Record number of teams play in Eighth International Tournament Gazprom Neft Cup
The Eighth International KHL Kids Hockey Tournament Gazprom Neft Cup ended in Omsk on April 25, with Moscow team CSKA beating Kazan’s Ak Bars 1:0 to win the Cup in the Super Final.
For the first time in the Tournament’s eight-year history it was contested by 24 teams from six countries, with games being played simultaneously in the cities of Minsk and Omsk.
Gazprom Neft Cup matches have found a keen following among ice hockey lovers over the years. More than 5,000 spectators lined the stands of the Omsk Arena for the Super Final alone.
The Tournament is one of Gazprom Neft’s key social projects in the field of children’s sport development and is held within the framework of its “Home Towns” social investment programme.
The event is organized to the stringent standards of major international competitions, and actually is the unofficial Russia’s open championship for players aged up to 11, as well as the largest children’s ice hockey tournament in Europe.
“Having the status of an official KHL Tournament means that all league clubs with children’s sports schools should participate,” said Alexander Dybal, member of the Gazprom Neft Management Board and chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee. “So, 24 teams is not the limit. The number of teams in the Cup will gradually grow to equal the number of teams in the KHL.”
The opening games of the Tournament, the deciding game in Minsk, and the Super Final of the Gazprom Neft Cup were broadcast live on KHL TV channel.
The Gazprom Neft Cup is Europe’s largest international children’s ice hockey tournament. It began in 2007 and has been held in Omsk since 2010. In 2011 it became the official children’s tournament of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Reebok has traditionally been the Gazprom Neft Cup technical sponsor which gives ice hockey equipment to the winners, and the insurance support is provided to the Tournament by the SOGAZ Insurance Group. In 2014, the Yamal Airlines became a partner of the Tournament. This year the Cup’s official partners saw the inclusion of Russian TV channels Russia 24, Sport, NTV Plus, KHL TV, the sports website Championat.com and the leading Sport-Express sports media holding. Partners in the Republic of Belarus were NGTRK (National State TV and Radio Company (Belteleradiocompany)) and the sports newspaper Pressball.
All information about the Tournament is available at: http://gpncup.com/
“Home Towns” is a broad social investment programme implemented by Gazprom Neft with the aim to boost quality of life in cities and areas where the company is active. Designed to improve local people’s access to developed urban facilities, education and culture, “Home Towns” is part of Gazprom Neft’s long-term strategy of comprehensive development of local communities in areas of its operation.
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