We present a summary of the main events in the world of hockey for June 15, 2023.
Mike Babcock’s son becomes St. Louis coach
The St. Louis Blues hired renowned hockey specialist Mike Babcock’s son, Michael, as a skills coach, AP reports. Additionally, the Missouri club invited former Buffalo Sabers and Washington Capitals guard Mike Weber to the position of assistant head coach Craig Berube. Berube was looking to replace assistants Craig McTavish and Mike Van Ryn, who were fired after St. Louis missed the playoffs.
Michael Babcock, 28, finished his final NHL season with the Ottawa Senators, where he helped the coaching staff develop game plans, pre-scouting and ice skills development. Before that, he worked as his father’s assistant on the University of Saskatchewan men’s hockey team for two years.
Mike Babcock himself could soon be invited to work for the Columbus Blue Jackets as head coach. To hire him, the club will have to wait until the end of June, since the specialist is still under contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Although Babcock was fired as head coach of the Canadian team in 2019, she still owes him a six-figure fee.
Amur record holder Dmitry Tarasov dies at 45
HC Amur published a message on its official website that the former striker of the Khabarovsk club Dmitry Tarasov died yesterday, June 14.
“Yesterday in Khabarovsk, a student of Khabarovsk Amur, the club’s leader in the national championships in terms of the number of matches played and the champion of Russia in Salavat Yulaev, Dmitry Tarasov, died suddenly. He was 44 years old.
The team of the hockey club “Amur” and the Khabarovsk fans express their sincere condolences to Dmitry’s family and friends.
We will always remember him, ”reports the official website of HC Amur.
Tarasov is a native of Khabarovsk. Dmitry spent two periods of his career on Amur: from 1997 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2016, where he ended his professional career.
Sudden death. Russian champion Dmitry Tarasov died at the age of 44
The KHL reacted to the possible departure of Artem Duda, who has a contract with CSKA, abroad
The KHL press service reacted to the conclusion of the contract of CSKA defender Artyom Duda with the American student club. Recall that yesterday the official website of the University of Maine team reported that the 19-year-old Russian defender signed an agreement with the club. Note that the hockey player made such a decision, having a valid one-year contract with the army club.
“Artyom Duda signed a letter of intent, according to the website of the university’s sports department. At the moment, Artyom has a contract with CSKA, valid until April 30, 2024. There is no information about the termination of the contract from CSKA, ”the Championship was told in the KHL press service.
Ak Bars announced the conclusion of a one-year contract with Zinetula Bilyaletdinov
Details of Zinetula Bilyaletdinov’s new contract with Ak Bars have become known. According to the press service of the Kazan club, the contract with the specialist is calculated until the end of the 2023/2024 season.
The specialist returned to work with the Kazan club at the end of December 2022 and helped transform the team. Ak Bars, after the return of Bilyaletdinov, suffered only three defeats in regulation time in 25 games and won the Eastern Conference. Kazan reached the final of the Gagarin Cup, where they lost to CSKA.
Bilyaletdinov is a three-time winner of the Gagarin Cup with Ak Bars (2009, 2010, 2018). Five times champion of Russia as a coach. Specialist – Olympic champion in 1984, six-time world champion and eight-time European champion as part of the USSR national ice hockey team. Earlier, the head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov thanked Ak Bars and personally Zinetula Bilyaletdinov for the silver medals of the Gagarin Cup.
Russian goalkeeper “Nashville” Askarov became a client of agent Dan Milstein
Yaroslav Askarov, the goaltender for the Nashville Predators club system of the National Hockey League, has become a client of agent Dan Milstein, who handles the affairs of many Russian NHL hockey players. This was reported by journalist Pierre Lebrun on Twitter.
The 20-year-old Askarov was selected 11th overall by Nashville in the 2020 draft. In the last NHL regular season, the Russian played in one game. In the AHL for the Milwaukee Admirals, the goalie played 48 games in the regular season, conceding an average of 2.69 goals and saving 91.1% of the shots. In the playoffs, Askarov played 12 games, conceding an average of 2.70 goals and reflecting 90.3% of the shots.
Askarov is the silver medalist of the 2019 World Junior Championships and the 2020 World Junior Championships.
New Jersey Blues forward Jesper Bratt will sign a long-term contract with the club.
New Jersey Devils forward Jesper Bratt will sign a new eight-year deal with the team, which will receive €58 million over the entire contract period, journalist Elliott Friedman reports on Twitter.
The 24-year-old Bratt was selected in the sixth round of the 162nd overall draft by his current club in 2016. The Swedish forward has been playing in the NHL since 2017, having played 307 games in the league and scored 203 (70 + 133 ) points with a utility indicator of -26. In 2016, Bratt, along with the Swedish national team, won silver medals at the World Junior Championships.