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The Kontinental Hockey League , Kontinental'naya hokkeynaya liga) is an international professional ice hockey league founded in 2008. It comprises 29 member clubs based in Belarus, China, Croatia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, and Slovakia and it is planned to expand to more countries. It is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in Europe and Asia, and second in the world behind the NHL.

Kontinental Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 KHL season
KHL logo shield 2016.svg
Formerly Russian Superleague
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2008
President Dmitry Chernyshenko
Motto Хоккей – наша игра! Khokkey – nasha igra! Jääkiekko on meidän peli! (Hockey is our game!)
No. of teams 29
Country  Belarus (1 team)
 China (1 team)
 Croatia (1 team)
 Finland (1 team)
 Kazakhstan (1 team)
 Latvia (1 team)
 Russia (22 teams)
 Slovakia (1 team)
Most recent
champion(s)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (2nd title)
Most titles Ak Bars Kazan (2)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (2)
Dynamo Moscow (2)
TV partner(s)
Related
competitions
Supreme Hockey League (VHL)
Hockey Premier League (HPL) (From 16/17)
Junior Hockey League (MHL)
Official website en.KHL.ru

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) (Russian: Континентальная хоккейная лига (КХЛ), Kontinental'naya hokkeynaya liga) is an international professional ice hockey league founded in 2008. It comprises 29 member clubs based in Belarus, China, Croatia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, and Slovakia and it is planned to expand to more countries. It is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in Europe and Asia, and second in the world behind the NHL.

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

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