From IIHF News@1:266/404 to All on Mon Jun 4 09:41:59 2018
Ilya Vorobyov, who was named interim head coach of the Russian men's national team just three weeks before the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, will continue as head coach.
The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia signed a two-year deal with Ilya Vorobyov and his assistant coaches Anvar Gatiyatulin, Alexei Kudashov, Igor Nikitin and Alexei Zhamnov.
After the two years there will be an option for another two years for the coaches.
The Russians parted way from Oleg Znarok and Harijs Vitolinsh in April after four years and the gold medal win at the Olympics under Znarok.
43-year-old Vorobyov won the Kontinental Hockey League with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2016 and joined the coaching staff of the Russian men's national team as an assistant coach the same year before being promoted in April.
In Vorobyov's first Worlds, Russia finished the preliminary round in second place with a 5-0-1-1 record but lost the quarter-finals 5-4 in overtime to Canada and finished in sixth place.