With the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship coming to its final day, it’s time for the tournament participants to share emotions about the test event’s experience. The end of the competition brings just the beginning of the ice hockey life to the Olympic city of Sochi.
Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation:
- We have two very good arenas. I like especially the small one, it is a really typical hockey arena with seven thousand seats, it’s deeper. For sure, the big arena, the “Bolshoy”, is a typical multi-purpose arena. It’s very nice, very convenient, big, with a lot of space and very good dressing rooms. There are small details to correct but that’s why we make the test event.
Thatcher Demko (USA), goalkeeper:
- I think it’s a good tournament organization wise. I think they’ve done a good job. It’s unbelievable set-up, especially playing Russia in Russia – it seemed like all 14 thousand people were really loud. The dressing room is awesome, it’s a lot of room, we have all things that we need. We went to the Black Sea quite a bit, we went downtown a little bit, it’s been a great experience!
Ruzal Galeyev (Russia), forward:
- The arena is excellent, the conditions are outstanding: ice is good, dressing rooms are comfortable, and fans always support us and make us go forward. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet had time to see Sochi but the main thing for us here is hockey itself.
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Notes to the editor
The IIHF complex of venues is made up of the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, the "Shayba" Arena, and the training arena. The venues are located in close proximity to one other, providing maximum convenience for athletes and guests of the Games.
The "Bolshoy" Ice Dome is a building with a domed roof. The design of the arena is based on the image of a frozen water drop. The dome roof is mainly silver in color.
The name of the Ice Dome highlights the characteristics of this sports venue. The "Bolshoy" (the Russian word for "big") will be one of the biggest Olympic venues, hosting events in one of the most popular sports of the Winter Olympics. At the same time, the word "Bolshoy" is understandable and familiar to people from many different countries, evoking associations with Russia – the Bolshoy Theatre, the traditions of the Russian school of ballet, figure skating, ice hockey and other achievements of the biggest country in the world.
The "Shayba" Arena is designed to look like a snowdrift. It would be impossible to imagine a game of ice hockey without a "shayba" or puck. The name precisely portrays the purpose of the venue. Also, for Russians, shouting "Shaybu!" is a universal and familiar way of showing support for hockey teams in different competitions. Therefore, this name highlights the character of the "Russian" Winter Games.