The President of the Russian Ice-Hockey Federation and three-times Olympic champion, Vladislav Tretyak, sent a message to players in the 10th Gazprom Neft Cup KHL Kids’ Ice-Hockey Tournament.
Dear players and guests, the countdown has begun to the 10th Gazprom Neft Cup, and we are looking forward to some exciting games on the ice in Omsk and Sochi. As past Tournaments have shown: boys we see here for the first time will be household names in a few years time. The Gazprom Neft Cup is a gateway to the World Junior Championships, the Russian Junior League and the KHL. It is a rite of passage to big-time ice hockey.
I wish you all plenty of positive emotions. Don’t be afraid to lose, because there’s no success without failure. Learn from your mistakes and keep right on!