Russian Bandy Championship 2017 - 2018
The Russian Bandy Championship 2017 - 2018 is the 26th edition of this competition. The first matches in this sport were held in 1936, in which only a few amateur clubs took part. The modern counting of the Czech Republic on bandy started in 1993. It was then that the debut draw of the national Cup took place, and the championship itself became known as the Super League.
Calendar of Russian championship games in bandy
The first round of the Bandy CR starts in November 2017, and the championship final matches will be played in March 2018. Currently, the exact date of the future edition of the Super League is unknown. The specific start and end dates of the tournament will be announced at the end of August this year.
Due to the fact that the format of the championship periodically changes, this is reflected in the calendar of games. If the rules of the tournament will not be made backtrack, the competition will be held in the traditional 3-round scheme, consisting of the following stages:
- regular season matches;
- stage playoffs;
- final four.
The first stage of the regular championship will take place from November to January 2018. According to the competition regulations, all teams will be divided into two conferences: Western and Eastern, in which they will hold two home and two guest matches.
The second stage of the regular season will take place from January to March 2018. At this stage, 4 best clubs from the Western and Eastern conferences will compete, which will unite in division “A”. The remaining teams form division “B”. In this round, the teams will play according to the classical scheme - one home and one away game.
Playoff matches will be held in March 2018. Six clubs from Division A and two from Division B will be eligible to participate in this stage. Fights will be held in the format of a series of games "up to three wins."
The decisive stage of the championship is the “final four”. In this stage, the two strongest clubs will be determined, which in the face-to-face duel will challenge the right to possess the main trophy and the championship title.It is worth recalling that the rules of the tournament provides for the match for the 3rd place, in which the losers of the semifinal games will meet. Unlike the matches of the quarter finals, the teams will play according to the one-match scheme. All games will take place in the same city and on the same ice arena.
Participants of the Czech Republic in hockey 2017 - 2018
Today the tournament table of the upcoming championship raises a number of questions. Uncertainty about its composition is related to the financial problems experienced by some hockey clubs in the Super League. Given this aspect, the experts have prepared a preliminary list of teams that will participate in the 26th championship draw:
- SKA-Neftyanik (Khabarovsk);
- Dynamo (Kazan);
- Baikal-Energy (Irkutsk);
- Yenisei (Krasnoyarsk);
- Dinamo (Moscow)
- Vodnik (Arkhangelsk);
- Kuzbass (Kemerovo);
- The builder (Syktyvkar);
- Volga (Ulyanovsk);
- Murman (Murmansk);
- Motherland (Kirov);
- Start (Nizhny Novgorod);
- Ural Trubnik (Pervouralsk).
In the 25th season of the Super League, 12 professional teams took part, in the upcoming number of them may increase to 16. The debutants of the upcoming championship will be Murmansk HC “Murman” and “Builder” from Syktyvkar, who won the right to play in the tournament according to the results of the Higher League draw 2016 - 2017.
The beginning of the season is already very close, however, some organizational issues are still unresolved. There are three main ones among them: the format of the tournament, the number of its participants and the arena where the “final four” will take place. The management of the Super League continues to experiment with the rules, and some clubs are on the verge of bankruptcy. However, despite these problems, hockey fans do not lose optimism. They continue to hope that all difficulties will be successfully overcome and that the fans of the Russian bandy will be able to see the beautiful and spectacular battles on the ice arenas of the country.