On the ice arena of the Moscow palace of sports “Yantar” was held the awarding ceremony of the participants of the hockey-sledge tournament “Cup of Courage” and the closing of the Competition, which was organized by the Moscow Federation for persons with physical impairments, the Department of sports and tourism and with the support of the Russian Paralympic Committee.
In the awarding ceremony took part: the Chairman of the Executive Committee and First Vice-President of the RPC Pavel Rozhkov, the Head of the Department for Adaptive Physical Culture and Adaptive Sports of the Sports Department of the Department of Sports and Tourism of the City of Moscow Olga Dzhumachuk, the Head coach of the Russian national team Alexander Shelyanin, the Vice-President of the All-Russian Federation of Sports for persons with physical impairments Aleksey Vinichenko, the Vice President of the Moscow Federation of Sports for persons with physical impairments and member of the Executive Committee of the RPC Artyom Toropchin, the Deputy Chairman of the Regional Department of the RPC in Moscow Sergey Nesterov, the General Director of the Physical-sports center "Strogino" Sergei Zaitsev, the Chairman of the Regional Department of the RPC in Chelyabinsk region Anatoly Khalabov.
Before the beginning of the ceremony Pavel Rozhkov and Alexander Shelyanin awarded memorable prizes to field judges who served the matches - Alexei Abrosimov, Daria Abrosimova and Jana Teter.
In the nominations the best players of the tournament became:
The best goaltender of the tournament became Andrey Kasatkin ("Phoenix" - Moscow region);
The best defender of the tournament became Ivan Kuznetsov ("Phoenix" - Moscow region);
The best striker of the tournament became Vadim Selyukin ("Phoenix" - Moscow region);
The best young player became Vladimir Rychkov ("Udmurtia" - Udmurt Republic);
The most useful player became Dmitry Lisov ("Phoenix" - Moscow region).
The Bulgarian resort "Kamchia" has established a special prize for the participants of the Tournament. The representatives of the Resort approved 5 candidates for a trip to Bulgaria. The special prize was awarded to:
- Dmitry Lisov - captain of the national team "Phoenix" from the Moscow region;
- Alexei Eremin - captain of the national team "Hawks" from the Orenburg region;
- Dmitry Galkin - defender of the team "Udmurtia" from the Udmurt Republic;
- Roman Severin - captain of the Moscow team;
- Ruslan Aliyevich Batyrshin - head coach of the Moscow team.
The guests of honor awarded the team of the city of Moscow that took the 4th place at the “Cup of Courage” with memorable gifts.
Medals, cups and memorable gifts were awarded to the teams that became winners of the first Tournament “Cup of Courage”.
The bronze medalist of the first tournament “Cup of Courage” became the team "Hawks" from the Orenburg region. In the assets of the team are included 6 scored pucks and 10 missed out in their field.
The silver medalist of the tournament became the team "Udmurtia" from the Udmurt Republic. The players of the team scored 5 goals and missed out the same number in their own field.
The Champions of the tournament and the cup holders of the first “Cup of Courage” became the team "Phoenix" from the Moscow region. In the team’s assets are included 12 scored pucks and only 1 missed out.
The regional branch of the RPC in the Chelyabinsk region, the initiator of the creation of a sledge-hockey team in the region under the name "Meteor", established special prizes - particles of the Chelyabinsk meteorite for the senior coaches of the teams, who won prizes in the Courage Cup - Anatoly Karpov ("Phoenix"), Alexander Chuzhanov ("Udmurtiya"), Yaroslav Chernyshev ("Hawks").
Memorable prizes were awarded by Anatoly Khalabov, chairman of the Regional Department of the RPC in the Chelyabinsk region.
Pavel Rozhkov made a closing speech: "Today the first ice hockey tournament "Cup of Courage" is coming to an end. On the ice these days were performing 4 of the strongest sledge-hockey teams of the country. They showed a bright and memorable hockey!
I hope that such competitions will become traditional and will be held for a long time in the future.
Congratulations to the winners of the competition - the team Phoenix, led by Captain Vadim Selyukin. Especially I want to note that all the teams showed a good and manly game.
Competitions were held at a high organizational level and, first of all, it is the merit of the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow in the person of Gulyaev Nikolay Alekseevich and the Moscow Federation of Sports for persons with physical impairments represented by Bocharov Vyacheslav Alekseevich. We are grateful to the General Director of the Sports Palace "Yantar" Zaitsev Sergey Fedorovich, who provided a warm and friendly welcome to the participants and guests of the event. "
Pavel Rozhkov gave an acknowledgment award to Sergei Fedorovich for assistance in organizing and holding the event.
Pavel Rozhkov also expressed his gratitude to the partners of the Cup
– to the sports club "Vityaz" and the Charitable Foundation "Heritage" of the city of Podolsk for all-round support in the organization of the tournament;
- to the company Nestle, the Russian Hockey Federation and the Continental Hockey League for gifts and souvenirs to guests and competitors;
- to the resort and recreational complex "Kamchia" for the encouragement of the best players in the competition”.
Also, Pavel Rozhkov expressed his gratitude to the volunteers for their help in holding the event.
Olga Dzhumachuk thanked the athletes, coaches, organizers for the tournament and wished them success in the upcoming sports season.
In conclusion, Alexander Shelyanin announced the first Open Ice Hockey Cup "Cup of Courage" closed.
For the first time sledge hockey appeared in Russian Federation in 2009. In this year was held the first All-Russian Championship on sledge hockey in Podolsk (Moscow Region) on the small ice arena "Vityaz". Today, sledge hockey is developing in 7 regions of the Russian Federation: Moscow, the Moscow Region, the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District, the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Udmurt Republic, the Orenburg Region and St. Petersburg.
The Russian Sledge hockey Clubs are organizing a Russian Championship, consisting of 2 states, and also All-Russian competitions in Moscow, Khanty-Mansiysk, Izhevsk and Orenburg.
Today the basic teams of the Russian National team are “Phoenix” (Moscow Region), “Udmurtyia” (Udmurt Republic), Yugra (Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District).
Thanks to their perseverance and courage in 2014 at the Winter Paralympics (Sochi) the Russian Sledge hockey players won silver medals, in the World Champions 2015 in USA the third place and in 2016 in the European Championships in Sweden the took the first victorious place.
Photographs: Nina Podalko and Press service of RPC
Press service of RPC