Severatal consultant coach Nikolai Solovyov has been appointed as the new head coach, replacing Igor Petrov. It is the 62-year-old specialist’s second stint in charge of the Cherepovets men, having led them back in the 1997-98 season, and his coaching career has included spells with Neftekhimik, Kristall, Spartak, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, SKA, HC MVD and Ugra, before returning to Severstal as aconsultant in January of this year. Igor Petrov will remain on the club’s coaching staff.

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