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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.

Since 2018 countries whose clubs are not members of the KHL have been able to be represented on the principle of “one country, one team”, with national hockey federations allowed to delegate one kids’ team to participate in the tournament.

The tournament is held on the “group” model, with “West Group” matches hosted in Sochi, and “East Group” matches in Omsk. In Sochi teams will be playing on the rinks at the Olympic Bolshoy Ice Dome and Iceberg Skating Palace, with the main ice venue for the “East Group” being the Arena Omsk. The winning team from the West Group will take a special charter flight from Sochi to Omsk to compete against the winning East Group team to decide this year’s Cup winners in the Super Final. The Gazprom Neft Cup’s extensive international coverage, together with the standard of play among the participating teams, has seen the tournament become unofficially recognised as the under-11s European Cup.

The Gazprom Neft Cup boasts an unprecedented level of organisation for a children’s competition: professional referees manage the games, which are played in KHL-certified ice arenas. The Opening Ceremony is on a par with KHL all-star games. The main tournament trophy has been made by the same craftsmen as the Gagarin Cup. The winning team every year has its name engraved on the Cup, and is entitled to keep it 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

A modern figure-skating and short-track speed-skating training and competition facility.

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Arena Omsk

One of the highest-capacity and best-equipped hockey venues in Russia, meeting all IIHF and KHL standards.

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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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Gazprom Neft Cup is made by the same craftsmen as the Gagarin Cup.
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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, offering the chance to compete with the strongest clubs from Russia’s regions, and other countries, with teams from the east and west setting their skills and character against each other in group matches and playoff games. Clubs from Belarus, Latvia, Kazakhstan, and Finland traditionally take part in the tournament, which were this year joined by teams from Germany and Russia’s Vladivostok, who we welcome in making their debuts!
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Belarus
Belarus
from 2014
Germany
Germany
from 2018
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
from 2014
Latvia
Latvia
from 2012
Russia
Russia
from 2007
Finland
Finland
from 2014
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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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Documents
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