The new head coach of the Russian national team, Alexei Zhamnov, spoke about his appointment.
“To lead the Russian national team in such a tournament as the Olympic Games and the World Championship is a great responsibility, I understand everything perfectly. Before making this decision, I weighed everything – all the pros and cons. But there can be such a chance only once in my life, I could not refuse.
There can be only one task for the Russian national team at any tournament – this is not participation, but only victory. As for the assistants, now I have to provide a list of candidates for the coaching staff, on October 12, another collegiate meeting will take place, where this list must be approved. From this date, we will begin full-fledged preparation for the Games, “RIA Novosti quotes Zhamnov.
Oleg Znarok and Valery Bragin will join the team’s headquarters as consultants.
The ice hockey tournament at the 2022 Olympics will be held from 9 to 20 February in Beijing. The Russian national team will start the tournament in group B. The rivals are the Czech Republic, homepage Switzerland, Denmark.