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December 8, 2012, the Opening Ceremony of the III Ice Sledge Hockey “New Year’s Cup” was held in Podolsk (Moscow Region, Russia).

01 January 1970
December 8, 2012, the Opening Ceremony of the III Ice Sledge Hockey “New Year’s Cup” was held in Podolsk (Moscow Region, Russia). {nl}{nl}The opening ceremony was attended by the First Vice-President, Chairman of the Board of the Russian NPC Pavel Rozhkov, Minister of Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Work Amir Gallyamov Moscow region, the Deputy Minister of Sports of Russia Sergey Shelpakov, deputy mayor of the city of Podolsk Tatiana Ropot, Executive Director of the Russian Hockey Federation Valery Fesyuk, Head of the department of Olympic partnership OJSC "MegaFon" Julia Vasilyeva. 5 National teams from Sweden, Estonia, Czech Republic, UK, and Russia. The press conference with participation of captains of the teams , and representatives of leading Russian Mass Media took place before the Opening Ceremony. The captain of Swedish national team, Rasmus Lundgren told that this tournament is a very important contribution in the development of sledge hockey not only in Russia, but in all countries because the number of participants increases every year. He also added that such experience is priceless.{nl}{nl}The first game started with a symbolic face-off made by Olympic ice hockey champions Alexey Kasatonov and Alexey Zhamnov. In this game Russia beat Sweden 7:0.{nl}{nl}{nl} {nl}{nl} {nl}{nl} {nl}{nl}



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