On April 7, KHL President and Gazprom Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev joined Stanislav Tsygankov, the General Director of OJSC Severneftegazprom, in a visit to Russia’s Far North to attend a training session by the pupils of Geologist hockey club in the village of Urengoy, and to present gifts of hockey equipment to the youngsters.
The Geologist hockey club and school is unique: a place where three hundred children learn the hockey trade under the guidance of qualified coaches at a state-of-the-art skating rink close to the Arctic circle, beyond the 65th parallel, in Urengoy - a village with a population of around ten thousand in the Pur region of Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. The Geologist school has teams of various age groups, and thanks to the high level of organization in Urengoy these teams achieve consistent success in competitions at district, regional, national and international level.
“No victory, whether at international level or in the KHL championship, is possible without a talent for hockey of the kind cultivated at junior and youth sports schools,” - said Alexander Medvedev. “We are fully aware of the importance of supporting children who have decided to dedicate themselves to this wonderful sport, who dream of breaking into the national team and of bringing glory to the sport at the greatest international competitions. That is why the Kontinental Hockey League devotes a great deal of attention to development of hockey for children and juniors. I believe that our joint efforts at every level of our hockey - from the KHL clubs to junior clubs in the Far North - will bring great results.”
“Caring for the younger generation, creating favorable facilities for training talented athletes as well as providing development and support of sport is an vital component of the social policy of our Company,” - Stanislav Tsygankov added. “Through our support we hope to awaken the interest of young people in the game of hockey and in a healthy lifestyle, and to give them a chance to choose a good and healthy way of life.”
Hockey club Geologist of Urengoy was formed in 1986, and in 2011 celebrated its 25th anniversary. It’s teams are among the best in junior and youth hockey and boast considerable success in national and international competitions. Under coach Aleksey Kalugin’s guidance, Geologist hockey teams of various ages have won the championships of Pur district ten times, of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District fifteen times, are three-time champions and have won several silver and bronze medals in the Tyumen regional competitions. They have won gold (twice), silver (three times) and bronze (four times) medals in the All-Russian Gold Puck competition and have also won an international tournament in the USA (Oswego).
From 1986 to 2011, 32 pupils of the club were invited to join teams of masters and Olympic Reserve sports schools of clubs such as Spartak (Moscow), Salavat Yulaev (Ufa), Molot (Perm), Izhstal (Izhevsk), Mostovik (Kurgan), Rubin (Tyumen), Spartak (St. Petersburg), Neftekhimik (Nizhnekamsk), Toros (Neftekamsk) and Spartakovets (Ekaterinburg).
The Severneftegazprom Company is a sponsor of the Geologist hockey club. Thanks to the Severneftegazprom’s support, in 2011-2012 the club has been able to completely rebuild the Urengoy rink, install new benches for the spectators and purchase hockey outfits and equipment for pupils.