Athletistic / Hockey. Torpedo head coach Igor Larionov, after the defeat in the KHL regular season match against Severstal (2:3), assessed the chances of goalkeeper Nikolai Khabibulin to play at least one match this season. The 51-year-old Russian signed a contract with Nizhni Novgorod at the end of December, valid until April 30, 2024.

“Let’s leave all this aside for now. Nikolai works hard, very hard. But now this should not be the main topic of our press conferences – that everything happens in silence. When we decide, we will announce it and you will know everything. “We will be the first to do it,” Larionov told the Torpedo press service.

On January 4, Nikolai Khabibulin was included in the Torpedo team for the first time – for the KHL match with Kunlun. During his career, he became an Olympic champion and Stanley Cup winner. It is noteworthy that Khabibulin holds the record for the most appearances in the NHL among Russian goalkeepers (799), and is also among the top 20 in the history of the North American League for this indicator.