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The Russian Major League (also "Highleague") ( , Vysshaya Liga) is a professional ice hockey league in Eurasia, and the second highest level of Russian hockey. Though currently acting independently, plans are in place to convert it to a farm system for the Kontinental Hockey League's 2009–10 season. Prior to the KHL's creation, it held a relegation role for the Russian Superleague and Soviet League (where it was classified Class-A 2nd division).

Transition to KHL

Many changes will occur in the upcoming 2008–09 Vysshaya Liga season. The league will be divided into three separate divisions; East, Central, and West, rather than the usual East and West. Twenty four teams will qualify for the playoffs culminating in a final for the Bratina Cup.

It is believed that the league will become more of a developmental league. Only seven players over the age of 29 will be allowed onto each team's roster. With no promotion/relegation system set in place with the new Kontinental Hockey League, it has been speculated that most teams in the league will eventually become farm teams of the KHL teams.

Teams for 2009–10 season



Vysshaya Liga Champions



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