Athletistic / Hockey. SKA head coach Roman Rotenberg spoke about his work with the hockey players of the St. Petersburg club.

“From the outside it seems like I’m putting pressure on hockey players? This was further promoted by journalists. But that’s part of the game. Believe me, I’m probably the most patient person in terms of approaching hockey players. Sometimes they even say to me: “You love the players too much, treat them like your children. “We have to take it down and take it out.” And we believe in the guys to the end. We even have to be tougher somewhere.

Emotional moments arise. But we take a hockey player and believe in him to the end,” Rotenberg said according to Izvestia.

SKA, following the results of the regular KHL championship of the 2023/2024 season, took second place in the Western Conference, leaving the capital Dynamo ahead. In the 2024 Gagarin Cup, the Neva military team lost to Avtomobilist in the second round with a score of 1-4 in the series. Thus, the St. Petersburg team for the first time in 10 years failed to reach the semifinals of the KHL playoffs.