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.
Cup height: 60 cm
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.
More than 700 young players, from 10 countries, will be going out onto the ice at Sochi’s Olympic stadiums in 2019, with their performances followed not just by fans in the stands, but also millions of TV and Internet viewers. I know every participant in the Gazprom Neft Cup will be making new friends at the tournament, and carry lasting impressions from one of the landmark events in international hockey, for years to come! Good luck!
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.
More than 400 sportsmen, having gone out onto the ice to battle it out in Gazprom Neft Cup matches in recent years, are now playing in professional leagues in Russia, Europe and North America — an impressive figure, proving, once again, the need for a tournament of this kind, organised in the same way as adult competitions, and a tournament in which the best juniors of most clubs in the Kontinental Hockey League, and famous international teams, take part. I have no doubt that this sort of invaluable experience will prove a major boost on their way to becoming genuine masters of the game. I wish all tournament participants every success, and a fair — if uncompromising! — battle!