Junior hockey league
Association "Junior hockey league" (JHL) was founded on March 26, 2009. It was founded by 20 professional ice hockey clubs, Kontinental Hockey League and Russian Ice Hockey Federation.
This is the biggest and the oldest professional youth sport project in Russia so far. Currently there is 34 team in JHL from Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia and China. Every team consists of players in between 16 and 20 years of age.
JHL’s mission is to develop and popularize professional junior hockey and to improve sports skills of junior players, coaches and referees.
Junior hockey league teams are divided into two conferences based on their geographical location. Western Conference has 17 teams, while there are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference. The teams face all of their conference rivals twice in the regular season. Eight best teams from every conference make it to the playoffs. Kharlamov Cup Playoff series are best-of-five. Kharlamov Cup Finals is a best-of-seven series. The winner of the final series takes the Kharlamov Cup.
JHL Challenge Cup (Kubok Vyzova)
The winner of the game will take JHL Challenge Cup.
JHL main trophy is named after legendary Soviet hockey player Valery Kharlamov.
Valery Kharlamov (1948-1981)
СSKA Moscow and Team USSR forward, honorary master of sports. 2-time Olympic champion (1972 and 1976), 8-time World Championship gold medalist. Top player in USSR (1972 and 1973). Played 438 games in USSR championship, scoring 293 goals. Scored a total 491 goals in his career. IIHF Hockey Hall Of Fame inductee (1998). NHL Hockey Hall Of Fame inductee (2005).
Kharlamov Cup champions:
2009/2010 – Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk
2010/2011 – Krasnaya Armiya Moscow
2011/2012 – Omskie Yastreby Omsk Region
2012/2013 – Omskie Yastreby Omsk Region
2013/2014 – MHC Spartak Moscow
2014/2015 – Chayka Nizhny Novgorod
2015/2016 – Loko Yaroslavl
2016/2017 – Krasnaya Armiya Moscow
2017/2018 – Loko Yaroslavl
2018/2019 – Loko Yaroslavl