Famous ice hockey player and one of the best hockey experts in Russia, Sergei Gimaev will be one of the guests at the 9th Gazprom Neft Cup. In the run-up to the tournament, he answered a few questions about the Russian children’s ice hockey.
— Sergei Nailevich, what are the main distinguishing features of children’s ice hockey?
— The main distinctive feature of the children’s ice hockey is sincerity! The young players are not highly skilled yet, they are not familiar with the serious tactical schemes, they just Play! Yes, with a capital “P”. And what they do in the ice rink is a great pleasure not only for the players themselves, but also for anyone who comes to watch their games — parents, fans, coaches... I would put it this way: at each training session they study, and every game for them is an exam or a test, depending on how important the tournament is. The Gazprom Neft Cup is undoubtedly an important exam!
— You have worked in the CSKA sports school for 20 years... Is it hard to work with children and what personal qualities should a children’s coach possess?
— Those were very important years of my life. I recall them with no less pleasure than the time of my professional career as a hockey player. The most important thing in working with children is to love them! To understand that they are persons, like you are, only little ones. And we as adults should be their “big brothers” to help them become good athletes and good people. It is important to see that children are equal to you, to never put pressure on them, not to shout, but to be able to explain and help.
— What purely “hockey qualities” are brought up at the age of
— At the age of
— Could you please judge the current level of development of children’s hockey in our country?
— It is growing at a visible pace. The number of hockey rinks is increasing, which means that the number of young hockey players is growing, too. Especially in small towns, where children have had no opportunity to play hockey before. However, it is not enough to just attract a child to hockey. In the future, it is necessary to provide him or her with an opportunity to develop. And it is impossible to do it with
Sergei Nailevich Gimaev
Multiple USSR champion in hockey as a player of CSKA.
Multiple winner of the European Championship Cup.
After his sports career, he worked at the CSKA Sports School (including 14 years as its head).
He is currently working on television and is one of the most popular and respected hockey experts and commentators in Russia.