2011 JUNIOR CLUB WORLD CUP

2011 JUNIOR CLUB WORLD CUP
Junior Club World Cup
26.07.2018 в 16:30
2011 JUNIOR CLUB WORLD CUP
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First Junior Club World Cup was held in Omsk, Russia from August 30th, 2011 to September 3rd, 2011. Eight countries were represented at the tournament. The games were held at Arena Omsk and Blinov SKK. Krasnaya Armiya Moscow captain Roman Lyubimov hoisted the cup as his team won the tournament, just a few months after they had won second Kharlamov Cup in history.
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On December 1st, 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland International Ice Hockey Federation committee has approved the first Junior Club World Cup in history to be held in Omsk, Russia. This Russian project was presented by MHL executive director Dmitry Efimov. It was MHL’s initiative to create a tournament for national junior club champions.

HK Riga goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis was the poster-boy of the Junior Club World Cup.

The eight teams were divided into two pools – Group A and Group B. Group A games were held at Arena Omsk, while Group B games were played at Blinov SKK. Krasnaya Armiya (Moscow, Russia), Tatranski Vlci (Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia), HK Riga (Riga, Latvia) and Team EJNL (USA) played in Group A, while HC Energie (Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic), Malmö RedHawks (Malmo, Sweden), Fort McMurray Oil Barons (Fort McMurray, AB, Canada) and Dinamo-Shinnik (Bobruysk, Belarus) competed in Group B.

Opening ceremony of the tournament was held on August 30th right before the game between Krasnaya Armiya and Tatransky Vlci. The fans were treated to a flamboyant light show and a video about the first Junior Club World Cup in history. Russian team won the game as they edged ‘the wolves’ 4-3. The games went on for three days and in the end it was Energie from Czech Republic and Krasnaya Armiya who made it to the final. The final game of the 2011 Junior Club World Cup ended with a blowout as Krasnaya Armiya won 7-2.
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Local fans cheered not only for the Russian team but also had a great pleasure visiting Belarus Dinamo-Shinnik games. The final game was sold out and the atmosphere at the rink that night was electric more than ever – the fans did the Mexican wave and cheerfully chanted ‘Go, Russia, go!’. Russia, Canada and Belarus game attracted the most fans at the tournament. According to official game reports, 44,242 fans attended the games.

A lot of VIP hockey guests attended the 2011 Junior Club World Cup among which were KHL president and Junior Hockey League board chairman Alexander Medvedev, Ice Hockey Federation of Russia president Vladislav Tretiak, Kontinental Hockey League board chairman Vyacheslav Fetisov and official International Ice Hockey Federation delegate Ernest Aljancic. World-famous coach and JHL board member Vladimir Yurzinov held a traditional coaching seminar and also visited a local clinic hospital for children.

Local government helped greatly in organizing the tournament. Omsk Region governor Leonid Polezhayev said many times that hosting such a grand international competition was prestigious and honorable for Omsk.

Group А

Group В

Krasnaya Armiya (Russia)

Energie (Czech Republic)

Tatransky Vlci (Slovakia)

Malmö RedHawks (Sweden)

Team EJNL (USA)

Fort McMurray Oil Barons (Canada)

HK Riga (Latvia)

Dinamo-Shinnik (Belarus)


Winner – Krasnaya Armiya Moscow
2nd place – Energie Karlovy Vary
3rd place game was not held

Top forward – Roman Lyubimov (Krasnaya Armiya)
Top-scorer – Miks Indrasis (HC Riga) – 8 (5 goals, 3 assists) points
Most goals – Miks Indrasis (HC Riga) – 5 goals
Most assists – Roberts Bukarts, Juris Upitis (both – HC Riga), Andrei Sergeyev, Sergei Barbashev (both – Krasnaya Armiya) – 4 assists each
Top defenseman – Andrei Sergeyev (Krasnaya Armiya) – 6 (2 goals, 4 assists) points

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