(PRWEB) April 19, 2013
On April 18th, the 2013 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has officially kicked off with the first games at the ice arenas in the Olympic Park in Sochi. The tournament is held by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia in partnership with the International Ice Hockey Federation.
In Group A, at the “Bolshoy” Ice Dome, team Finland left no chances to Latvia (7:0) as hosts Russia defeated the reigning world champions, team USA, in a highly-contested match – 4:3. In Matchday 2, Finland and Russia will fight for a preliminary first place in the group.
Mika Marttila (Finland), head coach:
Kasperi Kapanen (Finland), forward:
In Group B, at the “Shayba” Arena, Sweden scored nine goals against Germany’s one as Canada claimed its maiden 4:1 victory against Slovakia.
Donald Hay (Canada), head coach:
Nicholas Baptiste (Canada), forward:
Andre Burakowski (Sweden), forward:
Jacob de la Rose (Sweden), forward:
Test Event in ice hockey is held with the support of Sochi 2014 Partners – Coca-Cola and Ingosstrakh.
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Notes to the editor
The IIHF complex of venues is made up of the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, the "Shayba" Arena, and the training arena. The venues are located in close proximity to one other, providing maximum convenience for athletes and guests of the Games.
The "Bolshoy" Ice Dome is a building with a domed roof. The design of the arena is based on the image of a frozen water drop. The dome roof is mainly silver in color.
The name of the Ice Dome highlights the characteristics of this sports venue. The "Bolshoy" (the Russian word for "big") will be one of the biggest Olympic venues, hosting events in one of the most popular sports of the Winter Olympics. At the same time, the word "Bolshoy" is understandable and familiar to people from many different countries, evoking associations with Russia – the Bolshoy Theatre, the traditions of the Russian school of ballet, figure skating, ice hockey and other achievements of the biggest country in the world.
The "Shayba" Arena is designed to look like a snowdrift. It would be impossible to imagine a game of ice hockey without a "shayba" or puck. The name precisely portrays the purpose of the venue. Also, for Russians, shouting "Shaybu!" is a universal and familiar way of showing support for hockey teams in different competitions. Therefore, this name highlights the character of the "Russian" Winter Games.