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Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament in Belarus: Rules and facts

Belarus is a sports country and it can be proud of being successful in various kinds of sports. For instance, with no doubt ice hockey can be included into the list of the most popular sports in Belarus. You can hardly find anyone who doesn't enjoy ice hockey in Belarus. 

Belarusians adore coming to ice hockey matches, they enjoy watching the game and shouting for their favorite team. Nevertheless, there is one ice hockey tournament everyone waits for with great excitement every year (usually from 4 till 7 January).

The Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus is a traditional, dynamical and entertaining international sports event,

which usually opens the sports year in Belarus. Every match of the tournament is filled with activity, movement and passion for the sport.

Traditionally teams of eight countries battle on ice for the prize of the President of Belarus at Chizhovka Arena. Every year participants of the tournament meat their friends and get acquainted with those whom they are going to play against. Everyone is eager to show what they are worth.

The rules of the Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus are pretty simple. A match consists of three 20-minute periods, a 15-minute break is provided in-between them. The tournament itself consists of a preliminary and a final stage. At the first stage of the tournament the teams are divided into two groups and play amongst each other.

When a winner of a subgroup is determined, this team then plays in the final against the other winner of the second subgroup. The teams which won second places in their subgroups play for the third place of the tournament. Other teams get knocked out of the final stage. The places of the teams are determined by means of the summing up the scores the teams gained at the preliminary stage. Winners of a match get two points; the team that loses gets none. However, if the teams end up with a tie score, each of the teams then gets one point.

The tournament of 2018 will be the 13th Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus. Teams Belarus, Finland, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, united team of Russia and the Balkans will be participating this time. The hosts of the tournament-the ice hockey team of the President of Belarus is among the favorites, they won it nine times.

SEE: 2017 Christmas ice hockey tournament

The tournament unites people from all over the world, fans watch the games with great excitement and shout for their teams. The tournament has truly proved itself to be popular and

no wonder it is unofficially known as the World Ice Hockey Championship among amateurs.

Photo: sputnik.by

Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament in Belarus: Rules and facts