The capital’s CSKA win the 7th Gazprom Neft Cup in 2013. Held in Omsk, 16 teams take part in this year’s tournament. Matches are supervised by official KHL coaches, and the opening and final matches broadcast on KHL TV.
April 25th — 28th this year saw the seventh annual Gazprom Neft Cup Youth Ice Hockey Tournament, in Omsk, with 16 clubs participating. The Gazprom Neft Cup, launched seven years ago as a hockey tournament for teams in those regions in which Gazprom is active, has since established itself as the most significant youth tournament in Europe. And the geographic range of participating teams grows ever wider. Thanks to the efforts and resources of Gazprom Neft and the KHL, the Gazprom Neft Cup has, in recent years, has now become the unofficial premier championship for teams under 12.
The Gazprom Neft Cup offers an unprecedented level of youth competition. Matches are refereed by professional KHL officials, with games held at ice arenas certified to match standard by professional league teams. And the main match trophy is produced by the same master craftsmen as the Gagarin Cup. Every year the name of the winning team is engraved on the cup, which they retain until the next tournament.
The tournament runs its own interactive website, and is widely covered by major Russian media. A multimedia show marking the opening of the tournament is everything one would expect from the top KHL clubs and the opening and closing matches are broadcast live on KHL-TV. Official media partners this year included federal broadcasters Rossiya-2, Sport 1, NTV-Plus, KHL-TV, the Championat.com website and major sport media holding company Sport Express.