Head coach Bob Hartley is very happy with his second season behind the bench of the Avangard Omsk in the continental hockey League (KHL), which mainly has been marked by injuries.
Hartley, who won the Stanley cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, has managed to guide his club to a yield of 83 points, the same yield as in the previous campaign.
“To sum up our season, there is only one word: personal injury, threw Hartley into the game in an interview with the official website of the KHL released on Tuesday. From the beginning of training camp until the end of the season, we’ve had five serious injuries that need operations.”
Among the lame figure of former Montreal canadiens ‘ Alexei Emelin, who has been limited to 16 parties in 2019-2020. Cody Franson, who has already played for the Toronto Maple Leafs also passed by the infirmary, just as Denis Zernov, Artyom Manukyan, Maxim Chudinov.
Mikheyev, the best player
In addition, many changes have marked the off-season in 2019. He notably lost the services of Ilya Mikheyev, who joined the Maple Leafs in the national hockey League. A loss that has hurt the team.
“We lost several key elements in our training, including Mikheyev. He was the best player in the KHL – for me, it was the player with the most complete with his attack, his speed and his understanding of the game.”
“By combining loss of Mikheyev and injuries, we have still experienced a season very successful.”
The situation is however complicated in the playoffs. Having folded the spine in the final cup Gagarin in 2019 in the face of the CSKA of Moscow, Avangard has this time suffered elimination in the first round.
“We are obviously disappointed to have lost in the first round, but I can commend our players because I know they have worked hard. But once again, in professional sport, all teams are fighting for the same goal. In the KHL, this is the cup Gagarin.”
Many of the alumni of the CH
Hartley can rely on several veterans of the NHL for the help to get to the top honors, and several have already worn the colours of the Tricolour. In addition to Emelin, Sven Andrighetto and Nikita Scherbak have also played under his orders this year. These names are in addition also by David Desharnais and Alexander Perezhogin, who left the team at the end of the season 2018-2019.
The most recent campaign, however, didn’t go as planned for the elders of the CH. Scherbak arrived at training camp without being at the top of his form and he played just 16 games with the team.
“Sherbak had a early season difficult because it was not as in shape as we would have liked, confessed to Hartley. For Andrighetto, who came to Russia for the first time, he had to make adjustments.”