The 5th Gazprom Neft Cup is accorded the status of the official kids’ hockey tournament of the KHL. A unique trophy is made for the tournament (which this year has a total 12 teams taking part), won by Chelaybinsk’s Traktor.
April 24, 2011 marked the end of the Gazprom Neft Cup KHL Youth Ice Hockey Tournament — the first time the event had been held as an official youth tournament of the Kontinental Hockey League. This trophy — held by the winning team until the following season, and made by the same master craftsmen as the Gagarin Cup — bears the name of the first tournament winners, HC Traktor, Chelyabinsk. Silver medals were won by hockey players from HC Lokomotiv, Yaroslavl, and bronze by players from Metallurg, Magnitogorsk.
The 2011 tournament brought together 200 youth players from 12 hockey clubs.
Another first was the live transmission of the final on KHL-TV — which meant this gripping match could be seen not just by Russians, but also international satellite viewers in numerous countries worldwide.
A further increase in the number of participating teams is planned for 2012 —with invitations even going to international KHL clubs.