The message reads, in part:
“Russia has now created wide-ranging physical fitness opportunities, mass sport continues to develop dynamically, and increasing numbers of adults and young people are adopting a healthy lifestyle. The time-tested Night Hockey League that has proved its indispensability is making a weighty contribution to this significant and large-scale work.
I would like to note that the spring-time Sochi finals have become a good tradition that brings together hockey enthusiasts from different age categories. This year, over 170 teams from 81 regions have gathered to vie for top positions. Qualification tournaments of the 12th Festival involved over 23,000 players, an all-time high for the League. I would like to congratulate you on this outstanding achievement.
I am confident that the National Festival of the Night Hockey League will continue to achieve new creative and sport results, and that it will facilitate the development of national mass sport and the preservation of Sochi’s Olympic legacy.”