Ice hockey-New Russia coach guarantees to end national team shame


MOSCOW, March 28 (Reuters) – Russians will no longer feel ashamed of their national snow hockey team, new trainer Oleg Znarok said when he was unveiled at a news conference on Friday.

Znarok, 51, replaced Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, that stepped down following Russia’s poor performance at this year’s Sochi Olympics where these were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Finland.

“People won’t feel ashamed of the national team, ” the former Dynamo Moscow trainer said after signing the four-year contract.

“You can lose, however, you need to lose playing nicely – this is sport. We are fighting on every corner of the rink, ” Znarok added.

Znarok’s first game in charge is going to be against Switzerland at this year’s world championships that get underway on May 9. (Reporting by Dmitriy Rogovitskiy; editing by Toby Davis)


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MOSCOW, March 28 (Reuters) : Russians will no longer feel ashamed of their national ice hockey team, new coach Oleg Znarok said when he or she was unveiled at a news conference on Friday.

Znarok, 51, replaced Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, who stepped down following Russia’s bad performance at this year’s Sochi Olympics where they were pulled out in the quarter-finals by Finland.

“People won’t feel ashamed of the particular national team, ” the previous Dynamo Moscow coach mentioned after signing a four-year contract.

“You can lose, but you need to lose playing well : this is sport. We will be combating on every corner from the rink, ” Znarok additional.

Znarok’s initial game in charge will be against Switzerland at this year’s world championships that get underway on May 9. (Reporting by Dmitriy Rogovitskiy; editing by Toby Davis)