Since the Kontinental Hockey League was formed for the 2008-09, out of the Russian Super League, teams have competed for the Gagarin Cup. The Gagarin Cup is the KHL’s equivalent of the NHL’s Stanley Cup. Despite their now being teams from seven different countries in the seven team league, only teams based in Russia have won the Gagarin Cup as of 2014-15.
The trophy is named for cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. Gagarin beat out Anatoli Tarasov, considered the father of Russian hockey. Tarasov helped found CSKA Moscow and coached that club from 1946 to 1975. Essentially, hockey did not exist in Russia before that time.
Pictured is Mike Keenan and the Gagarin Cup with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2013-14.
List of Gagarin Cup Champions
|2016-17||SKA St. Petersburg|
|2014-15||SKA St. Petersburg|
|2010-11||Salavat Yulaev Ufa|
|2009-10||Ak Bars Kazan|
|2008-09||Ak Bars Kazan|