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USSR Championship
Coat of arms of the Soviet Union.svg
Republics Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic Byelorussian SSR
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Lithuanian SSR
Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic Latvian SSR
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Russian SFSR
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Ukrainian SSR
Founded 1946
Folded 1992
Relegation to Soviet Class A2
Soviet Class B
Championship Soviet Championship
Associated Title(s) Soviet Cup
Most successful club CSKA Moscow (32)

The Soviet Championship (Russian: Чемпионат СССР) was the highest level ice hockey league in the Soviet Union, running from 1946 to 1992. Before the 1940s the game of ice hockey was not cultivated in Russia, instead the more popular form of hockey was bandy, with history of the game in Russia dating several centuries into the past. Following the dissolution of the USSR, the league was temporarily renamed the CIS Championship in 1992. This organization was the direct predecessor of the International Hockey League (Russian: Межнациональная Хоккейная Лига), and subsequent Russian Superleague (RSL) and current Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).


The first cities to join the Soviet League were Moscow, Leningrad, Kaunas, Riga and Arkhangelsk.

Soviet League Champions

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