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The Gazprom Neft Cup was established by Gazprom Neft in 2007 as a children’s U11 hockey tournament. The Kontinental Hockey League has been co-organiser of the tournament since 2010, from which point the tournament began to expand to include youth teams from KHL clubs.

The Organising Committee took the decision to expand the tournament in 2018, to include non-KHL countries on the basis of “one country — one team”, with national hockey federations able to delegate one youth team from their country to take part in the tournament.

A representative team from the People’s Republic of China joined the tournament in 2019 — making the Gazprom Neft Cup the most important under-11s youth hockey tournament not just in Europe, but also in Eurasia.

The tournament is run on a group basis, with teams divided “East” and “West”. Matches are held at Sochi’s Olympic Park, with players performing on rinks at the Bolshoy and Iceberg Olympic ice arenas.

The Gazprom Neft Cup enjoys an unparalleled level of organisation for a youth tournament: matches are held at world-class ice arenas, with professional on-ice officials in attendance. The Opening Ceremony is on a level with the KHL All Star Game. Every year, the name of the winning team is engraved on the Gazprom Neft Cup, which remains with its new owners until the next tournament.

Bolshoy Ice Dome

Kontinental Hockey League's most cutting-edge facility, home ice of the hockey club “Sochi”.

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Iceberg Skating Palace

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The winner gets the main kids hockey trophy of Europe!
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The weight of the Gazprom Neft Cup is 14 kg.
Cup height: 60 cm
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In the manufacture of the bowl, nickel-plated bronze, copper and brass, nickel-silver were used. The base is mahogany.
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Every year the trophy is engraved with the name of the winning team, which keeps it until the next Tournament.
Hockey without frontiers
The Gazprom Neft Cup is a major international tournament, giving Russia’s strongest regional teams and those from other countries the chance to compete with each other, with East and West Group teams testing their skills and character in group-round and play-off matches. Clubs from Belarus, Latvia, Kazakhstan and Finland have always traditionally taken part in the tournament, being joined by team from Germany in 2018, and first-time entrants from Austria, the Czech Republic, the People’s Republic of China, and Slovakia in 2019.
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Austria
Austria
from 2019
Belarus
Belarus
from 2014
China
China
from 2019
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
from 2019
Finland
Finland
from 2014
Germany
Germany
from 2018
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
from 2014
Latvia
Latvia
from 2012
Russia
Russia
from 2007
Slovakia
Slovakia
from 2019
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Gazprom Neft Cup in figures
228 000
Fans
4 072
Players
560
Games have been played
104
Players represented Russia in international tournaments for juniors
151
Former participants of the tournament play in the teams of the MHL
198
Teams from 6 countries took part in the tournament
“The Tournament’s sheer scale, as much as the high standard of organisation, are what give it its unique atmosphere as a major event on the hockey calendar, every year. The Gazprom Neft Cup is important not just for its sporting element, but also in giving young hockey players from various countries the opportunity to engage with each other. I have no doubt that the impressions they take away will become lasting memories of their hockey-playing youth, for all participants.”
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Alexander Dyukov
Chairman of the Gazprom Neft Management Board
“You could say the Gazprom Neft Cup is the KHL in miniature — attracting new teams, expanding into new territories, and becoming a sporting event on a continental scale, allowing hundreds of promising young people to gain invaluable experience in competing at the highest level. Taking part in this tournament is a great chance opportunity for all young hockey players to take the first step in their career, and make themselves known.”
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Dmitry Chernyshenko
President of the Kontinental Hockey League
“The Gazprom Neft Cup Organising Committee has decided that, going forward, we will expand the number of participants to include those countries which, while not yet represented in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), are, nonetheless, at a high standard in terms of developing hockey. National Hockey Federations will be able to send one club from their country to the Gazprom Neft Cup, every year. In 2018, for the first time in the Tournament, a German club — Junadler Mannheim — will be taking part.”
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Alexander Dybal
Chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee, Member of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft PJSC
Alexander Dyukov
Dmitry Chernyshenko
Alexander Dybal
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Official Photo Album
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Tournament Brochure
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(PDF, 23 MB)
Documents
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(PDF, 218 KB)
Download Regulations
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