All-Ukrainian children's and youth competitions started on the Day of Hockey for Children
The start was timed to coincide with Children's Hockey Day, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in October. For children of different age groups and any level of sports training, master classes were held under the guidance of famous children's coaches, athletes of hockey clubs "Ukrainochka" and "Motorist", as well as engravings of the national women's team of Ukraine.
The playground was divided into six zones, in each of which specialists in a playful way taught children the main elements. Playing hockey, handball on ice, collecting pucks for speed — all this was waiting for little girls and boys.
During the event there was a grand opening ceremony of the championship.
"A large-scale season awaits us! The season, which will host about 1500 matches, involves more than 1600 young hockey players, 95 teams of different ages from 17 cities of 13 regions of Ukraine!" said Anatoliy Brezvin, President of the Ukrainian Hockey Federation.
Among the main innovations of the season – non-domingue age groups."Without knowing your past, it is impossible to count on a bright future. This year we decided to honor our star hockey players – Olympic champions, world champions and ex-NHL players – by naming them the age groups in which the competitions are held," said Georgi Zubko, vice president of the Hockey Federation.
Thus, the adversarial groups were named after Dmytro Khrystych, Oleksiy Zhytnyk, Oleksandr Houryuk, Serhiy Varlamov, Ruslan Fedotenko, Oleksiy Ponikarovskyi and Valeriy Shiryaev. Legendary athletes will also participate in the events held by the UML.
After the opening ceremony, everyone could enjoy the hockey match of the Ukrainian Championship among young men in 2004 between Fc Kryzhynka Kyiv and The White Bars Brewery. Vadym Misyura, representative of the official partner of the FXU and the Parimatch Foundation competition, made the symbolic throwing of the puck together with the President of the Federation.
"Support of children's and youth hockey is an important aspect of our foundation. Our goal is to promote the development of sports in general, to create conditions for as large a population as possible to be involved in sports," Vadym Misyura said.
Ukrainian Youth Hockey League – founded by the Ukrainian Hockey Federation unit the main purpose of which is the development of children's and youth hockey in Ukraine, preparation of high-quality personnel reserve of ukrainian hockey teams for their successful performance on the international stage.
Since 2019, UMHL has been caring for the organization and holding of ukrainian championships and all-Ukrainian ice hockey competitions of all ages.
Parimatch Foundation is an international charitable foundation designed to unite business, public sector and NGOs around solving specific social problems. The foundation's main mission is to promote the well-being and health of society through education and involvement of people in sports, as well as the fight against isolation and poverty.
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