The ice arena was opened 20 April. The skating rink in his home town was the brainchild of hockey player Yevgeny Ketov, a trainee of the local hockey school, now a player for St Petersburg SKA.
The modern ice rink will be used to train young hockey players of the local sports school; the rink will also be open to the general public.
According to Maksim Reshetnikov, governor of Perm Krai, plans provide for a figure-skating section to be opened. He also highlighted the sporting traditions of the town and the krai, speaking at the opening ceremony of the ice arena. “Gubakha has very strong sporting traditions, a strong school, coaches, as well as a special attitude to sports,” said the governor.
Igor Baradachev, deputy general director of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, said that the Timchenko Foundation facilitate the promotion of sports in small communities. “An ordinary Joe from your town dreamed of playing in an indoor skating rink as they do in cities. He became a champion. And today in his home town of Gubakha at No 3 Pereulok Mechty [Dream Lane] has been opened an indoor ice rink, where hundreds of kids will be able to train and make their dreams come true. The arena is unique in that it is the first ice facility in Prikamye [area along the river Kama] with an environment suitable not only for spectators but also for sledge hockey players,” said Igor Baradachov.
The Russian hockey player Yevgeny Ketov said that the new ice arena will enable children to train all the year round, hone their sports skills and reach peak performance faster. Also, the ice arena will soon open a hockey section of the Game Sports Academy and a figure-skating section of Start SDYuShOR [Junior Olympic Reserve Sports School (JORSS)]. The sections will be able to train 60 and 45 people [respectively].
On its opening day, the ice arena hosted the final of the Perm Krai governor’s Hockey Cup for 2008-2009 born kids. On the ice met the Perm team of Rubin [Ruby] and Gubakha DYuSSh [junior sports school (JSS)]. Both teams demonstrated aggressiveness and the will to win. With a score of 5-3, the match and Cup were won by the Perm players. The runner-up in the regional tournament was the team of Gubakha; third place went to Perm’s Meteo.
The total cost of the Gubakha ice arena is 240 mln roubles. Of which 180 mln roubles was provided by the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko; the rest by the treasuries of the krai and the municipality.
The new ice arena will accommodate some 50 players and 300 spectators. The complex has a fitness gym, utility spaces, as well as a skate hire outlet.