The Gazprom Neft Cup Photo Album is an annual full-colour publication, with a selection of the competition’s most exciting shots bringing Europe’s greatest under-11s’ competition to life once more, and editors’ choicest shots showing the full beauty of the ice battles fought out at the Bolshoi Ice Dome, Sochi, and the Arena Omsk.
A number of renowned master craftsmen were involved in producing the album, including international award winner (and three-time winner of the Golden Pen award) Dmitri Lovetsky, together with national award winner (and one of Russia’s most famous popular- and extreme-sports photographers), Kirill Shevchenko. Six professional photographers worked throughout the tournament under the guidance of international award winner and three-time winner of the Golden Pen award Andre Chepakin, also a recipient of a journalism award from the Government of St Petersburg.
The 10th Gazprom Neft Cup Photo Album in the words of the tournament heroes themselves:
Danil Levchenko, goalkeeper:
— The tournament was brilliant, playing with what were, for me, completely new teams. Everything was done to the highest possible standard! We’re still looking over the photographs from it, remembering some exciting moments — the goals scored, and, obviously, those stopped by the goalies!
Jaromir Ermakov, captain, Avangard-2005:
— We enjoyed the tournament because it was all so well organised — they treated us as if we were already playing in the KHL! We didn’t feel like stars ourselves although, obviously, we enjoyed giving interviews —and being given such high-quality photographs of every moment of the tournament!
Ivan Novokshenov, striker:
— I was amazed at the number of cameras at the tournament — they snapped us every second and elicited commentaries the whole time.
Roman Dianov, striker:
— We had incredible support throughout the tournament — something I’ll remember my whole life! It’s good that the photographers didn’t just shoot us, but the fans too — so we’ll always be able to remember those moments.
Egor Gladkikh, striker:
— I loved the photography from the Gazprom Neft Cup — they always snapped us at exactly the right time, so those golden moments will remain with us for the rest of our lives!
Every previous tournament player will receive their own copy of the 10th Gazprom Neft Cup International Kids’ Hockey Tournament Photo Album. Download your copy of the photo album here.