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On November 25-27 the second inter-regional tournament "Hockey for Children" was held in Tomsk sports complex Kristall. The general sponsor of this event as per tradition was Imperial Energy group of companies.

We remember that the first tournament (which was titled “Imperial Energy Cup”) took place last fall. Young hockey players born in 2010-2011 from Tomsk and from near-by Siberian cities fought for victory in this tournament.

This year six teams of boys born in 2013 participated in the competition: Burevestnik (Tomsk), Smena (Seversk), Shegarka Bears (Melnikovo village), Legion (Asino), Energiya (Kemerovo), and Metallurg (Abaza, Republic of Khakassia).

The official opening ceremony of the tournament started with traditional parade of competitors and welcome speeches of honored guests.

Among the guests of honor were our famous fellow countryman Vladimir Sapozhnikov, the winner of the Junior Ice Hockey World Championship, and Andrey Belousov, Head of Department of physical culture and sports of the Tomsk Administration, who warmly cheered the boys. On behalf of IE group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Saket Gupta welcomed the rising hockey stars.

- Sports are an important part of upbringing of the young generation, a significant contribution to their health, proactive attitude, and sense of purpose. With this understanding we are pleased to provide the boys passionately pursuing hockey goals with another great opportunity to show their skills, demonstrate the high level of their sports training, as well as with opportunity to meet, mix, and make new friends. Let this tournament become a real celebration of sports for the young participants, and serve to promote sports and healthy lifestyle among younger residents of Tomsk. I wish all participants good team spirit, success, great goals and spectacular victories, - wished CEO of Imperial Energy.

After an exhibition gala performance of young figure skaters, who are training in Tomsk Children's Sports School No. 4, the intense hockey battles started to unfold on the ice, which continued for the next two days. At the end of the tournament the golden medal was awarded to team Energiya from the capital of Kuzbass, the silver went to Burevestnik from Tomsk, and the honorary bronze went to Legion from Asino. Our company, as the general sponsor, awarded the best teams with the main prizes - medals, cups, cash certificates for purchase of sports equipment. Commemorative gifts from Imperial Energy were awarded to the best players of each game, and at the opening ceremony of the tournament all teams also received sweet gifts from us.

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