The message reads, in part:
“Since it began, the Night Hockey League has gained high and truly national recognition. This year over 1,150 teams from 79 Russian regions are competing. The tournament is unique because it brings together true legends, sports veterans and ice hockey fans of all ages inspired to start skating, create their own team and achieve success while testing their strength of character. To be among the best, to win the biggest trophy of the season is a worthy goal for such enterprising, energetic, and strong-willed people. This is why the finals in Sochi always attract many spectators with spectacular and uncompromising matches, interesting plays and unforgettable emotions.
I am certain that the League will continue to attract more participants, to acquaint its large audience with the values of fitness and a healthy lifestyle, to popularise hockey, to acquaint people with its history and with the achievements of our famous champions who made a personal contribution to promoting sports in Russia.”