- © RIA Novosti. Mikhail Fomichev
© RIA Novosti. Mikhail Fomichev
MOSCOW, April 24 (R-Sport) - Former NHL star Alexei Kasatonov has been appointed general manager of the Russian national hockey team for next year's Sochi Olympics, the Russian Hockey Federation announced Wednesday.
Kasatonov held the same post at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano when the Russian team took silver after a 1-0 defeat to the Czechs in the final.
“Today, the Russian Hockey Federation management agreed with the national team coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov on the appointment of the general manager for 2014 Sochi Olympic Games,” the website statement said.
“An outstanding defenseman, two-time Olympic champion and multiple world champion Alexei Kasatonov took the post.”
As a player, Kasatonov won the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, adding five world gold medals and eight European championships.
He played seven seasons in the NHL, mostly for the New Jersey Devils, and was an All-Star in 1994. He is now vice-president of Russian KHL team SKA St. Petersburg.
The first Winter Games in Russia will take place on February 8–23 in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.