About the League
The second annual Junior Club World Cup was held in Omsk, Russia from August 18th, 2012 to August 26th, 2012. The tournament was granted an IIHF status that year. No other international tournament had the privilege of being noticed by the International Ice Hockey Federation right after its inception.
That happened largely to the fact that IIHF delegate Ernest Aljancic had attended the 2011 Junior Club World Cup and praised the organization of the tournament in Omsk in his report at the International Ice Hockey Federation congress in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 2012 the MHL tournament was also included in the Schedule of inter-regional, national and international athletic and sports activities of the Ministry of Sports of Russia.
The Junior Club World Cup was held at Arena Omsk and Blinov SKK. The concept and location of the tournament did not change. However, the number of participating teams went up. Waterloo Black Hawks (Waterloo, IA, USA), Dinamo-Shinnik (Bobruysk, Belarus), reigning Kharlamov Cup champions Omskie Yastreby (Omsk, Russia), Energie (Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic) and U20 Team Norway played in Group A, while Linkoping (Linkoping, Sweden), Sudbury Wolves (Sudbury, ON, Canada), HK Riga (Riga, Latvia), HIFK (Helsinki, Finland) and U20 Team Denmark competed in Group B.
For the time in history an Ontario Hockey League team Sudbury Wolves stepped on Russian soil and won the Junior Club World Cup in the end as they beat Waterloo Black Hawks from the USA in the final 2-0. Omskie Yasterby couldn’t make it to the semifinal round. Linkoping played against Dinamo-Shinnik in the bronze medal game. The game turned out to be so intense, that the fans didn’t see a single goal in regulation time. Jesper Bärgård scored the overtime winner on a powerplay and Linkoping won the game 1-0.
As per tradition on a no-game day, Junior Club World Cup teams took part in the action ‘MHL-to-Children’ and visited Omsk Cancer Center. Hockey players brought gifts for kids who were in chemotherapy, chatted with them wished them a quick recovery.
Legendary Canadian hockey player and 2-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Esposito visited the medal round games of the Junior Club Word Cup. Along with hockey icon Esposito, IIHF president Rene Fasel and KHL president and MHL board chairman Alexander Medvedev attended the final game.
At the opening ceremony of the tournament along with a wonderful pre-game show the fans were also treated to MHL anthem, composed and performed by former Aria and Avtograph vocalist Artur Berkut. The anthem was first performed on February 11th at MHL Challenge Cup in Magnitogorsk, Russia.