Today, St. Petersburg hosted the meeting of the organizing committee of the 9th Gazprom Neft Cup KHL Kids Hockey Tournament. The meeting attendees considered and approved the tournament organization plans, in particular the issues of accommodation and meals for the participants, advertising and information campaigns in Omsk and St Petersburg, as well as excursion programs for the teams.
The main outcome of the Organizing Committee’s meeting was the participating teams draw. According to the tournament rules, the teams were divided into baskets taking into account their current ratings and performance in previous tournaments.
The teams taking the first and the second places in their groups will fight for the ticket to the Super Final.
“We will see spectacular games even during the group stage. In the opening game of the West Group, CSKA and SKA will compete, and Avangard will face Ak Bars in the East Group. These two struggles have become usual for the regular KHL seasons and playoffs and always kindle great interest in fans. I think that the children’s games will catch the importance of the fight between the traditional rivals. I also want to note that although the first places in the groups have been given to the strongest teams, nobody will be able to score any point in the Gazprom Neft Cup hands down”, said Alexander Dybal, member of the Gazprom Neft Management Board and chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee.
|WEST GROUP||EAST GROUP|
|Dynamo (Moscow)||Metallurg (Metallurg)|
The 9th Gazprom Neft Cup KHL Kids Hockey Tournament will be held on April
The opening match of the West Group will be held in the Ice Palace (the main hockey arena of St Petersburg) on April 25. Children’s teams of two “army” clubs, SKA and CSKA, will meet on the ice. On the same day, Avangard and Ak Bars will play at the Omsk Arena to open the games of the East Group.
Groups’ finals will be held on April 27. Traditionally, winners of the West and the East Groups will meet at the Omsk Arena to fight in the tournament’s Super Final, which will take place on April 29, 2015.
The Gazprom Neft Cup is one of the most significant children’s hockey competitions in Europe bringing together teams of children aged up to 11. The first Gazprom Neft Cup tournament was held in 2007.