The U18 Russian national ice hockey team has started trainings in Canada's Truro since December 5, where the team is to take part in the World Challenge Cup. The team consisted of three pupils of South Ural hockey.
Six teams will participate in the tournament: in addition to the Russian Federation, the USA, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada-West and Canada-East will compete for the trophy. Chelyabinsk region in the national team is defender Peter Yasinsky ("White Bears") and striker Nikita Rozhkov ("Steel Foxes"). In addition, the application team includes a pupil of Chelyabinsk hockey Nikita Ohotyuk, now serving in the Canadian club "Ottawa 67".
In preparation for the tournament, the U18 team played two friendly matches: in the game against the Loko-junior team, Alexander Zybin's wards in a stubborn fight gave way with a score of 4: 5, and the match against the Russian national team U17 ended 1-0 in favor of the U18 team.
December 8 juniors U18 will play the final friendly match, the rival - Canada-West. The opening match of the Challenge Cup will be held by Russians on December 10 against the Canada-East team. The full schedule of the tournament is available on the link.
An important aspect in preparing for competitions in Canada is the adaptation to the size of the site. The fact is that the Canadian format of the hockey box is 4 meters already narrower than the European one, which directly affects the game itself. The head coach of the junior U18 Alexander Zybin told the team how the team is getting used to the new conditions: "At the small site, they have not yet adapted to the end: someone is making this process easier, someone is harder. In our team there are dimensional guys, they are not easy to get used to these sizes. But we do not have time for swinging. Here everything is much faster: they roll on you, you have to think faster, solve faster, give faster, open faster. "
We will add, soon the Southern Urals will take the most important world tournament among junior hockey teams. From 19 to 29 April in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk will host the World Hockey Championship among juniors. Team Russia U18 will play in the group "B". The rivals of the Russians will be the teams of Finland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and France. In the "A" group will play teams of the United States, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland and Belarus.
On December 1, the sale of season tickets for the World Hockey Championship among juniors was opened. Subscriptions are divided into 3 groups: all games of one team in the preliminary stage in groups, games for the final series (quarterfinals, semi-finals, the match for third place and the final) and the final day games (match for third place and final). The price of season tickets is from 440 rubles. With the purchase of subscriptions fans can save 10 to 20% of the cost of tickets. The price of tickets for individual games will vary from 100 to 1000 rubles depending on the time, sector and game. On separate games tickets will go on sale on January 1. You can buy tickets and tickets at the ticket site of the championship, at the ticket offices of the ice arenas "Tractor" and "Metallurg", on the sites of hockey clubs "Tractor" and "Metallurg (Magnitogorsk)", in the City entertainment cash desks, kassy.ru and kassir.ru.