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Hockey at SPIEF: Rotenberg’s goals, ice governors and a brilliant finish

Date: March 4, 2024 Time: 05:25:56

This year there is more hockey in the forum. To replace the traditional gala match, the SPIEF Sports Games program included the Stavok League. Roscongreso Cup. Businessmen, politicians and the St. Petersburg administration formed their teams, and the sports and business club “Champion” became another participant.

Roman Rotenberg, head coach of SKA and the Russian 25 national team, and Alexander Medvedev, president of the Zenit football board, played for Business.

Three heads of the Russian regions spoke out for politicians at once: the governor of the Astrakhan region Igor Babushkin, the head of the Republic of Kalmykia Batu Khasikov and the governor of the Bryansk region Alexander Bogomaz. And the main star of the team was the two-time Olympic champion Vyacheslav Fetisov.

Photo source: SPIEF Organizing Committee

“Three governors played with us. This is an important point: today they went on the ice, and tomorrow they will start building skating rinks,” Fetisov said.

Politicians also included Russia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Alexei Bezprozvannykh, Deputy Agriculture Minister Andrey Razin, head of Rosreestr Oleg Skufinsky and head of the Moscow City Sports Department Alexei Kondarantsev. The team also received a powerful football reinforcement in the person of Roman Shirokov and Yuri Zhirkov, who were supported from the stands by Evgeny Aldonin and Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Photo source: SPIEF Organizing Committee

Traditionally, Svetlana Zhurova, an Olympic champion in speed skating, played ice hockey in SPIEF, becoming the champion’s attacking force.

Four teams played in a play-off format: two semi-finals, one game for third place, and one final. The semifinals passed without incident: businessmen and politicians took advantage of their class advantage and advanced to the final.

Photo source: SPIEF Organizing Committee

In the match for third place, “Champion” and the St. Petersburg administration staged a hot finale with the change of the goalkeeper to the pole field player and an empty goal from the hosts. So, “Champion” became the bronze medalist of the Roscongress Cup.

And the final presented a scenario that would be the envy of official professional matches.

“The guys there are great. They have the great Fetisov, who must be counted as three, while we have eight players who have recently gone on the ice and have no experience in this type of game, – Medvedev made it clear that the politicians were the favorites for the decider.

Photo source: SPIEF Organizing Committee

Everything turned out differently: the Rotenberg – Medvedev – Natalya Pochinok trio created an unexpectedly comfortable advantage for “Business” – 6:0. In the third period, the politicians began to chase and almost evened the score, but the shot made at the end saved the victory of the businessmen.

– Everyone fought 100 percent, not paying attention to anything. In order not to complain about refereeing, we must win with a clear advantage, – Roman Rotenberg was pleased with the result of the tournament.

Photo source: SPIEF Organizing Committee

The best player in the tournament was Alexander Medvedev, who promised to donate his prize – a LADA Niva Travel KHL car to an orphanage.

Bright hockey, real emotions of the participants and stands – that’s what the first Roscongress Cup will be remembered for. There is no doubt that in a year the politicians will come to SPIEF to take revenge on corporate hockey.

Photo source: SPIEF Organizing Committee

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Puck Henry
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