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New leaders at CSKA, new junior league for next year

18.05.2009
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Russian U20 national team coach Sergei Nemchinov will also be behind CSKA Moscow’s bench. Photo.

MOSCOW – CSKA Moscow, the most successful club in Russian and European club history, replaced its president and head coach.

Former Minister of Sports and legend Vyacheslav Fetisov is the new president of the hockey section of CSKA Moscow, replacing coaching legend Viktor Tikhonov.

After Russian national team coach Vyacheslav Bykov left for Salavat Yulayev Ufa, CSKA Moscow named Sergei Nemchinov its new head coach and general manager.

Nemchinov, a former NHL forward, also played for CSKA and the Soviet national team. The 45-year-old has been the head coach of the Russian U20 national team since 2007.

KHL awards given

The league held its KHL Night on May 15, giving out its season-end awards.

MVP (golden stick): Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan)
Playoff MVP: Alexey Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan)
Best goalkeeper: Georgi Gelashvili (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
All-Star Team (golden helmets): Georgi Gelashvili (Lokomotiv); Kevin Dallman (Barys Astana), Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars); Danis Zaripov, Alexei Morozov (both Ak Bars), Alexei Tereschenko (Salavat)
Top scorer: Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant Mytishchi)
Top goal scorer: Jan Marek (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Top scoring defenceman: Kevin Dallman (Barys Astana)
Top scoring trio: Danis Zaripov, Tony Mårtensson, Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan)
Gentlemen players: Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant Mytishchi), Andrei Pervyshyn (Ak Bars Kazan)
Ironman award (most games in 3 years): Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan)
Second award (fastest and latest goal): Alexei Kalyuzhny (Dynamo Moscow, 0:08) and Igor Emeleyev (Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, 68:43)
Best rookie: Ilya Proskuryakov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Best veteran: Oleg Petrov (Ak Bars Kazan)
Best coach: Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (Ak Bars Kazan)
Best GM: Yuri Yakovlev (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
Best referee: Vyacheslav Bulanov
Loudest fans: Dinamo Riga

KHL participants unclear

The number of teams in the league and the schedule are still not yet known. While it seems unlikely that a foreign team will join the KHL, the league added Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. However, it is unclear if it will become the 25th team or if it will replace Khimik Voskresensk, a team with financial troubles.

Avtomobilist joined the KHL one year ago, but had to leave due to a lack of funds and was replaced by Khimik. Czech U20 national team coach Marek Sykora is the new head coach. Sykora previously coached Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Avangard Omsk and Spartak Moscow.

Avtomobilist was second behind HK Dmitrov in the regular season in the second-tier Vysshaya Liga but lost in the quarterfinals to Krylya Sovetov Moscow.

While the league composition is still unclear, teams are busy signing new players. Belarusian Andrei Mezin, the best goalkeeper in the 2009 World Championship, left Metallurg Magnitogorsk and signed with Dynamo Minsk.

KHL launches junior league

The KHL has launched a junior league, the MHL, for players aged 17-21. The regular season will begin on September 4. The league will involve all Russian KHL clubs except Far-East team Amur Khabarovsk. The foreign clubs will not participate.

Vladimir Yurzinov was elected as the senior chairman of the league. He, together with Russian U20 national team coach, Sergei Nemchinov, will form the sport part of the strategy plan of the league. Dmitri Yefimov was named executive director.

MARTIN MERK

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