Changes had to be made and it was decided that a coaching change at the top level of the coaching staff had to be made. Valerijs Kulibaba - who was the main man since October 29th had his interim tag removed and was replaced by the 71-year-old Vladimir Krikunov.
The Russian hockey specialist moves into a more permanent role as the head coach and once the deal is signed and finalized - it’s expected that he will work in Riga until at least the end of the season.
To this point it’s unclear what the rest of the coaching staff will be with Krikunov now taking over. Kulibaba’s future is now also uncertain - the man has been the head since October 22nd when his team started off with a 0:2 loss against Severstal Cherepovets. In that time Dinamo played 12 games managing to win only two of those. The Latvian franchise is currently on six games losing streak and sits dead last in the Western Conference standings with 26 points in 32 matches.
Krikunov is set to arrive in Riga on Tuesday and begin his duties. It’s expected that he will be behind the bench for Dinamo’s Tuesday clash with Severstal side.
Previously, after a mutual agreement, the Dinamo Riga hockey club and teams head coach Sergei Zubov have ended their cooperation.
Sergei Zubov has decided to not continue his employment relationship due to personal reasons related to his family. By respecting the coach’s decision the Dinamo Riga management has terminated the contract of the Russian hockey specialist.
Dinamo Riga respected the decision made by the coach. For every one family always comes first. In sports, these things happen from time to time and all sides have to be able to react in a manner that is both adequate and operative. The KHL season resumes and the goals of the team remain the same. In near future, Dinamo Riga management will make a decision on who the new coach will be.
During the next games Valerijs Kulibaba was on the bench as the interim head coach.
Sergei Zubov was hired as the head coach of Dinamo Riga on April 12th of 2021.
Dinamo Riga hockey club and its management thanks to the 51-year-old Sergei Zubov for the time invested with the team and wishes all the best in the future both professionally and personally.
With the Dinamo Riga team, Zubov managed to earn eight victories in 20 games played, the team currently sat eight in the western conference standings.