Loktionov, Spartak hockey player: “I’m older, that’s why I call Kovalchuk “Ilyukha” or “Old Man”

Loktionov, Spartak hockey player: “I’m older, that’s why I call Kovalchuk “Ilyukha” or “Old Man”

Spartak forward Andrei Loktionov told that he quickly found mutual understanding with Ilya Kovalchuk who returned to big hockey.

On Sunday, 40-year-old forward Ilya Kovalchuk played his first game for Spartak in the KHL. His team defeated Kunlun Red Star (5:2) in Luzhniki, and Kovalchuk himself, who played in a trio with Andrei Loktionov and Maxim Tsyplakov, scored a goal into an empty net and spent 14 minutes 33 seconds on the ice.

— How did the match with Kunlun go?

— In principle, everything was going well for us until the start of the third period. Then we started to make mischief and quickly conceded a few goals.

— Was mutual understanding quickly found in the team with Ilya Kovalchuk?

– Yes, from the first training. We practiced on Saturday and played on Sunday. We had a few chances to score. But we could not achieve this with equal strength.

— You and Kovalchuk played online at the 2013 World Championships.

– It doesn’t matter at all. It’s already been 10 years. Everything has to be redone, from scratch.

— In the end, did you deliberately ensure that Ilya scored into an empty goal?

– He gave it to me, I gave it to him. Then he gave it back to me, I gave it back to him. That’s what happened, and he hit it well with a clumsy hand. Everything was great.

— How did you perceive Kovalchuk in the locker room?

— Yes, I just came in and said hello to everyone. A typical work moment when a new person joins the team. Young people called him “Ilya Valerievich”. I’m a little older, so “Ilyukha”, “Kovy”, “Old Man”.

But Ilya is a very authoritarian person in hockey, he gives a lot of advice. So it has improved a lot. Plus, he can score in a 5-on-4 power play. His good shot hasn’t disappeared. So we are waiting for more.

— Maybe Kovalchuk pushed the speech?

– No, that didn’t happen. “He was just encouraging,” Loktionov told .

Spartak occupies first place in the championship with 62 points in 44 matches.

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Source : MatchTV

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