10 April 2019
For the first time ever, an International Youth Tournament UTLC Ice Cup 2019 brings together young hockey players from five Eurasian countries and six KHL clubs under the slogan. This inaugural tournament may be regarded as a prologue to IIHF World Championships in Division 1A which will be hosted by Barys Arena from April 29th to May 5th.
The tournament is organized by United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Railway Alliance JSC (UTLC ERA), the leading operator of rail transit container services in China-Europe-China direction. UTLC Ice Cup 2019 will be company's second sports project. Since 2017 UTLC Cup U14 football tournament is held in Moscow in summer.
“Our big social project Young Eurasian Stars got a new vector of development, without changing its main goal which is the unity of countries. Now we support the development of young talented athletes of two sports: the football tournament for them will be held in Moscow, and hockey will be played in Nur-Sultan. I am sure that young athletes will show a level of play which will make adult teams envious,” said Alexey Grom, President of the UTLC ERA.
Barys Nur-Sultan, Slovan Bratislava, Dinamo Minsk, Kunlun Red Star Beijing, SKA St. Petersburg and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl play April 9-13th at Barys Arena. KHL bosses and ambassadors of participating countries are expected to be seen among the guests of the competition.