ASG Coaches Named

24 December 2010, 11:16

The Kontinental Hockey League has named the coaches for Team Yashin and Team Jagr, which will meet on February 5, 2011, in a showing of the league's greatest talents in the All-Star Game at St. Petersburg's Ice Palace.

Team Yashin, which will include the best players from the Western Conference, will be led by the head coaches of Dynamo Moscow and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Oleg Znarok and Vladimir Vujtek. Team Jagr, formed from the biggest stars of the Eastern Conference, will take to the ice under the guidance of Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (Ak Bars) and Kari Heikkila (Metallurg Magnitogorsk).

Oleg Znarok
Head coach of Moscow Dynamo and the Latvian national team. As a professional coach, he was behind the greatest leap of progress in the history of Russian hockey, leading HC MVD to a second-place finish in the KHL following the team's 18th-place showing in the 2008-09 season.

Vladimir Vujtek
Head coach of Lokomotiv. He was the first foreign coach to lead a Russian hockey team and still is the most successful among them, having won two golds with Yaroslavl and one bronze. Coach for Team Jagr in the 2009 All-Star Game.

Zinetula Bilyaletdinov
Head coach of Ak Bars. He is a back-to-back winner of the Gagarin Cup who also previously led Ak Bars and Moscow Dynamo to one championship apiece. He is one of just two coaches in the history of Russian hockey who managed to do that with two different teams.

Kari Heikkila
Head coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Before that, he was head coach of Lokomotiv, which had two straight second-place finishes and one third-place season. Before coming to Russia, he took Finland's Karpat to a silver-medal season and then won gold with the team the following year. Coach of Team Jagr in both previous All-Star Games.

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