Even more cause for celebration!
Today is a very unusual day. The XI Gazprom Neft Cup is getting under way for a group of eleven-year-old ice-hockey players, but they are not the only ones celebrating. It just so happens that three of the adult participants in the tournament are celebrating their birthdays today.
Juris Opuļskis, general manager of Dinamo-2006 (Riga), is 48.
Head coach of Metallurg-2006 (Magnitogorsk) Evgeniy Akulov has turned 34.
Celebrating your birthday on a tournament game day is a very particular kind of celebration, as proved by Ak Bars coach Roman Vildanov, who was so involved in his work that he didn’t even get a chance to accept any congratulations!
The organisers of the XI Gazprom Neft Cup are delighted to share these happy moments with you!