SKA and Avangard Ice Hockey Clubs
Revival of interest in sports is largely associated with the success of our sportsmen in major international competitions especially in such popular kinds of sports as football and hockey. This is why Gazprom nowadays sponsors the leading Russian hockey clubs: SKA Saint Petersburg and Avangard Omsk.
SKA Saint Petersburg is among Russia’s oldest hockey clubs and is the major hockey team of Saint Petersburg. The club was founded in 1946 and immediately took part in the USSR Championship. This is the club where the Olympic and world champions, the pride of national hockey, were fostered, namely Alexey Kasatonov, Nikolai Drozdetsky, Alexey Gusarov, Evgeny Belosheykin, Sergey Pushkov, Sergey Shendelev, Svyatoslav Khalizov and Maxim Sushinsky. Nowadays, the SKA club is a team of professionals playing in the Kontinental Hockey League and the SKA-1946 junior team playing in the national junior championship. These teams became winners in various national and international competitions.
Avangard is the Omsk Oblast’s hockey club set up more than half a century ago. In 1996 the team first became the bronze prizewinner of the national championship. The bronze medal laid the basis for a continuous fight for the gold. The team earned its first top award owing to Valery Belousov: under his supervision the team became the Russian champion in 2004. Silver and bronze medals are also among the club’s achievements in this competition.