Despite originating in Canada, ice hockey has always been considered a traditional Russian game. The Foundation’s founders, who are keen ice hockey fans and devotees, have included a programme to develop ice-based sports for children in its portfolio of strategic initiatives. They have taken this step, because playing ice hockey is not only about the ability to handle a stick and puck: one needs to have discipline and perseverance, focus on the result, display teamwork and support one’s team-mates - qualities which today’s young children and teenagers in Russia sometimes lack.
We aim to create the right kind of conditions for ice hockey to develop and become more popular in Russia. We are trying to make this unique sport accessible to all children.