On December 21, the largest ice hockey equipment centre in Russia opened at the Hockey City complex. The project involved both SKA Hockey Club and the Sport Concept company.
Ice hockey clothing and equipment from large brands such as CCM, Reebok, Bauer and Under Armour will be available to purchase. There is also a large range of SKA and Russian national team merchandise on sale, along with quality products for ice skating, fitness, running and football.
In addition, the centre will offer services concerning individual equipment orders and thermal gear. Soon, professional skate molding and sharpening will be available.
Holders of SKA season tickets and co-branding Gazprombank cards will receive a discount of 10%, while members of the Sector SKA fan-club get a 20% discount.
HC SKA vice-president Roman Rotenberg:
- I want to congratulate everyone with the opening of this centre. Without quality equipment, it's hard to achieve excellent results in ice hockey. In particular, this concerns our ice hockey schools for children. There are 30 sports schools in Saint Petersburg at the moment, and they have 5000 children studying there. We want to believe that the figure will keep on increasing. The development of children's ice hockey is one of our main targets. It's impossible to over-estimate the importance of such facilities like Hockey City, because this gives children the opportunity to play their favourite sport. In turn, this means that ice hockey will continue developing. Here, there is everything which is required for ice hockey. This is the biggest equipment centre in Russia, and there isn't many centres like this one in Europe. Saint Petersburg citizens have the chance to purchase quality equipment at competitive prices. I invite everyone to spend time at Hockey City, at the outdoor rink and the equipment centre.
Sport Concept general director Eduard Sinelnikov:
- Sport Concept is the exclusive distributor for CCM in Russia and the CIS countries, while being a partner of HC SKA at the same time. We supply equipment for all SKA system teams, while producing merchandise with the SKA's and the Red Machine's logo attached. We are happy to support SKA in the development and launching of this project. As the technical partner, our job is to create a unique trading space for professional, amateur and young players. We are planning presentations of new products here. I am sure, that people will find everything required for ice hockey here.
HC SKA general director Andrei Tochitsky:
- We sincerely believe that this project can satisfy even the most demanding of customers. We have provided a loyalty program for SKA fans, I invite everyone to join our large family. By doing what you love and leading a healthy lifestyle, you can discover a lot of new things in our equipment centre at Hockey City.
CCM-Europa vice-president Janne Heino:
- I am happy to be at the opening of this wonderful shop. I have been travelling to Russia since 1998, and I can tell you that this centre cannot be compared to what things were like in the past. This has set a high bar for all shops in the ice hockey field. Working with CCM, I have been travelling around Europe and North America for the past 25 years, and I should say that this store is no worse than other equipment centres in those continents.