On December 26, an agreement was signed between SKA Hockey Club, the SKA Academy, the Yunost ice hockey school and the Sverdlovsk Region Ice Hockey Federation. The contract, created in connection with SKA and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, is designed to develop children's ice hockey in Sverdlovsk Region. The academy will now be called the SKA-Yunost school.
Players who train at the SKA-Yunost school will now be able to compete at the Gazprom Neft Cup, one of Europe's biggest ice hockey tournaments for children. Only academies which have contracts with KHL clubs can participate in that particular competition.
The SKA In The Regions project is designed to develop children's ice hockey all around the country. The goal is to give children a chance to play ice hockey at a high level which using modern training methods in their region. Another task is to prevent the premature leaving of players from their hometowns to other cities to play ice hockey. Thanks to new SKA schools, children can train at the SKA Academy in other cities aside from Saint Petersburg.
On Tuesday, the SKA-Yunost team won the Pavel Datsyuk Cup in Yekaterinburg. SKA captain Pavel Datsyuk presented the winners with their prizes, and gave all players sticks.