics

Single season records

Regular season

[48]

RecordNameSeason
Points85 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Magnitogorsk) 2016–17
Goals48 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Magnitogorsk) 2016–17
Assists65 Flag of Russia.svg Nikita Gusev (SKA) 2018–19
Shots on goal253 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Darren Dietz (Barys) 2018–19
Plus/minus+48 Flag of Russia.svg Vladislav Gavrikov (SKA) 2018–19
Penalty minutes374 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Darcy Verot (Chekhov) 2009–10
Wins38 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jakub Kovář (Avtomobilist) 2018–19
Shutouts13 Flag of Russia.svg Alexei Murygin (Yaroslavl) 2015–16

Playoffs

[48]

RecordNameSeason
Points33 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Magnitogorsk) 2013–14
Goals15 Flag of Russia.svg Evgenii Dadonov (SKA) 2014–15
Flag of Russia.svg Danis Zaripov (Magnitogorsk) 2016–17
Assists20 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Magnitogorsk) 2013–14
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Chris Lee (Magnitogorsk) 2016–17
Shots on goal82 Flag of Russia.svg Evgeny Kuznetsov (Chelyabinsk) 2012–13
Plus/minus+16 Flag of Slovakia.svg Dominik Graňák (Dynamo Moscow) 2012–13
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Chris Lee (Magnitogorsk) 2016–17
Penalty minutes69 Flag of Russia.svg Maxim Goncharov (Ufa) 2015–16
Wins16 Flag of Russia.svg Alexander Yeryomenko (Dynamo Moscow) 2011–12, 2012–13
Flag of Russia.svg Vasily Koshechkin (Magnitogorsk) 2013–14
Flag of Finland.svg Mikko Koskinen (SKA) 2014–15
Flag of Russia.svg Emil Garipov (Kazan) 2017–18
Flag of Russia.svg Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow) 2018–19
Shutouts7 Flag of Sweden.svg Lars Johansson (CSKA Moscow) 2020–21

Career records

Regular season

[48]

RecordNameYears
Points755 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant, Magnitogorsk)2008–2021
Goals350 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant, Magnitogorsk)2008–2021
Assists433 Flag of Russia.svg Vadim Shipachyov (Cherepovets, SKA, Dynamo Moscow)2008–2021
Games played684 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant, Magnitogorsk)2008–2021
Plus/minus+194 Flag of Russia.svg Alexander Radulov (Ufa, CSKA Moscow)2008–2016
Penalty minutes1050 Flag of Russia.svg Evgeny Artyukhin (SKA, Atlant, CSKA Moscow, Sibir, Dynamo Moscow, Vityaz)2010–2021
Wins271 Flag of Russia.svg Vasily Koshechkin (Togliatti, Magnitogorsk, Cherepovets)2008–2021
Shutouts71 Flag of Russia.svg Vasily Koshechkin (Togliatti, Magnitogorsk, Cherepovets)2008–2021

Playoffs

[48]

RecordNameYears
Points172 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant, Magnitogorsk)2009–2021
Goals68 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant, Magnitogorsk)2009–2021
Assists104 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant, Magnitogorsk)2009–2021
Games played161 Flag of Russia.svg Yevgeny Biryukov (Magnitogorsk, Ufa)2009–2021
Plus/minus+52 Flag of Russia.svg Danis Zaripov (Kazan, Magnitogorsk)2009–2021
Penalty minutes312 Flag of Russia.svg Grigori Panin (Kazan, CSKA Moscow, Ufa)2009–2021
Wins71 Flag of Russia.svg Vasily Koshechkin (Togliatti, Magnitogorsk, Cherepovets)2009–2021
Shutouts16 Flag of Russia.svg Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow)2015–2020

KHL's longest match

Match timeDateMatchHomeVisitorResultOvertime goal scorer
142:09 mins22 March 20185. Conference Semi-Finals CSKA Jokerit 1-2 Flag of Finland.svg Mika Niemi

All-time team records

Since its foundation in 2008, 35 different clubs have played in the KHL, and 32 of them have at least once qualified for the playoffs. Of the 24 founding teams, only Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Khimik Voskresensk had never qualified for the playoffs (both are no longer in the league). The table gives the final regular-season ranks for all teams, with the playoff performance encoded in colors. The teams are ordered by their best championship results.

 [a]: Includes record of Dynamo Moscow before the merger with HC MVD in 2010

 [b]: Did not participate in the 2011–12 season due to the deadly air disaster on 7 September 2011, that killed the entire team

 [c]: Conference semifinals cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Attendance statistics

Jokerit - SKA in Helsinki Ice Challenge 2017, with KHL-record attendance (17,645) Helsinki Ice Challenge 2017.jpeg
Jokerit - SKA in Helsinki Ice Challenge 2017, with KHL-record attendance (17,645)

Total and average attendance by season, including play-offs: [50]

SeasonTotal AttendanceAverage Attendance
2008–09 3,886,9486,233
2009–10 4,223,6986,264
2010–11 4,293,2716,944
2011–12 4,320,9086,861
2012–13 4,775,0866,912
2013–14 5,190,1336,614
2014–15 6,066,0937,405
2015–16 5,875,6457,065
2016–17 5,892,8897,210
2017–18 5,318,1757,005
2018–19 5,644,8047,544
2019–20 5,118,9496,854

All-Star Game

The Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Game is an exhibition game held annually at the midway point (usually January or February) of the season, with the league's star players playing against each other. Previously played in a Russian players versus the "rest of the world" format, now it is Eastern versus Western Conference.

See also

Preceded by
Russian Superleague
Kontinental Hockey League
2008—present
Succeeded by
none

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HC Kunlun Red Star is a Chinese ice hockey club that joined the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) prior to the 2016–17 season.

The 2018–19 KHL season was the eleventh season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 1 September 2018 and ended on 19 April 2019. Continental Cup winners CSKA Moscow became the first team to win the Gagarin Cup finals in a series sweep, defeating Avangard Omsk in four games to win their first Gagarin Cup, after two previous Finals defeats.

The 2019 Gagarin Cup playoffs of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) began on 25 February 2019, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences, following the conclusion of the 2018–19 KHL regular season. The playoffs ended on 19 April 2019, when Continental Cup winners CSKA Moscow became the first team to win the Gagarin Cup finals in a series sweep, defeating Avangard Omsk in four games to win their first Gagarin Cup, after two previous Finals defeats.

The 2019–20 KHL season was the twelfth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. There were 24 teams that competed in 62 regular season games. The season began with the Opening Cup on 1 September 2019, and the regular championship ran until 27 February 2020. The playoffs were scheduled to take place from 1 March through until 30 April. The All-Star Weekend took place over 18–19 January 2020.

The 2020–21 KHL season was the thirteenth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. There were 23 teams that competed in 60 regular season games, beginning on 2 September 2020 and finishing on 27 February 2021. The playoffs were held from 2 March, culminating in Game 6 of the Gagarin Cup Finals on 28 April. Avangard Omsk won their first Gagarin Cup title, avenging their sweep in the finals of the 2019 Gagarin Cup playoffs, defeating CSKA Moscow by 4 games to 2.

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