The KHL regular championships match between the Ak Bars and Neftekhimik
teams took place in Kazan, following which Kazan beat the team from Nizhnekamsk
at the Tatneft Arena with a score of 5:2. For Danis Zaripov, the captain of the
snow leopards, this match became the 1300th in the Russian championships,
making him a record holder in the country by the number of matches played. The
famous hockey player was congratulated on the anniversary match by the Mayor of
Kazan Ilsur Metshin.
“Danis Zaripov is our legend, he has played 1300 matches, of which more
than 900 for Ak Bars. We thank him for bringing victories and bright emotions.
He is a great professional who shows a high level of playing hockey. Like other
fans, I wish that Danis will raise the next Gagarin Cup over his head as part
of the Tatarstan team,”- Ilsur Metshin said on the air of the Ak Bars Show on
the TNV TV channel.
The Mayor stressed that Tatarstan hockey has always been famous for its sports
stars, including Danis Zaripov, Alexey Morozov, Kirill Petrov, Alexander
Burmistrov and others. “Our children need such outstanding players to motivate
them to play sports. And all conditions have been created in the republic for
this, 12 hockey arenas have been built in Kazan, 82 hockey rinks and 21 skating
rinks will be available this year. All sports fans have venues to train, and I
urge them to do it with their families,”- Ilsur Metshin said.
The success of Tatarstan hockey is connected with the great support of the
leadership of the republic, the Mayor noted. “Today Tatarstan is the leader in
the number of hockey arenas. We love hockey and support it,”- Ilsur Metshin
After the match, the head of the city congratulated the famous hockey player
on another victory and the 1300 th match.
For reference, the Ak Bars and Neftekhimik teams played 54 mutual matches in
KHL – Ak Bars won 36 times, while Neftekhimik won 18 times.
On December 10, 2021, the captain of Ak Bars Danis Zaripov played the
anniversary match in the Russian championships. In total, he has played 1300
matches, including: 904 – for Ak Bars, 301 – for Metallurg, 95 – for Mechel,
which is a nation record.
In 2001, the hockey player joined the Kazan team from Mechel (Chelyabinsk),
in 2013-2017 he played for Metallurg (Magnitogorsk). Danis Zaripov is the
record holder of Ak Bars– he played 904 matches in 17 seasons, scored 291 goals
and scored 639 points.
In addition, Danis Zaripov can be called the second top-scorer of the
Russian hockey – according to the results of the match with Torpedo on November
20, 2021, he overtook Boris Mikhailov in the number of goals scored (to date,
he has scored 430 goals), and also repeated the record of Andrey Subbotin,
scoring goals in 23 championships.