27 December 2012, Thursday, 13:36
author: Dmitry Slezin
The solemn opening of 2013 World Junior Ice-Hockey Championship took place in "Ufa-Arena". After a small laser show projecting on the ice the names of countries-participants a parade of their flags took place. The talisman of the Championship Bear Timka greeted participants of this global forum.
The Deputy Prime-Minister of the Government of Bashkortostan Republic Marat Magadeev, the president of Ice Hockey Federation of Russia Vladislav Tretyak, the member of Council of the International Ice-Hockey Federation Frank Gonzalez, the deputy Minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy of Russia Yuriy Nagornyh and the Minister of Youth Policy and Sports of Bashkortostan Andrey Ivanyuta were present at the ceremony.
Marat Magadeev, Vladislav Tretyak and Frank Gonzalez made short speeches. They wished young hockey players to show entertaining game and to define the strongest, and wished the audience to receive pleasure from their ice battles.