Putin, has long cultivated a proud image as a man in control, both at work and at play. He is known as a fierce competitor in the ice hockey rink, after learning to play the game when he turned 60 and creating the amateur Night Hockey League in Video footage shows a jubilant Mr. Putin and his team circling the rink on skates as they celebrated a victory. But as Mr. Putin takes his lap in front of his teammates, smiling and waving to fans, basking in the cheers of the crowd, he falls — face first — onto the ice.
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It comprises 24 member clubs based in Belarus , China , Finland , Latvia , Kazakhstan and Russia , and it is planned to expand to more countries. It is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in Europe and Asia , and second in the world behind the National Hockey League. The Gagarin Cup is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. The title of Champion of Russia is given to the highest ranked Russian team. The league formed from the Russian Superleague RSL and the champion of the —08 season of the second division , with 24 teams: 21 from Russia and one each from Belarus , Latvia , and Kazakhstan. The teams were divided into four divisions, based on the performance in previous seasons.
The origins of the Superleague are in the old Soviet League , which was founded in The league lasted until due to the Soviet Union's collapse. After its transformation into the International Hockey League , the league was rechristened the Russian Hockey League in From to , league membership was Russian-only.