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Domestic football was in the hands Tretiak

April 25 2006

The Russian hockey has occurred a long-awaited change in leadership. Today, delegates to the conference the Russian Hockey Federation (RHF) was elected president of the greatest national goalkeeper, chairman of the Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sports of Vladislav Tretiak.

Talks about the need to change the management of domestic hockey were a long time. After each new collapse at the World Championships or Olympic Games were heard angry voices of fans and experts, what is more impossible to tolerate. And if at first it was a question that is not working properly or that coach, then later became apparent - from the rearrangement of mentors result does not change. Hence, the need to change the entire system, which became a symbol of leadership PCR and personally its former head Alexander Steblin.

During the eight years that the Russian hockey led Steblin, our clubs have become almost unequivocally the best in Europe, and the outflow of hockey in the NHL has become less massive than in the early 1990's. However, the results of the team is not affected. Silver and bronze at the Olympics in 1998 and 2002. As well as second place in the world championship in 2002 and the third - in 2005. - That's all. At the same time in 1994-2001. Russians eight years could not climb the podium FIFA World Cup. Say that in Soviet times, such would be considered a complete failure - to say nothing.

If it were only in the collapse of agriculture under the title "Russian national hockey team" - is so bad. But here, everything else, Steblin not just hit the scandals, the latest of which was the final of the European Champions Cup in January 2006, when he "potsapalsya" with the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel and well-known journalist Vsevolod Kukushkin. Included in the manual FHR Senator Margelov and State Duma Deputy Pavel Krasheninnikov, demanded the resignation of disgraced Steblina, and soon the chief Russian hockey player had lost the post of president of the Professional Hockey League (PHL).

President of the FHR was a clear signal, and an hour X "was to be the Olympics in Turin. Ray of hope for Steblina dawned after we beat the Canadians. However, later followed by a complete failure in the games against Finland and the Czech Republic and the Russian team was left with no awards. Here the need for radical change began to talk just about anything, and most loudly voices Tretiak and head of Rossport Vyacheslav Fetisov - the people who during his career won everything that is possible. And although they rarely give the name "Steblin, everyone knew who they are. As a result, the head of PCR was doge, and in late March, he resigned.

Steblin barely left his post, there was talk about who will serve as a "Mutko from hockey." The main contenders for the post of head of PCR were considered Tretiak and Krasheninnikov, but on April 15, when accepting applications from candidates ended their desire to be advanced to the post of president of the federation, said only Tretiak. Intrigue died finally, and it became clear that it is now the main domestic hockey player becomes truly the most famous of them.

Inheritance Vladislav Alexandrovich got the unenviable - poor children's hockey and meager wages of children's coaches, the lack of agreement with the NHL's Compensation for the departure of the players, the reluctance of many overseas stars to play for hockey and more. All this had poured into "strange" refereeing and the constant scandals in the camp of the team and as a consequence, the failures at major tournaments.

dnako just after the appointment of Tretiak was added optimism among the fans - once a man managed to pull out completely dead puck, then why not raise all the hockey industry as a whole? From the famous goalkeeper otmahneshsya not so easy as the usual, albeit prominent, functionary. Yes, and in the international arena authority national hockey increase many times, and we have a chance to stop being a perpetual scapegoats.

In addition, NHL Tretiak knows perfectly well, so that we can hope for is that the world championship and Olympic Games, we will again see our team in the first step of the podium. And let it be not occur as frequently as in Soviet times, but at least it will interfere with our primarily objective circumstances.


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