27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

World hockey stars hold masterclasses for Tatarstan's young hockey players and referees

On the eve of a charity match, which will take place on September 23 at the Ice Palace, classes with young hockey players were held today at the Biek Tau venue by Soviet and Russian hockey player, centre forward, Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR (1990) and world champion (1990) Alexander Semak, ice hockey coach Scott MacPherson and other athletes.

"It was very interesting to see what level the kids are and how they play. What are my impressions? They need to pull their arms up, it slows them down a little, and skating is good for 10-year-olds," Semak told journalists. "We do not overestimate ourselves – we don't say that after our arrival, they will play better, but we favour such classes. There are North American experts here, and they are different, not the same as us: in Canadian hockey school, they skate while shooting, while our children are taught to skate separately. And the pitch is smaller. These matches are held for a good cause. Let the spectators come and remember the players," said the hockey player. A little later, in the middle of the day, he carried out another masterclass at the Zilant Sports Complex.

Another masterclass, for referees, was held at the Basko Sports Complex with the participation of the legendary referee and advisor to the President of the Kontinental Hockey League, Paul Stewart. "It is a great pleasure to be in Russia today. I had to play against some great players – Tretyak, Mikhailov and others. And now I'm here watching how their children and grandchildren play hockey, and how the younger generation are passionate about the sport. In my heart, there are no politics, just hockey. Working in the Kontinental Hockey League, my job consists of making the game better, so that people can enjoy the show," said the famous referee. The masterclass held by the only referee in NHL history to officiate more than a thousand games, was attended by 25 hockey referees of Tatarstan. "The most important thing is to work together as a team. Now, many referees are working on pure enthusiasm. They need to be a little calmer and relax a little," said Stewart.

Tomorrow, on September 23, a class for young athletes will be held by Russian hockey player, world champion (1993) and Honoured Master of Sports of Russia (1993), Alexey Yashin.

During their visit to Kazan, the legendary athletes will be shown the sports, cultural and historical sights of the city and attractive investment projects of the republic of Tatarstan. 

Tickets for the charity match are on sale. Sales are conducted on the online store at www.bileton.ru as e-tickets, and at the city's box offices and on the public and municipal services website of the Republic of Tatarstan. Ticket prices range from 50 to 300 rubles. Further information is available by telephone on 8 (432) 5 100 400 and online at www.bileton.ru.

Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projecs