Golden Puck Anniversary Tournament

17 December 2014, 15:11

It is fifty years since the legendary Russian coach, Anatoly Tarasov, founded the Golden Puck children's hockey tournament, and to mark the anniversary the renowned children’s charity, the Timchenko Foundation, is to host an international tournament for teams of youngsters aged 11-13 on Thursday, the 18th of December, at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi.


The tournament has attracted teams from five countries: one each from Kazakhstan, Belarus, Slovakia and Israel, plus six from various regions of Russia: Primorye, Krasnodar, Saratov, Kaliningrad, Moscow and Sverdlovsk. The ten teams will be split into two round robin groups, the winners of which will contest the final.

The participating youngsters will also be given a tour of Krasnaya Polyana and will be treated to an autograph session with top players from the Night Hockey League. The closing ceremony will be attended by dignitaries from the Golden Puck organizers and the Timchenko Foundation, as well as many famous veterans of Soviet and Russian hockey.

Igor Baradachev, Deputy General Director at the Timchenko Foundation, said of the event "In this, the Golden Puck’s 50th anniversary year, we wanted to grant the hockey players of the future not just a chance to compete against their peers, but also allow them to see the kind of arenas in which they could one day be playing for their club or country. This tournament, held with the support of the Timchenko Foundation, will feature boys from many different countries, vividly underlining the principle that hockey knows no boundaries. In fact, tournaments like these only serve to bring together people from different countries."


The awards ceremony will take place in Sochi’s Bolshoy Ice Dome at 16:30 on Thursday, the 18th of December.

Timchenko Foundation Fact File 
For 20 years, Elena and Gennady Timchenko have devoted themselves to charitable work in Russia and abroad. In late 2010, to achieve optimum long-term results in the field of philanthropy, a charitable foundation was established in Moscow. This organization bore the title, Ladoga, until the end of August, 2013, when it received its current name, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charity Foundation (usually abbreviated to Timchenko Foundation) and brought together many different family charities into one portfolio. The Timchenko Foundation’s goals are to promote active lifestyles for all ages, to aid the development of sport and culture, and to render assistance to families and children in need. These strategies are aimed at furthering a systemic approach to tackling social problems throughout Russia.

Attention all media! To obtain accreditation for this event, please contact: 
Sergey Rychikhin, PR Manager, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Foundation 
Tel. +7 921 181 13 89


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