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MOSCOW, April 15 (R-Sport) - Former NHL star Dmitry Yushkevich will take the head coach role at KHL team Yugra Khanty-Mansiisk next season, the Siberian club told R-Sport on Tuesday.
Yushkevich, 42, takes up his first lone head coach job after working with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and the Russian national team in Sochi in February.
The general director at Yugra, Andrei Belmach, confirmed the appointment and added the deal would run for three years.
Yushkevich played 786 games as a defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers in the early 1990s, when he also won Olympic gold with the unified team at the 1992 Albertville Games.
His new team Yugra is based in the oil city of Khanty-Mansiisk in Western Siberia. Founded in 2006, the team's best KHL performance is back-to-back quarterfinals in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 playoffs.
An 11th-placed finish in the Eastern Conference this season has left Yugra without postseason hockey for a second-straight year.