Kontinental Hockey League stars Denis Kulyash and Vadim Shipachyov pass on their best wishes for the New Year holiday to the players, fans and partners of the Gazprom Neft Cup:
Avangard Omsk defender Denis Kulyash:
For our country, 2016 is going to be all about hockey. This May, nine years on, Russia will host — and, I have no doubt, lead — the greatest hockey championship in the world! And may the same momentum, competitive spirit and passion for the game shown by the national team infuse every part of the Gazprom Neft Cup International KHL Kids’ Hockey Tournament! Year after year this competition draws attention right across Europe — with more than 20 teams showing the game at its very best, and everyone involved delivering to the highest possible level. I have every confidence that this 10th anniversary competition will prove unforgettable and be remembered by each and every one of us!
In 2016 — to the players, I wish you victories and continued success; and to the organisers — don’t ever stop aiming higher!
SKA St Petersburg forward Vadim Shipachyov:
Dear friends! Congratulations to everyone this New Year’s Eve! The coming year marks a major anniversary for the Gazprom Neft Cup International KHL Kids’ Hockey Tournament. Don’t have any doubts about how taking part is, inevitably, going to play with your emotions, and remain with you for the rest of your lives, as your first experience of competing at the highest level.
To the organisers of the Gazprom Neft Cup — may you have many more anniversaries to come; and to the participating teams I say — fight for victory, right to the last minute, and don’t ever give up! Remember, fortune favours the brave! Happy New Year, and all the very best in 2016!