Night Hockey League (NHL) March 4, held the first match in Norilsk in the Arctic circle. The local players took all-star team "hockey Legends", reports the press service of the NHL.
The team of the guests were famous hockey players: Vyacheslav Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Aleksey Kasatonov, Valery Kamensky, Alexander Mogilny, Alexander Kozhevnikov, Alexander Yakushev and others, as well as representatives of "Norilsk Nickel" Vladimir Potanin and Sergey Batekhin.
"Legends of hockey" won with the score 11:5. However, as representatives of the NHL players from Norilsk from the point of view of physical preparation and tactics looked decent on the background of world Champions and Olympic games.
The scoring was opened by Vladimir Potanin. He scored per game by two goals and gave some assists. The visiting team also scored Pavel Bure (4 goals), Igor Mishukov (1 washer), Sergey Batekhin (1 puck), Alexander Mogilny (2 goals) and Alexei Kasatonov (1 washer).
Before the game, the famous athletes gave a master-class for young hockey players and met with fans. All proceeds from the sale of tickets is more than 1.2 million — plus donation from the company "Norilsk Nickel" (equal to the amount of the fee) will be donated to the children's hockey clubs in Norilsk and Dudinka.
"Sports support and development sports infrastructure in the cities where our employees live, one of the key elements of the social policy of "Norilsk Nickel" — said after the match, the President of the company Vladimir Potanin. — This sport event like today's match, is fundamentally important, because they attract people to the sport. Interest in the match caused the inhabitants of Norilsk, once again confirms this".
In 2016, the Vladimir Potanin has headed the Board of Trustees of Fund of development of Amateur hockey Night Hockey League. In this role, he will oversee target program of support of veterans of Russian hockey, as well as other projects aimed at the development of Amateur hockey in Russia. Programs will be implemented, including, with the support of "Norilsk Nickel".