The MHL Red Stars won the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 Challenge Cup of Asia for the second time in the tournament’s existence.
The Russian club, featuring players from MHL junior league team Sakhalinskie Akuly, finished the tournament a perfect 3-0 after defeating Japan 8-3, South Korea 12-0 and eventually Kazakhstan 3-1 in the final contest. After winning the whole thing back in 2012, the team, represented by MHL team Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk, lost the deciding game 6-4 against Japan.
“This tournament was a great experience for us and a good start for the season. All the teams and players, coaches and organizing committee worked really hard and I would like to thank everybody who made this tournament happen,” team captain Vitali Timoshenko said about the event. “As for our team – there are areas in which we need to improve and which we will improve.”
“Tournaments like that are a great opportunity to sit together and think about future plans and activities,” said MHL Managing Director Dmitri Yefimov. “We from our side are interested in working together and expand our league and we think that this tournament was again an excellent opportunity for all teams involved and will help in the development.”
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