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According to FHR President Vladislav Tretiak, the Russian national hockey team will continue to play in various cities of the country

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The matches in Tula and St. Petersburg showed the importance of the performance of the Russian team in the regions, the trend of holding the game in different cities of the country will continue. This was announced to journalists by the President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (FHR) Vladislav Tretiak.

On Sunday in St. Petersburg ended the tournament, which was attended by the national and youth teams of Russia, as well as the team of Belarus. Previously, all three teams were suspended from participation in the world championships.

“The time from May 1 to May 8 was the time for experiments,” Tretyak said. – For the first time, the Russian national team played home matches in the regions in May. For the first time we organized and held an international tournament in St. Petersburg. And, of course, the experiment was a success. I am very happy about this and congratulate everyone who cares about domestic hockey.”

According to the head of the FHR, “the geography of home matches of the Russian national team will expand.”

On Sunday, in the final game of the tournament in St. Petersburg, the Russian team defeated the Belarusian team with a score of 3:2.

“I congratulate the hockey players of the Russian national team on their victory. The guys won three victories in three matches, won the final, which was not easy. If a team wins back from a score of 0:2 and wins, this means that everything is in order with its character, and with skill, and with the ability to play creatively in attack, ”said the functionary.

Tretyak noted that there were many debutants in the Russian teams, who “already managed to feel like leaders.” According to him, the tournament has become useful for them, since “international hockey is different from the game that we see in the KHL or MHL (Continental and youth hockey leagues. — RBC)”.

“They have their own requirements, their own realities, their own tactical nuances,” continued the president of the FHR. – It is very important to give the players the opportunity to feel this hockey, the requirements that it makes. After all, many of the guys who went on the ice in Liga Stavok St. Petersburg Cup, will have to defend the country’s honor at various international competitions for years. They have everything in the future, they have everything ahead of them.”

Before the tournament in St. Petersburg, the Russian team played two friendly matches in Tula with the team of Belarus and won 5:2 and 3:2 in overtime.

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