EXHIBITION GAME IN ELABUGA
Exhibition game in Elabuga.Neftekhimik visited Elabuga. Marat Khairullin, Denis Vikharev, Eduard Gimatov, Kirill Vorobyov and Mikhail Sidorov did not have to go on the ice. On this trip, they had a different task – they took part in autograph sessions during intermmisions.
The team was welcomed with open arms. Children from the Elabuga hockey school greeted the players with the traditional dish chak-chak.
The head of the executive committee of the Yelabuga region, Lenar Nurgayanov, thanked the management of the HC Neftekhimik, hockey players and coaches of the team. Director of HC Neftekhimik, Igor Larionov, noted that this kind of exhibitions games are great for the fans, there is a lot of positive and this leads to promoting hockey.
After a symbolic face-off, the game have begun. Neftekhimik played against Elabuga-1000. The game was a spectacular one, 17 goals were scored. The final score is 6–11 in favor of Neftekhimik.
Here is a brief interview with the defenseman of the Elabuga-1000 team, Maxim Khokharev:
- For us, playing against KHL team is a great thing. It is a rare opportunity, and I would like to thank Neftekhimik for their visiting Elabuga second year in a row. Have a look at the stands; there are many kids watching the game. This is a good deed to promote hockey. This kind of promotion is best one.