- © RIA Novosti. Alexei Filippov
© RIA Novosti. Alexei Filippov
MOSCOW, November 25 (R-Sport) - SKA St. Petersburg fired coach Milos Riha, despite the team lying in first place in the KHL's Western Conference.
“Considering the team’s goals, the board of directors decided to release Milos Riha from the post of head coach,” the statement said.
A member of the SKA coaching staff, Mikhail Kravets, will be acting head coach, the team said.
Riha, 53, has coached teams to one Czech and two Slovak league titles, and joined SKA after taking Atlant Moscow Region to the 2011 Gagarin Cup final, knocking out the St. Petersburg team in the playoffs.
SKA reached the KHL Western Conference final last season before a 4-0 series thrashing at the hands of eventual Gagarin Cup champion Dynamo Moscow.
SKA’s roster includes lockout signings Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils, Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets.