About the League
Born on November 26th, 1976 in Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod).
Professional hockey player. Nizhny Novgorod junior hockey school alumnus. Played for Traktor Chelyabinsk, Lada Togliatti, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Ak Bars Kazan, Avangard Omsk, CSKA Moscow and Severstal Cherepovets. Retired in 2015. 2002 IIHF World Championship silver medalist. 2-time Russian champion with Lokomotiv (2002 and 2003). European Champions Cup winner (2005). Became the Honored Master of Sports in 2002.
Worked as an analyst at Match TV and KHL TV after retirement and was also a member of KHL Sports and Discipline Committee board. From 2019 to 2020 held the position of Regional Hockey League president.
One of the best offensive defensemen of all-time in USSR and Russian championships. Married, has a son and a daughter.
Member of Hockey Legends club. Education. 1. Moscow State University of Service. Majored in Economy, Finance and Credit. 2. St. Petersburg Lesgaft State University. Majored in Theory and Practice of Developing Hockey Players of High Qualification and Coaching. 3. St. Petersburg Lesgaft State University. Majored in Management (Master’s)
Born: February 9th, 1957
Graduated State Central Order of Lenin Institute of Physical Education. Master of sports in international hockey. World Juniors and European Juniors champion. European Cup champion. Bronze medalist of the USSR championship.
On November 6, 2013 Russian Federation Minister of Sports, Vitaly Mutko, acknowledged Yakovlev’s significant contribution to development of physical education and sports in Russia.
On September 10, 2016 president of the Russian Federation acknowledged Yakovlev’s contribution to development of physical culture and sports and a great contribution to development of Russian hockey. (Order of President of the Russian Federation from 10/9/2016 number 276-rp "On Promotion")
Born: March 22nd, 1967
Graduated State Central Order of Lenin Institute of Physical Education and Sports, majoring in Hockey Coaching.
Additional Education (post-baccalaureate): in 2011, mastered educational program "International Business and Business Administration in the sports industry", studying at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) MFA Russia, Master of Business Administration in the sports industry - Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Dynamo Moscow junior hockey school alumnus. Multiple-time champion and winner of the Moscow Championship in hockey. Silver medalist of Belarus Championship in 1986 as a member of Khimik Novopolotsk, champion of USSR Student Championship as a member of Team GTSOLIFK (Severodonetsk, 1989). Since 1989, he played for HC Khimik (later renamed to Titan Klin) for 11 seasons. As a member of this club he won Moscow Region Cup and Russian Class B Zone Center championship title.
Officiating hockey games since 1988. Since 1998 Zakharov has been licenced as IIHF referee and Russian Super League head referee. As a referee Zakharov worked at the following international tournaments: 2000 World Juniors, 2001 IIHF U18 World Championship Division B , 2002 IIHF U18 World Championship, 2002 Continental Cup, 2003 IIHF World Championship, 2004 IIHF U18 World Championship (bronze medal game), 2005 Romanian Championship final series, 2005 IIHF World Championship Division 1 (Pool A), 2006 IIHF U18 World Championship Division B, 2006 Romanian Championship final series, 2007 U18 IIHF World Championship, Priz Izvestiy, Baltica Cup, First Channel Cup, Karjala Cup, Pojstovna Cup and Swedish Games.
Zakharov officiated in all Russian Super League Playoffs between 1999 and 2006. Officiated Russian Super League Finals in 2002 and 2006. Since 2008 Zakharov has worked at 8 Russian Championships and Gagarin Cup Playoffs and officiated 5 Gagarin Cup Finals games. Officiated KHL All-Star Game twice, was named among Top-10 referees of the year six times. Officiated over 700 hockey games on the highest level.