(KZN.RU, January 28). The city stage of the All-Russian competition “Golden Puck” named after A. Tarasov started today at the arena of the Kazan Ice Palace “Zilant”. The tournament opened with a duel of teams with the participation of young hockey players of sports schools, Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, Denis Kalinkin, the head of the Executive Committee, Andrey Ryabov, the vice president of the Hockey Federation of the RT, Gennady Maslov, an honored hockey veteran, Rafik Yakubov, the general manager of HC “Ak Bars”, and also heads districts’ administrations of the capital of the RT. The chances on the ice were equal since both teams were mixed.
“We are sincerely glad to welcome you at the city stage of the tournament “Golden Puck”. This year, 100 teams took part in the competition. We will continue to create all conditions for you to play hockey, football, do other sports and lead a healthy lifestyle. I am glad that today we will go on the ice with you. Remember, hockey is a game for real men!” I. Metshin greeted young athletes.
This year, the tournament “Golden Puck” gathered a record number of participants in Kazan. About 2000 young athletes played for 100 teams. Those of them who manage to take the first places in their age groups will have the opportunity to represent Kazan at the republican stage of the “Golden Puck”.
“Kazan is ahead in terms of the development of sports, the creation of appropriate conditions for hockey. I want to express gratitude to the Mayor of Kazan, the City Hall, and those who express their sincere love for hockey by personal example”, said Andrey Ryabov, the vice president of the Hockey Federation of the RT.
The first match of the city stage of the tournament ended with a score of 7:4. The most productive players of the match were Ilsur Metshin, who made the greatest number of serves and scored the first goal, and Sergey Mironov, the head of the of the Kirovsky and Moskovsky districts’ administration, who made several goals into the gates of the opposing team.