Former Montreal Canadians forward Ilya Kovalchuk will be the general manager of the Russian Olympic Committee men’s hockey team competing in the Beijing Olympics.
This was indicated on Monday by various sources, including the site The Athletic, quoting the Russian company. She confirmed that Alexei Jamnov will be the head coach of the team, with Sergei Fedorov, Sergei Goncher and Alexei Kudashov taking over as deputy coaches. For his part, former San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning Colorsman Evgeni Nabokov will be responsible for the marbles.
Kovalchuk has no managerial experience in professional hockey. With a total of 926 NHL regular-season games, he played with Omsk Avangard last season, playing in 40 games, including 24 in the Continental League playoffs. He also helped pilot Bob Hartley’s team win the Gagarin Cup.
Forwards Alexander Ovechkin and Nikita Kucherov, along with goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky, were the first three players selected by the Russian team for the Games.