On Friday, the head of Russian hockey, Vladislav Tretyak, stated that Znarok, who led the team from 2014 to 2018 and won gold medals at the World Championships seven years ago and at the Olympic Games in Pyongyang, will return to the national team. In the end, Znarok will act as a consultant in the national team, as will the current coach Valery Bragin.
“The board had several candidates, including Zhamnov and Znarok. After a long debate, most board members supported Zhamnov’s candidacy. Alexei has many years of national team experience, participated in the Olympic victory in Korea and fully understands the specifics of working with NHL stars,” said the board member. Valeriy Kamensky. Russian hockey players will be one of the Czech team’s rivals in the group in Beijing.
Fifty-year-old Zhamnov as a player won Olympic gold in Albertville in 1992, silver in Nagano in 1998 and bronze in Salt Lake City in 2002. In the NHL, the former striker played over 800 games for Winnipeg, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. After finishing his playing career, he worked as a general manager at the KHL in Vitaz, Atlanta Mytishchi and Spartak Moscow. He worked in the national team as an assistant coach or general manager.