The Gazprom Neft Cup KHL Youth Ice Hockey Tournament is becoming more and more popular year after year. This is demonstrated by the growing interest in the tournament and, more importantly, by overcrowded stands during matches.
The Kontinental Hockey League is only the top of the pyramid that will be founded on kids’ and youth hockey. Today it is possible to say that all the main elements of the Russian hockey pyramid are in place. In recent years the Gazprom Neft Cup has taken its place in the pyramid by serving a kind of an indicator of the state of the system for training young hockey players. Now the tournament is a true large-scale championship, and consequently it will be held in two cities in different countries. Its scope and importance have grown, and this means that the system is developing and the level of hockey being played is improving.
The boys can be proud of taking part in this competition where they get the opportunity to test themselves in matches against serious opponents and make new friends. Some of the players who participated in the first matches of the Gazprom Neft Cup play in the MHL now, others have already progressed to KHL teams. I can confidently say that the Gazprom Neft Cup is, among other things, a hockey seal of quality.
President of the Kontinental Hockey League