Russia makes controversial coaching change ahead World Juniors

RUSSIA MAKES CONTROVERSIAL COACHING CHANGE AHEAD OF 2022 WORLD JUNIORS

NOV 24, 2021  (14H08)      COOPER GODIN
The Russian Hockey Federation has made their third coaching change in the last five weeks for the 2022 World Juniors. Former NHLer Igor Larionov was supposed to retain his role as head coach of the U20 team, but is now working in some capacity with the Olympic team.

Following Larionov's departure, Oleg Bratash was named head coach, and with just over one month until the World Juniors begin in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, they've made another change, and the reason is a bit controversial in Russia.

Due to language barriers, Bratash has been demoted to assistant coach, while Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Sergei Zubov has been named the new head coach.

"I am ready to work in this role at the World Junior Championship. I think that our coaching staff has enough knowledge and experience to work at such a large tournament, we have a talented team and we're preparing for the competition," Zubov said.

Oleg Bratash commented on the move, telling IIHF.com, "In order to effectively prepare for the World Junior Championship, Sergei Zubov has been declared the team's head coach. At the tournament we will speak a lot with the organizers, there will be a strict Covid-19 protocol, and Sergei speaks English as a result of his experience of living in North America. Furthermore, he has coached in the KHL. These aren't major changes."

The Russian Hockey Federation also released their preliminary roster for the tournament, and it is loaded with talent. The roster included goaltender Yaroslav Askarov (Nashville 1st rd pick 2020), forward Matvei Michkov (projected top three pick in 2023), as well as a pair of projected top ten picks in the upcoming 2022 NHL Entry Draft, Danila Yurov and Ivan Miroshnichenko. The full roster can be found here: Russia's Preliminary Roster.

Russia will kick-off their 2022 World Junior tournament on December 26th against Sweden.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
2
PANTHERS22154333
3
LIGHTNING21125428
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS19118-22
6
SABRES22811319
7
CANADIENS24616214
8
SENATORS2041519
NHL STATS
LIVE
DECEMBER 2, 2021 G A PTS
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
1 4 5
SAM REINHART
1 3 4
AARON EKBLAD
2 1 3
VICTOR HEDMAN
2 1 3
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2 1 3
RYAN HARTMAN
1 2 3
ALEX FORMENTON
2 - 2
VINNIE HINOSTROZA
2 - 2
ANTON LUNDELL
2 - 2
JASON ROBERTSON
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
21202141
CONNOR MCDAVID
21152540
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
+1
25191939
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+5
2492033
NAZEM KADRI
+1
2192131
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
+3
24111931
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
+1
2592029
TIMO MEIER
+2
19111326
STEVEN STAMKOS
+1
22111426
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
+1
2391626
AARON EKBLAD
+3
24101526
VICTOR HEDMAN
+3
2371725
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2452025
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
TROY TERRY
23151025
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
SEBASTIAN AHO
+2
23101224
KYLE CONNOR
22141024
ROBERT THOMAS
+2
2422024
MATT DUCHENE
24131124
  COMPLETE STATS