Russian National team won second place in the initial stage of the hockey Eurotour

On Sunday, September 1, in Pardubice the first stage of the hockey Eurotour “Czech Hockey Games” came to an end. The Russian team took a second place.

The Finland team has become the winner. It won all three of it’s matches (3:1 with the Czechs, 2:0 with the Russians and 5:0 with the Swedes). 

The Russian National team has won only one match out of three (with the Swedish team) on their ice in St. Petersburg (2:0). Russians have lost both matches held in the Czech Republic — against the Finns (dry 0:2) and  against the Czechs ( in a bitter struggle 1:2).

In the end three teams had one victory. Zinetula Bilyaletdinov’s team took the second place at the tournament thanks to better than the opponents’ puck spread. Defender Andrey Zubarev was recognized as the best Eurotour defense player at this stage.

“At this stage we have invited the kids who participated in Eurochallenge. It was  interesting to see at this level. There is the opportunity to show themselves. I do not think that in the future more experienced players will be called to Eurotour.  Perhaps we will keep this skeleton. As I’ve said before, the Eurotours are necessary for the young players to help them grow. We will keep this line,” stressed Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.