Gazprom Neft Cup

The Gazprom Neft Cup was established by Gazprom Neft in 2007 as a children’s hockey tournament for the U11 age group. In 2010, the Kontinental Hockey League became a general partner of the Cup, from which point the tournament began to expand exclusively through children’s teams from KHL clubs.

In 2018, the Organizing Committee made the decision to extend the tournament’s reach to non-KHL countries based on the principle of ‘one country, one team.’ National ice hockey federations may send only one children’s team from their country to the competition.

Alexey Yashin dropping puck before face-off

In 2019, a team representing the People’s Republic of China entered the tournament, making the Gazprom Neft Cup the largest children’s U11 ice hockey tournament not just in Europe but in the whole of Eurasia.

The tournament uses the group model: teams are divided into West and East groups. Games are held at the Olympic Park in Sochi, where the players take to the ice at two Olympic venues: the Bolshoy Ice Dome and the Iceberg Skating Palace.

Bolshoy Ice Dome

Iceberg Skating Palace

The Gazprom Neft Cup boasts an exceptionally high level of organization for a children’s competition. The games take place at international ice arenas and are managed by professional referees. The tournament’s opening ceremonies are as grand as those of any game featuring KHL stars. Every year, the name of the winning team is engraved on the trophy cup, which is then kept by the winners until the next tournament.