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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.

In 2018, the Organising Сommittee made the decision to expand the tournament to include non-KHL countries based on the principle of ‘one country, one team’. National ice-hockey federations can choose one kids’ team from their country to take part in the tournament.

In 2019, a team representing the People’s Republic of China has entered the tournament, which makes the Gazprom Neft Cup the largest children’s U11 ice-hockey tournament not only in Europe, but in the whole of Eurasia.

The tournament uses the group model: the teams are divided into West and East groups. The games take place at the Olympic Park in Sochi, where the players take to the ice at two Olympic venues: the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Iceberg Skating Palace.

The Gazprom Neft Cup boasts an unprecedented level of organisation for a children’s competition. The games take place at international-standard ice arenas and are managed by professional referees. The opening ceremony is as grand as at any game featuring KHL stars. Every year the name of the winning team is engraved on the Gazprom Neft Cup, and that team keeps the Cup 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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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.
Ice-hockey without borders
The Gazprom Neft Cup is a major international tournament. It provides an opportunity for the strongest clubs from across Russia and other nations to compete with each other. The skill and character of teams from the East and West groups are put to the test in group matches and play-offs. Traditionally, clubs from Belarus, Latvia, Kazakhstan, and Finland take part in the tournament. In 2018, a team from Germany also participated, and in 2019, we’ll be welcoming newcomers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the People’s Republic of China!
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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 company’s key CSR and sports project — the Gazprom Neft Cup — has been progressing well for 13 years now. During that time it has grown from a competition for teams in Western Siberia to become one of the most important youth hockey tournaments in the world.”
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Alexander Dyukov
Chairman of the Gazprom Neft Management Board
“In the years since its establishment the Gazprom Neft Cup has earned a reputation as a prestigious international tournament, and the biggest youth hockey competition on the continent. For many guys it proves the first serious test of their career, giving them the opportunity to feel like a proper professional player, and to experience the emotions that only hockey can give.”
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Dmitry Chernyshenko
President of the Kontinental Hockey League
“Europe’s biggest non-commercial youth hockey tournament just carries on growing. And we are delighted to welcome new teams from Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovakia! We expect even more drama and competition in the battle for the Cup, with fans in for an ever more emotional ride! Welcome to the Gazprom Neft Cup!”
Alexander Dybal
Member of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft, and Chairman of the Organising Committee
Alexander Dyukov
Dmitry Chernyshenko
Alexander Dybal
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Tournament Brochure
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Documents
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