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Igor Larionov will head the hockey club “Torpedo”

The governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Gleb Nikitin, announced that Igor Larionov would become the new head coach of Torpedo. He won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Igor Larionov will become the new head coach of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, playing in the Kontinental Hockey League. About it in Telegram informed Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Gleb Nikitin.

“The new head coach of our hockey club Torpedo will be the world hockey legend Igor Larionov. <...> We agreed with Igor Nikolayevich to sign a contract with Torpedo,” he wrote.

According to Nikitin, in July, when the team comes out of vacation, Larionov will take up his duties. “I wish the new head coach success in his work for the benefit of Nizhny Novgorod hockey! We are looking forward to the start of the hockey season,” the governor said.

Igor Larionov will leave the Russian Ice Hockey Federation

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Igor Larionov played as a central striker. He began his club career at the Resurrection Khimik, and then played for CSKA for eight years. In the late 1980s, he left for the NHL, where he managed to play for the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. As part of the latter, he won three Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002). Larionov was one of the hockey players of the legendary Detroit “Russian Five” along with Vyacheslav Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Fedorov and Vyacheslav Kozlov.

In 2008, Larionov was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame and the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Larionov is one of several hockey players in the world (along with Fetisov, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Taves, Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry and Scott Niedermeier) who managed to win all the major hockey tournaments: the Olympics, the world championships for adults and juniors, the Canada or World Cup , Stanley Cup.

After the end of his playing career, Larionov served as director of sports operations for the St. Petersburg SKA, and then took up agency activities. Among his clients were Andrey Loktionov, Tyler Segin, Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk, Artem Sergeev and Ilya Samsonov. In June 2020, he was appointed head coach of the Russian youth team. In the 2020/21 season, Larionov twice acted as the head coach of the Russian national team at the stages of the Eurotour in Finland and Sweden.

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