On April 21 and 22, the Tiriac – Telekom Arena skating rink hosted the Hockey Spring Cup, a championship organized by A.C.S. Steaua Rangers. There were 70 matches played within the competition, on three age categories: U10, U8 and U6.
Besides the Romanian hokey teams such as ACS Steaua Rangers, CSM Dunarea Galati, ASC Corona Brasov, Gladiators Galati, Triumf Bucuresti, Husky Bucuresti, Olimpia Ploiesti and Sport Plus Braila, the teams founded at the skating rink also performed in the competition – Telekom, Dedeman, Skoda, Simona Halep (women only) and Allianz-Tiriac.
“It is a real joy for me to see the evolution of the hockey teams founded at the skating rink, the fairplay proved by the children during the matches and enthusiasm they show when they are on ice. The involvement of the Ion Tiriac Foundation and of the sponsors of the Tiriac – Telekom Arena skating rink were fruitful, and the fact that the existence of such an arena in Bucharest makes possible a junior hockey championship in Bucharest is a big step forward for the Romanian hockey” stated The Honorary President of the Ion Tiriac Foundation, Ilie Nastase, who attended the awarding ceremony of the winners U8 and U6.
Awarding ceremonies were held in each of the two competition days, where all the participants have been rewarded with medals and cups for their results.
The event was supported by the Romanian Ice Hockey Federation.
The organizers and the partners of the Spring Cup are: McCann Romania, Paste Baneasa, Ana Hotels, Ion Tiriac Foundation, Tomi, and the National Anti-Doping Agency.
Dedeman and Telekom are the first hockey teams founded in 2017 at the Tiriac – Telekom Arena skating rink, being followed by the teams: Simona Halep (women only), Skoda and Allianz-Tiriac.
The little hockey players are training at the Tiriac – Telekom Arena being trained by coaches George Iustinian, Ion Dimache and Dan Popovici, coordinated by Eduard Pana.
The children are practicing hockey for less than one year and started by following the courses for initiation in skating organized for free at the ice rink from Monday to Friday.
Tiriac – Telekom Arena is an unprecedented project, the only skating rink in the Bucharest-Ilfov complying with the latest international Olympic regulations and with the guidelines of the International Hockey Federation. It mainly aims at encouraging children and young people to practice sports and supporting the sports teams in reaching the highest performances.
The initiative of the Ion Tiriac Foundation to make ice sports accessible to children is supported by Telekom Romania, Allianz Tiriac, Dedeman and Skoda.