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Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin

May12

The Gagarin Cup

By Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin, Thursday May 12, 2016
The Gagarin Cup on the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works shop floor.

The Gagarin Cup on the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works shop floor. © Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin

At the Ice Hockey World Championships, I recalled that in late April I was working at the final stage of the Kontinental Hockey League’s Gagarin Cup shooting matches between HC CSKA Moscow and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Those matches were really intense as the winner’s fate was not decided until the final, seventh match. To keep interest in the series going for three weeks we, together with the KHL press office, decided to show the Gagarin Cup to residents of Moscow and Magnitogorsk by exhibiting it in the most popular spots of the two cities.

In Moscow, we visited Red Square, Patriarshy Bridge and the Museum of Cosmonautics. In Magnitogorsk, the Cup went to the Iron and Steel Works – right to the shop floor, where steel is smelted.

The last shot of this Gagarin Cup story was taken inside of the Metallurg locker room as the players were celebrating their victory. The Canadian defenceman Chris Lee decided to shave at last: hockey players stop shaving during the playoffs for fear of bad luck.

The Gagarin cup in the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow, 
 Russia.

The Gagarin cup in the Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow,
Russia. © Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin

The Canadian defenceman Chris Lee.

The Canadian defenceman Chris Lee. © Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin