Avtomobilist head coach explained why Cormier became team captain

Head Coach “Motorist” Nikolai Zavarukhin after the match with St. Petersburg S.K.A. noted the fighting qualities of the new team captain Patrice Cormier .

The leader of the Western Conference of the Fonbet Championship of the KHL Championship, SKA Saint-Petersburg, on his ice beat the first team of the East Avtomobilist with the score of 3:1.

— Our captain Sergey Shirokov is injured. During his absence, they decided during the meeting to name Patrice Cormier captain. He is a fighter, helps the team, shows fighting qualities on the ice.

I wish Neuchev’s progress would accelerate. I hope that with the good work, he will become a good player of a good level. I like working with young people, they give off a different energy. It’s great to have such a player in our team. I hope he understands that he needs to work harder to grow and earn a spot, not just be a limiter.

When we called Bobkov, we said he needed a restart. It was not clear if there would be Legionnaires. Three goalies is good, but a lot of headaches. We are in dialogue with the goalkeeper coaches and understand who to put when. We give all three chances to play, closer to the playoffs, we will determine who will start,” Zavarukhin told reporters.

In 19 games of the season, Canadian Patrick Cormier scored 5 points (3+2). Viktor Neuchev, 18, has the same number (2 + 3).

SKA earned its 18th win in 20 games of the season and with 37 points continues to confidently lead the Western Conference table, ahead of second-placed Dynamo by 8 points.

“Avtomobilist” after the defeat in St. Petersburg lost the first position in the East, skipping “Metallurg”.

Source : MatchTV

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