Photo: CKA Saint Petersburg
The date has special significance in Russia for the incoming class of first graders who come to school for the first time on this day each year, and often participate in a celebratory assembly on this date. The date/celebration also unofficially marks the end of summer in Russia.
The event included members from Team Russia, headlined by Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, who looked pretty excited to be introduced to the crowd.
Team Russia participants also included Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks), Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets), Pavel Datsyuk (KHL, SKA Saint Petersburg) and Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues).
(Not exactly thrilled to be heading back to school:)
On 1 September 1984, the Supreme Council of the USSR officially designated the first of September as the official ‘Day of Knowledge’. In towns and villages, well-dressed students arrive at school with a bunch of flowers. The celebration begins when children stand in line and are welcomed by the director of the school and the teachers. Senior students read poetry and perform songs and the “Первый звонок” (first bell) rings for the new comers.
The celebration included frightening Russian dance routines by teachers:
— Спорт-Экспресс (@sportexpress) September 1, 2016
The Capitals’ Director of Communications and Public Relations, Sergey Kocherov will also be heading to Saint Petersburg to head-up Team Russia’s Public Relations.
Excited to announce that I’ll serve as a PR rep for Team Russia at World Cup beginning Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
— Sergey Kocharov (@SergeyKocharov) September 1, 2016
By Jon Sorensen