Red carpets and stars of hockey, politics, and show business, with trophies and medals glittering under the glare of the spotlight, limelight, and flash photography, elegant ladies in eye-popping outfits, and last, but by no means least, more than two dozen awards for the greatest players and all the other heroes whose exploits made the jubilee season of the KHL Championship such a roaring success.
KHL.ru looks back on the Closing Ceremony of the tenth season of the KHL.
The foyer of the Barvikha Luxury Village hotel was adorned with images from previous Championships, including a picture of Alexei Morozov with the real-life version standing nearby, and when the illustrious guests were all seated, a giant screen showed them more reminders of the KHL's short-but-glorious history, before the curtain was raised and the gala evening officially got underway in the already traditional manner - with a welcoming speech from the Chairman of the League's Board of Directors, Gennady Timchenko.
”The most important thing I would like to say is that we believe a strong League means a strong national team, and in this – our tenth anniversary season, Russia won Olympic gold with a team of players drawn solely from the Kontinental Hockey League. We waited 26 years for this triumph, and when we welcome onto this stage the heroes of the 10th KHL season, some of them will be Olympic Champions. I would like to congratulate all the teams, coaches, players, veterans, our legions of fans and all who who love hockey. And I would like to thank them also. Happy anniversary! Live for hockey!”