The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is an open international ice hockey league founded in 2008. It is the strongest league in Europe comprising hockey clubs from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Slovakia, Croatia and Finland.
The ultimate trophy of the competition, the Gagarin Cup, is awarded to the winner of the KHL final playoff series and is a challenge prize. The trophy is handed over to the captain of the winning team at the championship closing ceremony. The owner of this award receives the title of the Champion of Russia regardless of the team’s national affiliation. The 16 best teams of the KHL regular season compete for the Gagarin Cup in series of up to four victories.
The postage stamp depicts the Gagarin Cup and shapes of hockey players.