Opening Cup

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Opening Cup
Sport Ice hockey
Given for Team winning the first game of the regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League
First award 2008
Most recent Russia SKA Saint Petersburg

The Opening Cup (Russian: Кубок Открытия, Kubok Otkrytiya), is the trophy awarded to the winner of the first game of every regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). This match is played between the previous season's playoff champion (Gagarin Cup Winner) and the previous season's Continental Cup winner. The game is played on the home ice of the previous season's playoff champion.


During the first season of the KHL, the match was played between the winner and runner-up of the 2007–08 playoffs of the Russian Superleague.

The Western Conference in the 2010 Opening Cup game was represented by UHC Dynamo because the 2009–10 Western Conference champion, HC MVD, merged with Dynamo Moscow to form the new team after the 2009–10 season.[1]

On September 10, 2011, three days after the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash disaster, the KHL head office decided to honor the deceased in the 2011 Opening Cup.[2]


Key to colors
W Western Conference member
E Eastern Conference member
N/A N/A, KHL conferences established during the second season of competition
Season Match date Previous season
Gagarin Cup Winner
Previous season
Continental Cup Winner[3]
Result Venue Ref
2008–09 2 September 2008 N/A Salavat Yulaev Ufa N/A Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4–1 Russia Ufa Arena, Ufa
2009–10 10 September 2009 E Ak Bars Kazan W Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3–2 (OT) Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan
2010–11 8 September 2010 E Ak Bars Kazan W Dynamo Moscow[4] 1–3 Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan [1]
2011–12 12 September 2011[5] E Salavat Yulaev Ufa W Atlant Moscow Oblast 5–3 Russia Ufa Arena, Ufa
2012–13 4 September 2012 W Dynamo Moscow E Avangard Omsk 3–2 (SO) Russia Megasport Arena, Moscow
2013–14 4 September 2013 W Dynamo Moscow E Traktor Chelyabinsk 5–1 Russia Minor Arena Luzhniki, Moscow
2014–15 3 September 2014 E Metallurg Magnitogorsk W Dynamo Moscow[6] 6–1 Russia Arena Metallurg, Magnitogorsk
2015–16 24 August 2015 W SKA Saint Petersburg W CSKA Moscow 3–4 (OT) Russia Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg [7]
2016–17 22 August 2016 E Metallurg Magnitogorsk W CSKA Moscow 3–2 Russia Arena Metallurg, Magnitogorsk
2017–18 21 August 2017 W SKA Saint Petersburg W CSKA Moscow 4–2 Russia Ice Palace, Saint Petersburg [8]
2018–19 1 September 2018 E Ak Bars Kazan W SKA Saint Petersburg 1–6 Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b "Calendar 2010/2011". Third season of the Kontinental Hockey League starts September 8th with Gagarin Cup holders Ak Bars entertaining UHC Dynamo Moscow in Kazan in a clash for Opening Cup.
  2. ^ "Официальное заявление КХЛ". (in Russian). KHL.
  3. ^ Since 2015
  4. ^ 2009–10 season's finalist HC MVD united with HC Dynamo after the 2009–10 season, thus Dynamo Moscow participated in the 2010 Opening Cup.
  5. ^ Game originally was scheduled for 7 September 2011; because of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash during the playing of the Opening Cup, the game was abandoned and rescheduled for 12 September 2011.
  6. ^ 2014 playoff runner-up HC Lev Praha ceased operations for the 2014–15 season. Dynamo Moscow took their place as Continental Cup holders.
  7. ^ "KHL 2015-16 Schedule Announced". 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  8. ^ "KHL Schedule 2017-18 – Fewer days without hockey". 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2017-08-21.

External links

  • Official September 2013 Opening Cup match gallery (photo contains the trophy)
  • Official September 2013 Opening Cup match gallery (photo contains the trophy)
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