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The Gazprom Neft Cup, the Seventh KHL International Youth Ice Hockey Tournament, kicked off in Omsk on April 25.
Alexander Dybal emphasized, “The quality of organization on the level of grownup tournaments that we achieved in partnership with the KHL and the high level of interest from spectators have made the Gazprom Neft Cup the largest-scale youth hockey competition in Russia and Europe over the seven years we’ve been doing it. This year, we also expanded our partnership with major national television networks, which will help promote youth sports. By treating the Cup as one of Gazprom Neft’s priority social projects, we intend to increase the number of teams participating in the competition to 24 beginning next year, which will most likely require holding the Gazprom Neft Cup with a four-team super-final in two separate cities.”
The over 10,000 spectators who gathered on the Omsk Arena bleachers became witnesses to a multimedia show using three-dimensional laser projection. The 2012 tournament winners, the players of the Kazan Ak Bars, presented the main competition trophy, the Gazprom Neft Cup. The opening ceremony ended with a game between Ak Bars and the Omsk Arena’s home team, the Omsk Avangard. Through resolute struggle, the Avangard players won the game 4-1.
By tradition, the tournament games are held at the two central ice arenas in Omsk, the Avangard Hockey Center and the Omsk Arena, the largest ice sports arena east of the Ural Mountains. The semifinals will be held on April 27, while the games for the bronze prize and the final game for the Gazprom Neft Cup will be held on April 28. The final will be broadcast live on the KHL television network.
(Full story at: http://www.gazprom-neft.com/press-center/news/1094892/)