«We will wait for the Olympic Games in Sochi to avenge on Canada»
¹ 3-4 (2010)
Vladislav Aleksandrovich, it was difficult to expect a victory from our team in a match with Canadians, enraged by sensible defeats in two last World championships, however the course of a match appeared to be a shock. What has happened to our guys? Why did we allow to break us down in a match with the equal contender?
I can not answer this question, neither anybody from experts can. Nobody expected such result. Hockey players were upset very much, after all they wished to win against Canada and came to the match with sparkling eyes. Well, and the Canadian national team has simply surpassed itself. I talked to many experts after a match, and all have noted absolutely improbable speed of Canadians. We have a strong team and good players, but that day, in that match we could not show all the best we are capable of.
Whether it is possible to speak about any personal responsibility for this pitiable result on the Olympic Games? Were there system errors in course of preparation, or this was just an unsuccessful coincidence of circumstances in your opinion?
Yes, we can say
In general, the public is inclined to blame officials for failures of the Russian sportsmen. Do you as the, head of domestic hockey see the misses in your work, which had affected the result?
The most eminent experts from Majorova to Fetisova recognise that we gathered all the best sportsmen in our national team. Trainers did not say a bad word about the conditions created by federation. And now the wave has risen: «Let's remove Tretyaka!» For what? For the
As a direct employer of the head coach of a Russian national team Vyacheslav Bykov, what can you tell about its work during the Games? Does contract prolongation tell about the credit of trust?
Certainly. What resignation? We have won last two World championships. There is a result. We have gathered the best team. Perhaps there
Whether some organizational conclusions will be made about children's and youth's hockey? Earlier we simply sank in comparison to young North American men, now they simply smash us the class of teams of younger age is
Now in Russia children's hockey is on the wave. In many respects thanks to our victories in world championships of the last two years we have recollected how tastes a champion's title. It is how to explain the considerable number of kids, whom parents send in hockey sections. But all of them are different, with different physical and family possibilities. Anyhow, from fifty persons, who have come to sports school, only a few will connect their further life with sports.
What result can we count on in four years in Sochi?
We have a young team, and we will keep its backbone for the Games -2014. Our main stars Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk will be in their prime form, and, believe me, they will not forget Vancouver and will consider its lessons.
When we have lost the Olympic
Russian national team hockey awards on the international tournaments:
the world champion in 1993, 2008 and 2009;
the winner of Eurohockeytour in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009;
the winner of the Cup of Germany in 1992 and 1993.
Performance of a Russian national hockey team on the winter Olympic Games:
1994 4th place
1998 2nd place
2002 3rd place
2006 4th place
2010 6th place
Vladislav Tretyak was born on April, 25th, 1952. From 1968 to 1984 he played for CSKA team, from 1969 to 1984 played for a Soviet Union national team. In the championship of the USSR he played 482 matches, in the World championships and Olympic Games 117, in tournaments of the Cup of Canada 11. Since December, 2003 the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Since 2006 the president of hockey Federation of Russia. Colonel in the reserve of the armed forces of Russian Federation. The triple Olympic champion,
Author: Sergey Semyonov