Kontinental Hockey League team changes

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From the league's inception in 2008 there have always been team changes in the Kontinental Hockey League between seasons, as some new teams have joined the league or others have left it. There is no promotion/relegation system with the VHL in place like there was with the Superleague and Vysshaya Liga. The number of teams in the league stayed at 24 throughout the first two seasons. In the third season the number of teams was reduced to 23 because Budivelnyk, a team that planned to join the league, dropped out before the start of the season.[1] Initially, Lev Poprad replaced Budivelnyk to retain the number of teams at 24.[2] However, Lev was excluded by the KHL before the start of that season,[3] but would be accepted into the league for 2011–12. The league plans to expand this number for future seasons.

The inaugural season of KHL included all 20 teams of the 2007–08 Russian Superleague. Non–Russian teams Barys Astana, Dinamo Riga and Dinamo Minsk also joined the newly formed league. Likewise, the recreated team of Khimik Voskresensk, the champion of the 2007–08 season of the Major League, joined. Thus the initial number of teams was 24.

Team changes by season

Season Teams left the league Fate of the team   Teams joined the league Where from Number of teams in the league
Template:Nowrap inaugural season of competition 24
2009–10 Template:Flagicon Khimik Joined VHL   Template:Flagicon Avtomobilist VHL 24
2010–11 Template:Flagicon Lada Joined VHL Template:Flagicon UHC Dynamo Newly created team by merger of Dynamo and MVD 23
Template:Flagicon Dynamo M Merged with MVD to form UHC Dynamo Template:Flagicon Yugra VHL
Template:Flagicon MVD Merged with Dynamo to form UHC Dynamo  
2011–12 Template:Flagicon Lokomotiv Scratched from season due to plane crash Template:Flagicon Lev Poprad Newly created team 23
2012–13 Template:Flagicon Lev Poprad Disbanded Template:Flagicon Slovan Slovak Extraliga 26
  Template:Flagicon Donbass VHL
Template:Flagicon Lokomotiv Returned to KHL after plane tragedy
Template:Flagicon Lev Praha Newly created team
2013–14   Template:Flagicon Admiral Newly created team 28
Template:Flagicon Medveščak Austrian EBEL
2014–15 Template:Flagicon Donbass Joined the Ukrainian Hockey Extra League prior to the 2015–16 season, after one year of inactivity. Template:Flagicon Lada Togliatti Returned to the league 28
Template:Flagicon Lev Praha Disbanded Template:Flagicon Jokerit Liiga
Template:Flagicon Spartak Moscow Took one year off due to financial issues Template:Flagicon HC Sochi Newly created team
2015–16 Template:Flagicon Atlant Template:Flagicon Spartak Moscow Returned to KHL 28
2016–17   Template:Flagicon HC Red Star Kunlun Newly created team 29

Division lineup changes

Season Divisions
Bobrov Tarasov Kharlamov Chernyshev
Joined division Left division Joined division Left division Joined division Left division Joined division Left division
2008–09
(initial composition)
Template:Flagicon Atlant
Template:Flagicon Dinamo Mn
Template:Flagicon Metallurg Nk
Template:Flagicon Salavat Yulaev
Template:Flagicon Severstal
Template:Flagicon Spartak
Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon Khimik
Template:Flagicon Metallurg Mg
Template:Flagicon HC MVD
Template:Flagicon SKA
Template:Flagicon Traktor
Template:Flagicon Amur
Template:Flagicon Avangard
Template:Flagicon Dinamo R
Template:Flagicon Lada
Template:Flagicon Lokomotiv
Template:Flagicon Sibir
Template:Flagicon Ak Bars
Template:Flagicon Barys
Template:Flagicon Dynamo M
Template:Flagicon Neftekhimik
Template:Flagicon Torpedo
Template:Flagicon Vityaz
2009–10
(geographical realignment)
Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon Dynamo M
Template:Flagicon Dinamo R
Template:Flagicon SKA
Template:Flagicon Atlant
Template:Flagicon Metallurg Nk
Template:Flagicon Salavat Yulaev
Template:Flagicon Severstal
Template:Flagicon Atlant
Template:Flagicon Lokomotiv
Template:Flagicon Severstal
Template:Flagicon Torpedo
Template:Flagicon Vityaz
Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon Khimik
Template:Flagicon Metallurg Mg
Template:Flagicon SKA
Template:Flagicon Traktor
Template:Flagicon Ak Bars
Template:Flagicon Avtomobilist
Template:Flagicon Metallurg Mg
Template:Flagicon Neftekhimik
Template:Flagicon Traktor
Template:Flagicon Amur
Template:Flagicon Avangard
Template:Flagicon Dinamo R
Template:Flagicon Lokomotiv
Template:Flagicon Sibir
Template:Flagicon Amur
Template:Flagicon Avangard
Template:Flagicon Metallurg Nk
Template:Flagicon Salavat Yulaev
Template:Flagicon Sibir
Template:Flagicon Ak Bars
Template:Flagicon Dynamo M
Template:Flagicon Neftekhimik
Template:Flagicon Torpedo
Template:Flagicon Vityaz
2010–11 Template:Flagicon UHC Dynamo Template:Flagicon Dynamo M
Template:Flagicon Dinamo Mn
Template:Flagicon Dinamo Mn Template:Flagicon HC MVD Template:Flagicon Yugra Template:Flagicon Lada
2011–12 Template:Flagicon Lev Poprad Template:Flagicon Lokomotiv
2012–13 Template:Flagicon Donbass
Template:Flagicon Lev Praha
Template:Flagicon Slovan
Template:Flagicon Vityaz
Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon Lev Poprad
Template:Flagicon Spartak
Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon Lokomotiv
Template:Flagicon Spartak
Template:Flagicon Vityaz
2013–14 Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon Dinamo Mn
Template:Flagicon Medveščak
Template:Flagicon Donbass
Template:Flagicon Dynamo M
Template:Flagicon Vityaz
Template:Flagicon Donbass
Template:Flagicon Dynamo M
Template:Flagicon Vityaz
Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon Dinamo Mn
Template:Flagicon Torpedo
Template:Flagicon Torpedo Template:Flagicon Admiral
2014–15[4] Template:Flagicon Atlant
Template:Flagicon Jokerit
Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon Lev Praha
Template:Flagicon CSKA
Template:Flagicon HC Sochi
Template:Flagicon Torpedo
Template:Flagicon Atlant
Template:Flagicon Spartak Moscow
Template:Flagicon Donbass
Template:Flagicon Lada Template:Flagicon Torpedo
2015–16 Template:Flagicon Spartak M Template:Flagicon Atlant
2016–17 Template:Flagicon HC Red Star Kunlun

References

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