Aug 3-8, Sochi
HC Sochi, Avangard, Avtomobilist, SKA, Traktor, Team Russia
Sochi will host its sixth tournament in a row, and, as tradition dictates, it will be the first in August. Usually, the teams will face two stages: a round-robin and a playoff. However, last year, the format changed, and now teams will face each other to form a final ranking.
In the first five editions, five different teams won the title. Between this year's participants, HC Sochi, SKA, and Team Russia are at it for a second triumph.
Traktor - Avangard (3:00 PM)
HC Sochi - Avtomobilist (7:30 PM)
Avangard - Team Russia (3:00 PM)
HC Sochi - SKA (7:30 PM)
Traktor - Team Russia (3:00 PM)
SKA - Avtomobilist (7:30 PM)
Traktor - Avtomobilist (3:00 PM)
HC Sochi - Team Russia (7:30 PM)
Traktor - SKA (1:00 PM)
HC Sochi - Avangard (5:30 PM)
Team Russia - Avtomobilist (1:00 PM)
SKA- Avangard (5:30 PM)
Aug 10-13, Ufa
Salavat Yulaev, Avtomobilist, Lokomotiv, Severstal
The Ufa tournament is held since 1999 (with pauses), with exactly half of the editions won by the home team, including the latest two. The Cup will be awarded after a round-robin.
Aug 9-13, Magnitogorsk
Metallurg, Ak Bars, Amur, Neftekhimik, Sibir
The Magnitogorsk tournament is seven years older than the Ufa's one, and Magnitka accumulated the most wins (14). However, the hosts managed to win only once in the latest six years (2018), with two consecutive second places in the most recent pair of editions.
This year's tournament will most likely host Sergei Mozyakin's farewell game, and Magnitka will have extra motivation to achieve the final victory.
Sibir - Ak Bars (1:00 PM)
Metallurg - Neftekhimik (5:00 PM)
Amur - Sibir (1:00 PM)
Metallurg - Ak Bars (5:00 PM)
Neftekhimik - Sibir (1:00 PM)
Ak Bars - Amur (5:00 PM)
Neftekhimik - Ak Bars (1:00 PM)
Metallurg - Amur (5:00 PM)
Amur - Neftekhimik (1:00 PM)
Metallurg - Sibir (5:00 PM)
Aug 11-13, Imatra
Jokerit, Kettera, Krefeld, SaiPa, Jukurit
For the second time in a row, Jokerit will prepare for the new campaign in Imatra, a town just 200 km from St. Petersburg and sitting on the Russian border. The tournament doesn't have a fixed formula, and all the teams will only face two opponents.
Jokerit - Krefeld (7:30 PM)
Jokerit - Jukurit (5:00 PM)
Aug 11-16, Nur-Sultan
Barys, Dinamo Riga, Kunlun
The Kazakhstan tournament is held since 2010, and each edition always had at least a Russian team. However, this won't be the case this year and, if no other team joins, each participant will face each other twice.
Barys - Dinamo Riga
Dinamo Riga - Kunlun
Kunlun - Barys
Dinamo Riga - Barys
Kunlun - Dinamo Riga
Barys - Kunlun
Jul 28 - Aug 15, Belarus
The Belarusian tournament will see local teams facing up, and, starting from the semifinals (Aug 14), Dinamo Minsk will enter the clash. The next day Minsk will play in the finals or in the third-place game should they lose.
Semifinals (2:00 PM or 5:00 PM)
Third-place game (2:00 PM) and grand final (5:00 PM)
Aug 18-22, Kazan
Ak Bars, Metallurg, Salavat Yulaev, SKA
The Kazan tournament is the youngest of the bunch, but it promises to become one of the most prestigious a few years down the road, as only Gagarin Cup winners will enter the competition. Ak Bars is the tournament's reigning champion. After the round-robin, the teams will challenge again in the finals and the third-place game.
Aug 23-27, Chelyabinsk
Traktor, Avtomobilist, Lokomotiv, Sibir
The Chelyabinsk tournament was held for the first time in 2011, with three missed editions in 2014, 2017, and 2020. Since 2013, the hosts have won every other year. In this offseason, Traktor was very active, and they will have a fantastic chance to lift the cup out of their turn.
Sibir - Avtomobilist (1:00 PM)
Traktor - Lokomotiv (5:00 PM)
Avtomobilist - Lokomotiv (1:00 PM)
Traktor - Sibir (5:00 PM)
Lokomotiv - Sibir (1:00 PM)
Traktor - Avtomobilist (5:00 PM)
Third-place game (11:00 AM)
Grand final (3:00 PM)
Aug 24-29, St. Petersburg
SKA, Avangard, Severstal, HC Sochi, Torpedo
The St. Petersburg tournament was held from 1999 through 2008, then was restarted in 2014. Since then, Avangard (last year), Jokerit (twice), and SKA (four times) were crowned champions. The teams played three (with five participants) or four (with six participants) games in the latest few editions. The schedule will be published later.
Aug 25-28, Moscow
Dynamo Moscow, Vityaz, Spartak, CSKA, Amur, Kunlun
Last year, a team from the Moscow Region, and not from the city itself, lift the Mayor of Moscow cup - Vityaz. This year, Amur and Kunlun will have the same chance. The new format will see the teams split into two groups, then placement games for the first, third, and fifth positions. However, a final between CSKA and Dynamo Moscow is now impossible as the organizers put them in the same division.
Vityaz - Spartak (2:00 PM)
CSKA - Dynamo Moscow (6:00 PM)
CSKA - Amur (2:00 PM)
Spartak - Kunlun (6:00 PM)
Vityaz - Kunlun (2:00 PM)
Dynamo Moscow - Amur (6:00 PM)
Fifth-place game (10:00 AM)
Third-place game (2:00 PM)
Grand final (6:00 PM)