MOSCOW, February 1. /TASS/. The Ice Hockey Museum, which is located near the CSKA-Arena stadium in Moscow, has announced its closure due to the lack of financing, the museum’s press service stated on Monday.
The museum, which was opened less than five years ago, officially stopped its work on February 1.
"The Ice Hockey Museum has been cut from financing for several months already," according to the press service. "Unfortunately, it seems that no one needs the museum in the year, when the national ice hockey is celebrating its 75th anniversary."
The Ice Hockey Museum was officially opened on May 6, 2016, when Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg co-hosted the 2016 IIHF (the International Ice Hockey Federation) Ice Hockey World Championship.
The museum is located within the Legends Park sports facility complex - the main ice arena hosting the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championship. The project to open the museum was launched by the Legends of Hockey club and was run with the support from the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF).
According to various open sources, among the museum’s exhibits is a game stick of one of the first hockey matches, which took place on December 22, 1946; gold medals of the World Championships and Olympic Games, won by the national teams of the USSR and Russia since 1954; national goalkeepers' masks of the 1960s - early 1970s; hockey sticks autographed by national and international hockey stars, namely Vyacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Valery Kamensky, Alexei Kasatonov, Sergei Makarov, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov and many others.