2018 Christmas ice hockey tournament: players' impressions


2018 Christmas ice hockey tournament: players' impressions

Minsk says goodbye to the participants of the 2018 Christmas amateur ice hockey tournament. Belarus, led by the country's president, won the main trophy.

The children's ice hockey competition "Golden Puck" was held concurrently with the tournament for senior amateurs. The team of the Belarus President's son Griffony lost in the final to their arch rivals Medvedi.

Daniel Glumac, player of the hockey team of the Balkans:
It's a great tournament. We enjoyed our participation. Thank you for the invitation to the organizing committee and the Belarus President.

Martin Milanov, player of the hockey team of the Balkans:
It's very good that China was invited. This is, as everyone says, an unofficial World Championship for veterans.

Andreas Ekker, Switzerland:
Organization and fans were fantastic! The tournament brought us so much joy! It's wonderful to play at such an arena in front of so many fans!

Hans David Steiger, Switzerland:
It's fantastic how this tournament brings together so many people from various nations. You can share impressions. This happens once in a lifetime!

Belarus won against Russia 6:1 in the final and Russians are flying away with their sticks not packed. It's closer for them to fly home in comparison with other participants. What do Russians think about the ice hockey tournament in Minsk?

Vasily Chistokletov, Russia:
We loved the organization, good composition of participants and impressive games.

Czechs called former NHL stars to their team and thanks to this they managed to bag bronze after winning against the UAE in the third-place game.