The history of competition has been nearly half a century. The first tournament “Golden puck” took place in the season 1964 – 1965. 57 teams took part in it then. The founder of the tournament and Chairman of the club “Golden puck” was the “father of Russian hockey” Honored master of sports and honored coach of the USSR Anatoly Tarasov.
Since its start, the competition has won the great love of millions of children from all over the Soviet Union. Many famous hockey players took part in tournament games in due time, among them – Vladislav Tretiak, Alexander Maltsev, Vladimir Myshkin, Vladimir Krutov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Valery Kharlamov and many others.
With the collapse of the USSR ceased to exist all-Union children’s sports club “Golden puck”, came the period of decline in the development of children’s Amateur Soviet hockey.
On the territory of the Republic of Belarus the tournament was revived thanks to the initiative of the Head of state. Since 1997, the tournament is held for the prizes of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
Since 2006, the organizers of the “Golden puck” includes the Presidential sports club. Largely due to this tournament in all parts of the country kids hockey got its massive development.
Competitions are held among Amateur teen teams in two age groups (Junior and senior) in three stages: stage I (January) – mass competitions at the place of residence (district, city tournaments during the winter season); stage II (February – March) – competitions in the regions and Minsk; stage III (March) – the final of the national competition among the winners of regional Championships and Minsk. The team consists of 18 athletes (16 players, 2 goalkeepers), 1 coach, 1 representative.
Since 2015, a new scheme of competitions has been approved, where teams in their age groups are divided into divisions A and B. In division ” A ” teams of districts and cities where there are sports facilities with artificial ice participate. Respectively, in division “B” teams compete, where such structures no.
The presidential sports club establishes cups and special prizes for teams that have become winners and prize-winners. Also, none of the participants of the final tournaments is left without gifts. Young hockey players receive whole sets of Souvenirs with the logo of the competition from the club.
“Golden puck” for the children of the whole country is not only exciting competitions and interesting experience, unforgettable excursions and prizes from the organizers, but also a real chance to Express themselves, to get into specialized sports schools in hockey.