Feb 19, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Russia goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovski (72) watches play with teammates after being pulled for a sixth skater in the third period in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals against Finland during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Russia hockey names Oleg Znarok new national team coach

The Russian men’s national hockey team had a disappointing run in their home country during the 2014 Winter Olympics, which led the team to firing Zinetula Bilyaletdinov as the team’s head coach.

Now, just three weeks later, the Russian hockey federation has hired Oleg Znarok to take over.

Znarok has been coaching HC Dynamo for the past few seasons with great success, and even coached Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin during the NHL lockout.

“After a round of negotiations, we have decided to ask Oleg Znarok to take over as the head coach of the Russian ice hockey team”, said Russian hockey federation prez Vladislav Tretyak said, via Reuters.

“We have just had a meeting with the Russian Minister for Sport, Vitaly Mutko, where it was approved that Oleg Znarok, who is experienced and has shown that he has been successful in all his previous posts, should be appointed.”

After losing in the quarterfinal round of the Sochi tournament, Znarok is going to have his work cut out for him as he tries to get the Russian national team back on the right path and working together.

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