The message reads, in part:
“The road to the champion’s title was not an easy one. Nevertheless, you were able to come together and confront formidable opponents with strong team spirit, character and will, all the while demonstrating wonderful technique, and the ability to put up blistering attacks and strong defences.
These qualities of true fighters were always instrumental in putting our ice hockey squad on the path to victory. This success is a wonderful tribute to the Russian ice hockey school, and a great example for our younger athletes.”