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Kontinental Hockey League board of directors confirmed participants for the 2019-20 Junior Hockey League season. Kharlamov Cup will be competed for by 34 teams from 4 countries – China, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Russia.
Sakhalinskie Akuly make their return to JHL. The club has already competed in the league for two seasons – 2014-15 and 2015-16. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk team didn’t make the playoffs on either occasion, albeit developing several notable players. Forward Nikita Pukhov won Petrov Cup with Dynamo St. Petersburg, while another Artyom Chernov won JHL Challenge Cup twice.
With Sakhalinskie Akuly re-joining the league as a member of Western Conference, Chayka Nizhny Novgorod will compete in Eastern Conference. Nizhny Novgorod won Kharlamov Cup in the 2014-15 season as an Eastern team. In the 2016-17 season they moved to the West for three years.
Atlanty Moscow Region will be named Atlant from henceforth. The team has competed in KHL under the name, making it to the 2011 Gagarin Cup Finals. The blue-and-yellow have already presented their new logo, which is well-known for their fans since the times when the team competed in elite division of Russian hockey.
Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang will be replaced by HC ORG Junior in Junior Hockey League’s 11th season. The team will also represent China.
JHC Dynamo-Moscow will play their home games in Tver starting this season. The blue-and-white were based in Dmitrov last year.
“We eagerly await the start of JHL’s 11th season. Jubilee season turned out to be vivid and memorable for the players, coaches and our fans. We’re going to keep moving forward. We enter a new decade with a renewed list of participants,” said Junior Hockey League managing director Alexei Morozov.
“34 teams will compete in the 2019-20 JHL season. Sakhalinskie Akuly make their return to the league and as such Far East will be represented by three teams. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk will once again play in the Western Conference, while Chayka [Nizhny Novgorod] will move to the Eastern Conference. We’re happy to welcome to our hockey family ORG Junior from Beijing. The team will replace Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang.
“Pre-season is in full swing. As by our annual tradition, we’re going to kick off the new season with an international tournament. Sirius Junior Club World Cup will begin in late August in Sochi, featuring teams from eight countries. 11th JHL season will follow it closely. We invite fans to support junior players of their cities from the stands.”
2019-20 Junior Hockey League participants
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow
Krylia Sovetov Moscow
Kuznetskie Medvedi Novokuznetsk
Mamonty Yugry Khanty-Mansiysk
JHC Atlant Moscow Region
JHC Dynamo-Moscow Moscow
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg
JHC Spartak Moscow
Omskie Yastreby Omsk
Russkie Vityazi Chekhov
Sakhalinskie Akuly Sakhalin Region
Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk Region
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg
SKA-Varyagi Leningrad Region
Snezhnye Barsy Nursultan
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk
Taifun Primorie Region
Tyumensky Legion Tyumen
HC Kapitan Stupino
HC ORG Junior Beijing
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod