About the League
Prior to the jubilee season-closing ceremony of the Junior Hockey League, a press-conference took place with participation of JHL board chairman Alexander Medvedev and league’s managing director Alexei Morozov.
“It’s great to be at the ceremony, dedicated to closing Junior Hockey League’s 10th season,” said Alexander Medvedev. “Ten years is a solid time but on the hand it means only the beginning of long road up ahead. It proved to be a very exciting season. I would like to point out that we had a very intense final which went all the way to Game 7. Besides, it wasn’t as much about the number of games as it was about their quality. The players brought some great hockey to the table. Both teams deserved to compete in the finals. I want to note that Junior Hockey League has proven in 10 years that Russian hockey vertical works regardless of anything. Future world championship winners and Olympic Games gold medalists competed in JHL. Everybody knows their names. We can’t forget about Nikita Gusev and Kirill Kaprizov, who won the Olympics for Team Russia. Nikita Kucherov just had a tremendous season in the National Hockey League. Competition is the basis of progress. It’s the foundation of national team success. It’s great to celebrate the end of the jubilee season. Looking forward to celebrate the next jubilee in five years.”
“I congratulate everyone with the end of the jubilee season. It’s an exciting moment for us. We tried to make the season memorable for the fans,” said Alexei Morozov. “We developed a new logo and put forward a new licensed merchandize with it. We organized several celebratory events, gave out commemorative pucks to those who scored milestone goals and held a competition, which, very symbolically, was won by an Avto [Yekaterinburg] fan.
“We signed a partnership deal with the Student Hockey League and started the Study! Play! Be the best! program. It’s a project that would allow those players, who had finished their Junior Hockey League careers, to do both fun and business – they won’t have to say goodbye to their favorite game and still compete for high athletic results and get higher education at the same time. We are glad that ten years we developed alumni who become Olympic champions. We decided to give special awards to Top-10 Junior Hockey League alumni. I am not going to name any names just yet. A special committee has selected those hockey players, who had spent at least one full season in the league and have gone on to achieve serious results at the highest level. We put together a special Junior Hockey League encyclopedia specifically for the season-closing ceremony. I think it’s going to be exciting for everyone to look back at the first few years of the league’s existence. I would also like to note that we have just had our first 7-game final series in several years. On top of that several records were set in the jubilee season – single-season points, single-season goals and single-season shutouts. We are already getting ready for the new season, which will bring us a lot of new vivid events and new stars.”