VHL: the season of 2017-2018

In the VHL season of 2017-2018, the game schedule is particularly dense. The current championship will be the eighth rally of the prestigious trophy, in the fight for which the best young hockey players of the post-Soviet space will meet. Attendance of VHL matches is gradually increasing, which indicates an increase in both spectator interest and the level of play of many teams.

Tournament regulations

27 clubs are taking part in the VHL 2017-2018. The competition started on September 8, 2017 with the opening match between last year's Torpedo triumph (Ust-Kamenogorsk) and Zauralye (Kurgan). The meeting ended with the victory of the guests in overtime (3: 4). The season will end in April 2018.

The tournament takes place in two stages:

  • regular season;
  • playoff series.

In the course of the regular championship, 16 best teams will be determined, who will continue to fight for the Petrov Cup. It is noteworthy that this trophy is played for the first time. Earlier, the victor of the playoff series won the Bratina Cup. Rename the trophy was decided after the death of the legendary Soviet hockey player Vladimir Vladimirovich Petrov, who performed in the top three with Mikhailov and Kharlamov.

VHL: goal

In the knockout round, teams are divided into pairs according to the places taken (1 squad plays from 16, 2 from 15, 3 from 14, etc.). Each series is up to 4 victories, while if the scoreboard after the 60 minutes of the meeting is lit an equal score, an additional 20-minute is assigned to the first abandoned puck. The number of overtime is not regulated. The series for the third place is not played: the best loser of the semi-finals gets bronze.

This season, two teams have become newcomers to the league - Kunlun Hailongjian and Gornyak. Both hockey teams are farm clubs of the KHL Kunlun Red Star and Avtomobilist, respectively. Here young players who have reached the age of 17 will be run-in before joining the ranks of the adult squad.

You can read more about the VHL 2017-2018 standings for today:

League position

Team name

Number of abandoned / missed washers

Points scored

1

Dynamo SPb

76-19

55

2

"SKA-Neva"

64-36

49

3

"Oilman"

55-44

43

4

"Izhstal"

57-50

39

5

"Sary-Arka"

56-38

39

6

HC Sarov

55-45

38

7

"Star Chekhov"

67-59

37

8

"Urals"

58-36

36

9

"Ermak"

50-48

36

10

"Falcon"

54-42

36

11

"Chemist"

40-33

35

12

"Hummock"

57-50

35

13

"Southern Urals"

63-48

33

14

"Torpedo U-K"

61-50

32

15

"Hammer-Kama region"

64-70

32

16

"Tseng Tou"

38-55

31

17

"Ruby"

49-39

29

18

"Diesel"

40-38

29

19

"Miner"

60-62

27

20

Chelmet

51-60

27

21

"Leopard"

43-50

27

22

"KunLun Hailongjian"

59-65

25

23

"HC Ryazan"

48-62

24

24

Metallurg Nk

38-47

23

25

"Buran"

47-62

18

26

"Satellite NT"

41-77

12

27

"CSK VVS"

32-87

8

HC Buran

The schedule of the upcoming VHL games is as follows:

Date / Moscow time of the match

Members

Location

10. 11. 2017

13:30

"KunLun Hailungjian" - "Hammer-Kama Region"

Harbin, Kristall Sports Complex

10. 11. 2017

13:30

"Tseng Tou" - "Toros"

Jilin, Jilin Tiyuguan Stadium

10. 11. 2017

14:00

"Ermak" - "Bars"

Angarsk, Sports Palace "Yermak"

10. 11. 2017

15:00

"Metallurg Nk" - "CSK VVS"

Nizhnekamsk, “Palace of Sports of Kuznetsk Metallurgists”

11. 11. 2017

15:00

"Urals" - "Dynamo St. Petersburg"

Kurgan, "Ice Palace of Sports. N.V. Parysheva "

11. 11. 2017

15:00

“Rubin” - “SKA-Neva”

Tyumen, Sports Palace

12. 11. 2017

8:00

"Tseng Tou" - "Hammer-Kama"

Jilin, Jilin Tiyuguan Stadium

Tournament Goals

Many experts support the abolition of the VHL. In their opinion, there is no point in a competition when in parallel the championship is held an order of magnitude higher than the level - KHL. Nevertheless, the tournament is a kind of rehearsal venue for both clubs and the judiciary, seeking to get into the Continental Hockey League. The list of main tasks that VHL sets itself includes:

  • team spirit cultivation;
  • coaching staff training;
  • increasing the skills of individual players;
  • working out tactical schemes and interactions.

VHL: game

VHL is designed to attract new audiences. In the sparsely populated cities of Russia or nearby countries, the budget simply does not have the funds to maintain its own club in the KHL, although the infrastructure allows for hockey matches. In this case, a minor league becomes an excellent solution, since participation in it does not require substantial financial costs, and also provides an opportunity to interestingly organize leisure time for young people and sports fans.

Contenders to win

VHL 2017-2018 is an unpredictable tournament, and the tight calendar does not allow to predict even those lucky ones who get into the playoffs following the regular season. Today, at least 10 clubs are fighting for the last 16 lines with approximately equal chances of success. Surely in the spring series of knockout we will see such clubs as:

  • Dynamo SPb;
  • SKA-Neva;
  • "Oilman";
  • Sary-Arka;
  • "Urals";
  • "Ruby";
  • "Star Chekhov";
  • Torpedo (Ust-Kamenogorsk).

In the current season, Dynamo from St. Petersburg unexpectedly became a favorite.The club has been playing in the VHL since 2013 and, as they say, it didn’t have enough stars from the sky, although it regularly went to the playoffs. In the current draw Dynamo under the leadership of Leonid Tambiev shot, confidently holding the first line in the table. If you save the set rate of points, the champion of the regular season will be known long before its completion.

“SKA-Neva” is part of the structure of the St. Petersburg “SKA”, acting in the KHL, and that says it all. High competition does not allow many talented players to enter the main body of the army. Getting into the farm club due to various circumstances, they are forced to prove their worth in the VHL. At the moment, "SKA-Neva" looks like the main favorite of the playoffs, and from the first place in the regular season, it is separated only by 6 points.

SKA-Neva

In the VHL 2017-2018, a number of teams claim to win the Petrov Cup. This includes Sary-Arka, which plays well in defense, the Chekhov Star, pragmatic Rubin, and at least a dozen equally worthy teams. Obviously, physical readiness, psychological stability, and tactical skills will come to the fore in the knockout games.If in the regular season hockey players have chances for a mistake, then since February they will not be. Well, the strongest will win as always.

VHL 2017-2018 is considered one of the most exciting hockey tournaments. The competition can not boast of a huge budget, and the salary of many players leaves much to be desired. Professional athletes go on the ice and fight in every match, demonstrating skill, the will to win, inflexible character. Do not miss the matches of the Higher Hockey League, which will bring you positive emotions.


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