The Sibir Novosibirsk board of trustees has confirmed that Andrei Skabelka has signed a two-year deal as head coach. Minsk-born Skabelka, 43, enjoyed a long and successful playing career on the right wing for CSKA, SKA, Dinamo Minsk, Torpedo (now Lokomotiv) Yaroslavl, Ak Bars, Lada and Salavat Yulaev, finishing with figures of 124 goals and 146 assists from 511 appearances.
He won championship bronze with Yaroslavl, captured the Best Forward in Russia award in 1997, and was twice named Best Forward in Belarus (1994 and 1997). He represented the Belarus national team at 12 World Championships and at the 1998 and 2002 Olympics.
After starting out on his coaching career at Metallurg Novokuznetsk, he was head coach of HC Gomel in the Belarusian championship from 2009 to 2013, and even enticed Stanley Cup winner Dmitry Afanasenkov to play a handful of games. Skabelka spent the current season on the coaching staff at Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod as assistant to Peteris Skudra.