Sverdlovsk youths compete to enter Pavel Datsyuk's master hockey class
Ultimately, only seventy young players from across seven different Ural cities were invited to Moscow for a four-day training program with Datsyuk, one of the most celebrated graduates of Yekaterinburg's hockey school.
Datsyuk has played in the National Hockey League for 12 seasons and has won the Stanley Cup twice, in 2002 and 2008. Moreover, Datsyuk has received numerous individual awards, including the Lady Byng Trophy and was team captain of the Russian national hockey team during last year's Sochi Winter Olympics.
The master class, which will be sponsored by MegaFon, a major Russian telecommunications provider, will be held from July 15-19 at Moscow's Zelenogradets arena.
The class is free to those selected to participate, and each selected athlete will be given free room and board during their stay in Moscow. Training sessions will be held in both offensive and defensive maneuvers as well as how to negotiate a professional athletic career.
Screening procedures for the Urals area began Monday at Vladivostok's Ice Palace. Datsyuk will move on to Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg this week to select more players. Throughout the rest of next week, he will visit Chelyabinsk, Omsk, Ufa and Zelenograd, selecting young players in those areas for the Moscow master class.
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