The 9th Gazprom Neft Cup International KHL Kids’ Hockey Tournament takes place over the weekend of April 24 — 29. Moscow’s Dynamo take the title for the first time in the tournament’s history, beating Omsk’s Avangard 4:0 in the Super Final.
Twenty five teams from six countries took part in the 2015 Gazprom Neft Cup. For the second time, the tournament was held on a divisional basis, with teams divided into two groups — East and West — and the group rounds of the tournament taking place concurrently in Omsk and St Petersburg. West Group teams played at the St Petersburg Ice Palace, home to Gagarin Cup holders SKA, with some matches held at the Yubileyny Sports Palace. Their adversaries from the East Group took the Avangard Hockey Centre and the Arena Omsk — by tradition home to the main match of the tournament, the Super Final.
The Opening Ceremony, opening matches, the East and West Group finals, and the Super Final, were all broadcast live on KHL TV, while the other matches of the Gazprom Neft Cup also generated considerable interest among hockey fans. The Opening Ceremony, and the SKA — TsKA match at the Ice Palace on 25 April attracted more than 6,000 fans, and the Omsk match on the same date between Avangard and Ak Bars some 9,000, while the Super Final at the Arena Omsk on 29 April was seen by 7,000.
In addition to its sports programme, the tournament has been extending its educational activities every year. To which end, Olympic gold medallists Dmitry Yushkevich and Vladimir Yurzinov led a seminar for coaches training children’s teams, junior hockey players attended an educational lecture, and parents were, for the first time, offered a seminar on the psychological aspects of children’s sport.