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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Young Russians set to invade Friday

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Young Russians set to invade Friday

Clifton Park residents are being asked to open their homes to the Russians during this holiday season, not as a hostile takeover, but an act of international kindness.

The Olimp Hockey Club from Vorkuta, Russia is traveling to the Capital District to compete in the International Santa Jam this weekend at the Clifton Park Arena. The overseas visitors will face local powers, the Clifton Park Dynamo, the CD Selects, the Salem New Hampshire Top Guns and the Massachusetts Dual State Huskies. All the players are a 1994 birth year (13-years-old).

Vorkuta is located in the Komi Republic beyond the Arctic (or Polar) Circle about 55 miles inland from the Barents Sea of the Arctic Ocean. Olimp HC is a "AA" youth hockey program that has won the North Regions of Russia "Polar Games" four times; it was champion of the Northwest Region of Russia in 2007 and placed second in the "Golden Puck" Championships last year. All the players on this team attend a sports school, where classes are combined with training each day.

The jamboree is currently looking for sponsors to help with the Russian hockey team’s entry fee into the tournament and their luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 29 as well as families to host two players each. The players are all first-year bantams and would need housing from Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.

For sponsorship information or housing billeting, contact Craig Jenkins at 279-3070.


International Santa Jamboree
All games at Clifton Park Arena
Friday, Dec. 28
9 a.m. CP Dynamo vs. Olimp Hockey Club
10:30 a.m. Top Gun vs. CD Selects 94
4:30 p.m. Top Gun vs. CP Dynamo
6 p.m. CD Selects 94 vs. Olimp Hockey Club
Saturday, Dec. 29
9 a.m. Top Gun vs. Olimp Hockey Club
10:30 a.m. Dual State vs. CD Selects 94
12:30 p.m. Skills competition – All Teams
4:30 p.m. Top Gun vs. Dual State
6 p.m. CP Dynamo vs. CD Selects 94
Sunday, Dec. 30
10:30 a.m. Dual State vs. CP Dynamo
3 p.m. Dual State vs. Olimp Hockey Club

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