On September 1, 2013 at the Shayba Arena in Sochi, the last games of the International Ice Sledge Hockey Tournament "Four Nations" took place - the last of the Sochi 2014 Olympics Test Events competitive schedule. The tournament is held by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, in conjunction with the International Paralympic Committee and the Russian Paralympic Committee.
In the Third Place Game Russia defeated Czech Republic — 7:2 (2:0, 0:0, 1:0). In turn, Team Canada triumphed again over the Norway in the tournament Final — 5:0 (2:0, 1:0, 2:0).
Once the games had finished, the tournament technical delegate shared his impressions of past matches and the organization of the tournament.
Thomas Koester, IPC technical delegate (USA)
“The arena is absolutely fantastic, they’ve done a wonderful job, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. It’s the best arena we’ve had for this type of event, and we are very proud to be here and look forward to wonderful matches.
I think, perhaps, the best part of this arena is the fact that it is all accessible, including ice on the benches. Most times, that is plastic ice on the benches but here it is full ice, and it makes much easier for the players to get in and out, and it just makes it a much better event all around”
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Notes to the Editor
The Shayba Arena is made to look like a snowdrift. It would be impossible to imagine a game of ice hockey without a "shayba" or puck. The name precisely portrays the purpose of the venue. In addition, for Russians, the cry "Shaybu!" is a universal and recognizable way of supporting hockey teams at various tournaments. Therefore, this name highlights the character of the "Russian" Winter Games.
The height of the Shayba Arenais 22.8 m, its capacity is 7,000 spectators. The venue will host Olympic ice hockey competitions and Paralympic ice sledge hockey competitions.
During the pouring of the first cubic meter of concrete, the construction workers laid a symbolic hockey puck at the foundation of the arena.
The first international Test Events were the IIHF Ice Hockey World U18 Championship — which took place at the venue in April 2013.