Junior Club World Cup
04.08.2018 в 16:30

6th annual Junior Club World Cup took place in Tatarstan through August 20-28th. The tournament was held in Nizhnekamsk and Naberezhnye Chelny. Earlier this year the cities hosted Junior Hockey League Challenge Cup and Junior Hockey League Generation Cup. Loko Yaroslavl, who had won Kharlamov Cup in the spring, won the championship title.

As tradition goes, eight teams participated in the tournament, representing Russia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Along with Loko Yaroslavl and the host-team Reaktor Nizhnekamsk, the fans got to see such familiar teams as HK Riga and Snezhnye Barsy. Finnish Jokerit, Slovan Bratislava and Sparta Prague made their debuts at the tournament. Malmö Redhawks came from Sweden for the third time, as they had already participated in 2011 and 2014. The games were played at Neftekhim-Arena in Nizhnekamsk and Ice Sports Palace in Naberezhnye Chelny.


2016 Junior Club World Cup official opening ceremony was held at Neftekhim-Arena before the game between Reaktor and Malmö Redhawks on Nizhnekamsk’s 50th anniversary. Tatarstan Republic president Rustam Minninakhov, Tatarstan Republic Youth Affairs and Sports minister Vladimir Leonov, 2-time Olympic champion and honorary Russian coach Boris Mikhailov and Junior Hockey League managing director Alexei Morozov were among the honorary guests at the game.

JHL-to-Children action, which has become a great tradition at Junior Hockey League events, came to Nizhnekamsk. On the eve of the Junior Club World Cup the cast of popular TV-series ‘Molodyozhka’ (Junior Team) visited Elementary Kindergarten-School of compensating type for children with visual impairments №71 in Nizhnekamsk. The action continued in Naberezhnye Chelny as the the cast visited the department of children's medical rehabilitation and outpatient hospice care Aibolit.

For the second time in the history the tournament featured two Russian teams in the final game. It had happened for the first time in 2014 when MHC Spartak Moscow beat Tolpar Ufa. Two years later the final game of Junior Club World Cup reigning Kharlamov Cup champion faced the host team of the tournament. 


Loko Yaroslavl, coached by Dmitry Krasotkin, won the Junior Club World Cup. In the final game the ‘railway men’ beat the host team of the tournament Reaktor Nizhnekamsk. Yaroslavl won the final game 5-1 at Neftekhim-Arena. Roman Krikunenko, Kirill Slepets, Ivan Romanov scored a goal each, while Daniil Yurtaikin added two more of his own. Arsen Khisamutdinov scored the only goal for Reaktor. Krikunenko was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Daniil Yurtaikin ended up as the top-scorer. Reaktor’s Rafael Bikmullin was named the top forward of the competition.

Snezhnye Barsy from Astana, Kazakhstan won the bronze medals of the tournament. In the bronze medal game Snezhnye Barsy edged Jokerit from Helsinki, Finland 2-1. Thus all three medal places at the 2016 Junior Club World Cup were taken by the teams representing Junior Hockey League.

Group А

Group В

Reaktor (Nizhnekamsk, Russia)

Loko (Yaroslavl, Russia)

    Malmö Redhawks (Malmö Sweden)   

Jokerit (Helsinki, Finland)

Sparta (Prague, Czech Republic)

    Snezhnye Barsy (Astana, Kazakhstan)     

HK Riga (Riga, Latvia)

Slovan (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Winner: Loko (Russia)
2nd place: Reaktor (Russia)
3rd place: Snezhnye Barsy (Каzakhstan)

Top-scorer – Roman Krikunenko (Loko) – 10 (4 goals, 6 assists) points
Most goals – Danil Yurtaikin (Loko) – 6 goals
Most assists – Andrei Chvanchikov (Loko) – 7 assists
Top defenseman – Uvis Balinskis (HK Riga) – 6 (2 goals, 4 assists) points