On 15 May 2021, a charity hockey game between the national team of Mordovia and the ice hockey club ‘POLICEMAN’ of the Officers’ Hockey League was held at Saransk Ice Palace with the support of Acting Head of the Republic of Mordovia Artem Zdunov.
The tournament was organised by the International Police Association Russian Section in honour of the 20th anniversary of the canonisation of Holy Righteous Warrior Feodor Ushakov.
Addressing the players and fans on behalf of the Head of the Region, Acting Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Moldova Vladimir Sidorov congratulated everyone on the return of bigtime hockey to Mordovia, noting that young pupils at Mordovia Sports School of the Olympic Reserve for Ice Hockey and children from boarding schools took part in the sports festival.
Before the game, recognised Dynamo legends Vasily Pervukhin, Sergey Petrenko and Miskhat Fakhrutdinov held master classes for novice ice hockey players. They worked with the guys on the game technique and demonstrated a number of professional practices.
The children from orphanages and boarding schools received gifts from the chiefs and sponsors of the tournament, including sports equipment, household and musical equipment.
In addition, on that day, the award ceremony was held for the team ‘Mordovia 2007’ – the ice hockey championship winner of the Volga Federal District of the 2020/2021 season. The national team of the Republic took the first place in the standings without losing any of the twenty games! For the first time in the history of Mordovian youth hockey, the regional team has advanced to Group A and next season will meet with such challengers as Ak Bars (Kazan), Dynamo (Kazan), Torpedo (Nizhny Novgorod), Salavat Yulaev (Ufa) and others.
President of the IPA Russian Section, Lieutenant General Yury Zhdanov stressed that youth sports needed to be promoted, and the best of the best would be invited to the Dynamo Moscow Team and the Russian Junior Hockey League.
The result of today’s game was the POLICEMAN team’s victory by a score of 9-5.