A tournament called “Tough Girls Hockey”, organized with support from the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko and the Ice Hockey Federation of Leningrad Oblast, will take place at the ASK ice centre in the township of Strelna between 6 and 8 March.The competition will be joined by 6 2006-2009 born girl teams: ∙ SKA-Avrora (St Petersburg); ∙ Team of Leningrad Oblast; ∙ SKIF (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast); ∙ Pervomayskiye Lvitsy [Pervomaysky Lionesses] (Chelyabinsk Oblast); ∙ Team of Moscow; ∙ Severyanka (Cherepovets). With such a representative line-up, the St Petersburg tournament becomes the main review of the junior female hockey scene in Russia, its matches to be of interests to spectators and talent scouts alike. “Female hockey in this country is still in its infancy, and such tournaments are certain to facilitate its growth. I am confident that we are in for exciting matches with a total commitment to victory,” said Violetta Simanova, head coach of the SKA-Avrora team, in offering her prediction for the tournament matches. As is the tradition with the Good Ice programme for the promotion of children's ice sports, which organizes the tournament, the teams are offered a wide choice of interesting interactive events. The girl hockey players will go on a sightseeing tour of the town, as well as visiting the Peterhof park town. The ice centre itself will host an exposition of the Hockey Museum (Moscow) for the public, which will feature exhibits from the collection of the famous ice hockey referee Mikhail Lvovich Galinovsky. “This tournament will be the only hockey competition for girl teams this year. Women's ice hockey tournaments are few and far between, but they are instrumental in changing the image of hockey, to say nothing of the beauty and grace of this brave sport. I hope that thanks to our young participants Russian female hockey will have an infusion of beautiful talent,” said Igor Baradachev, deputy CEO, Timchenko Foundation. Not least in the context of the tournaments, which are sponsored by the Good Ice programme, are workshops for parents, which focus on problem solving in the triangle of coach-children-parents. The classes for girl hockey players, their parents and coaches will be taught by psychologist Yulia Rodygina. The young tournament participants will also undergo psychological testing. The Tough Girls Hockey tournament is a historical event for St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. By staging such a competition, we lay solid groundwork for full-scale growth of children's female hockey in our region, and symbolically this will happen on the eve of a lovely special occasion such as International Women's Day,” said Andrey Tochitsky, president of the Ice Hockey Federation of Leningrad Oblast.