Igor Larionov is the new coach of the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo.
According to the club’s official website, the specialist will start his duties in July. The last manager of Torpedo was David Nemirovsky.
The Nizhny Novgorod club leadership explained why they picked a new mentor.
“Considering the candidates for the coaching position, it’s important to maintain our team’s attacking style of play, which all of our fans enjoy,” said Nizhny Novgorod General Manager Maxim Gafurov. “Furthermore, in accordance with our current strategy, given the realities and successes of our juniors, developing their youth is one of our priorities. In this regard, Igor Larionov’s concept is fully satisfying to us.”
Larionov is a great player – he has the experience and knows everything about hockey.
Larionov’s coaching staff included former Russian national team goalie, Olympic champion, and Stanley Cup winner Nikolai Khabibulin; Olympic winner and world champion Mikhail Vasiliev; St. Louis Blues goaltender Andrei Konstantinovich Khmylev, who claimed a gold medal at the World Championship in 2018; and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Alexeievich Kuznetsov, who had never played on the NHL roster but went on to be one of Larionov’s brighter pupils.
Larionov is one of three hockey players in the world who have managed to conquer the following titles: the Olympics, adult world championships, youth world championships, World Cup of Canada, and the Stanley Cup.
Larionov spent years working as the director of sports operations for a top ice hockey team in Russia (HK SKA), and then he moved on to become head coach of Russia’s youth, Olympic, and national teams.