SKA Hockey Club and the High Command of the Russian Navy signed a cooperation agreement.
SKA have become the first professional sporting club to formally secure such a partnership. The event took place in the building of the Main Admiralty in Saint Petersburg. The ceremony was attended by the vice-president of SKA, Roman Rotenberg, the general director of the club, Andrei Tochitsky, and the commander-in-chief of the Navy, Nikolai Evmenov.
The partnership between SKA and the Navy has been strenghtened over the course of a number of years. With the participation of the club, ice hockey projects were implemented in the Northern and Black Sea Fleets, an ice hockey training program was launched at the Saint Petersburg Nakhimov School and the club comprehensively supports the Hockey League of Military Personnel, in which several naval teams compete against each other.
The partnership is aimed at developing mass ice hockey among the personnel of the Navy. It is planned the teams will be created in the places of deployment of military units and organisations of the Navy, while educational programs and joint events will also be scheduled.
Furthermore, the agreement also provides for cooperation in improving activities in the field of physical culture and sport and promoting ice hockey and military-patriotic education.