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ALEX KOVALEV LOSES HIS HEAD COACHING POSITION

MAY 1, 2021  (15H21)      TIM TUCKER
Alexei Kovalev, who played 19 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994, has lost his head coaching position with KHL team Kunlun Red Star. Kovalev's contract with the team ran out on April 30th and the club has issued a release saying it would not be renewed.

Red Star is the only Chinese team operating in the KHL. It came into the league in the 2016-17 season, making the playoffs right away, but has failed to do so since. Under Kovalev's watch this season, the team had a pretty dismal record of 13 wins, 39 losses and six overtime losses.

Kovalev certainly can't take all the blame for the team's poor performance. Kunlun's highest scoring forward this season was Canadian Ethan Werek, a former 2nd round pick of the New York Rangers. He had 15 goals and 32 points in 53 games. Red Star does have some recognizable names on the roster, including Hunter Shinkaruk (a 1st round pick of the Calgary Flames), blueliner Jake Chelios (son of three-time Stanley Cup champion Chris Chelios), and Igor Larionov Jr. (son of three-time Stanley Cup champ Igor Larionov). But, none of them are offensive stars.

Kovalev joined Kunlun as an assistant coach in 2018 before taking over as bench boss. He will not be returning to that position. According to the team, assistants Vyacheslav Kozlov, Igor Ulanov and Nikolai Mishin are also leaving the team. No word on any replacements at this time.

Source: Sport24.ru
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ALEX DEBRINCAT
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DAVID PERRON
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