It is being organized by the Andorran Ice Sports Federation and the participating countries are Portugal, Ireland and Morocco along with hosts Andorra.
Of the conversations that took place in the Russian capital came the idea of the Development Cup, which “as a future project can go far if everyone implies”. The international Ice Hockey Federation is not officially involve in it, but it supports some members of its structure to disseminate it through its means.
Argentina wanted to part in this first edition but could not make up a team. For the next editions there are interests from countries like Greece, Brazil and Armenia. “A competition like this helps to promote ice hockey in each country where it is not practiced as much, and in addition to making it known it is a way to make new partnerships ,” says Mañosas.
The 2017 Development Cup at the end of the month will be “a first stepping stone of this project that must have a progression, that every year the tournament grows. We can always say that the beginning of everything was in Andorra. “
On September 29th and 30th the Development Cup will begin with the teams facing off each other. The first two teams will play the final on October 1, and the remaining two will play for third and fourth place. Instead of playing three periods of 20 minutes, each period will be 15 minutes.