On January 12, the Neftekhim Arena will become a magnet for all the fans of junior hockey as the top players for the JHL will battle out for the Challenge Cup.
The Challenge Cup is a game between the best Junior Hockey League players, split in two traditional teams, Team West and Team East, held every year not only for the players to gain a prestigious trophy, but also for the right to call their Conference the best.
The JHL Challenge Cup is a unique chance to see firsthand the next Russian and World hockey superstars. In the previous year, Nikita Gusev, Viktor Antipin, Daniil Apalkov, Evgeny Grigorenko, Roman Lyubimov, Alexander Barabanov, Nikita Tryamkin and more took part in this prestigious game.
The Challenge Cup is a hard-fought contest where the top four players of the game will have the right to represent their division at the KHL All-Star Game.
The history of the Challenge Cup started at the Ice Arena in St. Petersburg. Earlier, the Cup has been held in Ufa (2011, 2017), Magnitogorsk (2012), Yekaterinburg (2013), Nizhny Novgorod (2014), Cherepovets (2015), Nizhnekamsk (2016), and Astana (2018).
The Western Conference has a solid (7:2) advantage. Will the East be able to narrow the gap or will they surrender once again?
We’ll have all the replies on January 12.