If everything goes according to plan – KHL is set to begin their season on September 2nd.
The season will get underway with the annual Opening Cup and will be played between CSKA Moscow and AkBars Kazan in Moscow.
Prior to the release of the schedule leagues’ Board of Directors held a vote to determine if all clubs that had applied would be eligible to play in the upcoming season.
Per KHL: ”On August 7, 2020, at an online meeting of the KHL Board of Directors, the 23 clubs to take part in the 2020/2021 championship were confirmed. After reviewing all of the documentation provided by the league, the board agreed to confirm that, for the coming season, the KHL will run with 23 competing teams.”
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List of the teams participating: Ak Bars (Kazan), Amur (Khabarovsk) Avangard (Omsk Region), Avtomobilist (Yekaterinburg), Barys (Nur-Sultan), CSKA (Moscow), Dinamo (Minsk), Dinamo (Riga), Dynamo (Moscow), HC Sochi (Sochi), Jokerit (Helsinki), Kunlun Red Star (Beijing), Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl), Metallurg (Magnitogorsk), Neftekhimik (Nizhnekamsk), Salavat Yulaev (Ufa), Severstal (Cherepovets), Sibir (Novosibirsk Region), SKA (St. Petersburg), Spartak (Moscow), Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod Region), Traktor (Chelyabinsk) Vityaz (Moscow Region).
Each team will play 60 games during the regular season – two less than the season before. A total of 690 games will be played from September 2nd until February 7th, 2021. The Gagarin Cup playoffs are expected to start on March 2nd. Game 7 of the Gagarin Cup finals is scheduled for April 30th.
Another minor change is Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod moving from West to East, however it is not the first case that such a move has occurred.
Dinamo Riga and Dynamo Moscow are moving to Tarasov division and are switching places with Vitjaz Podolsk and HK Sochi that will now be a part of the Bobrov division.
The full schedule can be found here