The Gazprom Neft Cup KHL Kids Hockey Tournament is the largest sports competition of its kind in Europe, bringing together KHL children’s teams in the under-11 age group. The Tournament uses a divisional model.
From 20 to 25 April, Sochi and Omsk will host the XII Gazprom Neft Cup. Games will take place at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Iceberg Skating Palace and Arena Omsk. In 2018, 26 teams from six countries will take part in the tournament, including two first-timers — Admiral from Vladivostok and Germany’s Jungadler Mannheim.
The Tournament is covered by leading sports media and the main Tournament trophy is made by the same craftsmen as the principal KHL trophy, the Gagarin Cup.
Each year, the name of the winning team is engraved on the Gazprom Neft Cup and the victors keep it until the next Tournament. The first Gazprom Neft Cup Tournament was held in 2007. Winning teams in the years since the Tournament was nominated as the official KHL kids tournament were Avangard (2010), Ak Bars (2011), Traktor (2012), and CSKA (2013 and 2014).
All main costs of the Tournament, including board and lodging for teams, transportation, organization of the opening and closing ceremonies, conduct of games, advertising and media coverage, prize money and souvenirs, training seminars for coaches and excursion programs for teams, are borne in full by Gazprom Neft.
The multimedia opening show is on the level of match shows by leading KHL clubs and the Tournament is widely covered by leading Russian and foreign media, including live relay of the first match and the super final by KHL TV Channel.Tournament conditions, PDF (20 kB) Tournament Regulations, PDF (146 Кб)