Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sputnik Hockey Club sponsors discuss team's organizational structure

Sponsors of the Sputnik Hockey Club held a press conference last week at Uralvagonzavod Ice Sports Palace in Nizhny Tagil to discuss strategies for enhancing the team's organizational structure.

During the conference, sponsors discussed their decision in March to separate the team from the association of sports clubs in order to incorporate Sputnik as an independent legal entity, Ural Business Consulting reports.

Sputnik Chairman Alexei Zharich said the team has since made tremendous progress in their playing and in their business operations.

Since going out on its own, Sputnik welcomed Takhir Daukayev as a member of its board of directors. Previously, Daukayev was chairman of the the Salavat Yulayev Club and has held posts with Molot-Prkamye and Khimik, according to Ural Business Consulting.

Sputnik has recruited high-profile hockey players for its lineup, including Tomas Kurka from the Czech Republic and Roope Ranta and Toni Dalman, both citizens of Finland, Ural Business Consulting reports.

Most recently, Sputnik received a new corporate sponsor--Gazprombank--which will share primary sponsorship duties with Uralvagonzavod.

"We hope that we'll find more sponsors during the season," Zharich said, according to Ural Business Consulting. "Our task is the raise the Supreme Hockey League's upper limit, which comes to $2.86 million at the moment, by 1.5 times and by two times next year. Then we will be able to compete for all the top places not only with the help of our spirit and willpower as we used to, but also with the help of better infrastructure and world class players."