Yesterday the drawing procedure for the Final of the VII All-Russian Hockey Festival took place in the press center of the news agency "Rossiya Segodnya". The Chairman of the Council of Legends of the Night League Aleksandr Yakushev, General Director of the League Igor Bakhmutov, deputy RF Minister for Sports Marina Tomilova and the two-time Olympic Champion, eight-time World Hockey Champion, President of the Arctic Hockey Club Boris Mikhailov took part in the ceremony.
A record number of teams, 158 groups from 75 regions, will participate in the competition that is to take place in Sochi from May 3 to 17. By means of drawing, participants were divided into groups within several divisions.
"Each year the number of teams grows. Today, around 18.5 million people participate in our competitions; there are no analogues in the world", noted Yakushev.
The Hockey Club Arctic filed an application to participate in the Grand Slam Cup, where last years’ Night Hockey League (NHL) winners and invited teams will participate. The drawing put the team of Rival Yakubov into Group 2 where Arctic will stand against Ice Wovles, Kurganstalmost and AHC Suhoi.
"Our club has good traditions and ten years of history. Since 2008, Arctic has successfully performed in the Russian and international veteran tournaments complementing its collection of trophies on a regular basis. We have not only amateurs in our team but also famous professional hockey players, including Olympic champions and medalists of World Cups. A children's team Arctic and a professional female team Arctic are organized under the aegis of the club; the female club shows good results in the Russian Hockey Female Cup. Our task is to make sport popular, transfer the experience of Russian and world hockey stars to the beginning sportsmen. Speaking of the NHL, in my opinion, it is an amazing sports event. I should mention that the Arctic team has participated in the NHL from the moment of the championship's establishment. And, this is our seventh successful season. Now our team is prepared for the final of the All-Russian Hockey Festival by the well-known coach Ravil Yakubov. I am sure that we will not have to wait for the results long," said the captain of the Arctic team, President of the Arctic World Club Sergey Egorov.
"Our business is a simple one. We travel around the country, conduct workshops. We organized the hockey tournament Arctic Cup that takes place under the aegis of the President of the Russian Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretiak and national hockey federations of the countries of the Arctic Council chaired by the President of the International Hockey Federation Rene Fasel. Later we extended the format and conducted a separate hockey tournament among amateur junior teams from the countries of the Arctic Council – Arctic Cup Junior. We are actively promoting hockey", shared his view the President of the Arctic Hockey Club, hockey legend Boris Mikhailov.
The seventh season of the Night League is the largest one in the tournament history in terms of the number of teams and participants. The finals will take place in the ice arenas "Bolshoy" and "Iceberg", the gala game with participation of the RF President will take place on May 10.