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Prior to the start of Parimatch Junior Hockey League 13th season several teams made coaching changes. We present you new head-coaches of the Western Conference.
Mikhailov Academy Tula Region
New head-coach – Igor Gavrilov.
Mikhailov Academy enters the franchise’s second season with a new head-coach who has a profound experience working with junior teams. His coaching career began in the 2008-09 season in Russia’s third-tier league as Igor Gavrilov worked with HC Bryansk and HC Zelenograd. In Junior Hockey League Championship the coach has worked with the very same HC Zelenograd before moving to the main league to work with HC Kapitan Stupino.
In 2014 Gavrilov moved to China and worked at Harbin for two seasons. The last few years Gavrilov spent in Vladivostok. He was a member of Taifun Primorie Region for four seasons and also managed to work in Kazakhastan championship with HC Temirtau.
New head-coach - Andrei Shefer.
Andrei Shefer was a defenseman back in his playing days. He competed for SKA St. Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. He spent most of his career with Severstal. He captained the team in his last three years. In the 2017-18 season Andrei Shefer worked with Cherepovets junior teams. In the past two seasons he was one of Yaroslav Lyuzenkov’s assistant coaches on JHC Dynamo Moscow, who are reigning Kharlamov Cup champions.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk
New head-coach – Anatoly Stepanov.
Back in his playing days Anatoly Stepanov was a forward and has won VHL championship title three times. He also won VHL silver medals twice and bronze once. He spent most of his career competing for teams from Russia’s second and third tier hockey leagues. Stepanov also played in Belarus championship and Kazakhstan championship. In VHL he has played for Zvezda-VDV Dmitrov, Buran Voronezh and Sokol Krasnoyarsk. However, he found his greatest success at Toros Neftekamsk, which he captained for two seasons.
Anatoly Stepanov retired in 2018 in Krasnoyarsk. In the 2018-19 season he made his coaching debut as member of Sokol coaching staff. After spending the season as one of assistant coaches, Stepanov landed the head-coach job at Lada Togliatti the following year. In the 2020-21 season he was named the head-coach of Krasnoyarskie Rysi Krasnoyarsk and led the team the same year to a championship title in VHL-B.
Krylia Sovetov Moscow
New head-coach – Alexander Stepanov.
Dynamo Moscow junior hockey school alumnus Alexander Stepanov has enjoyed a decorated career as a right wing forward. He competed for Dynamo Moscow in Russian Superleague and KHL, as well as for Ak Bars Kazan, Severstal Cherepovets, Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Vityaz Moscow Region. In 2000 and 2005 Stepanov won Russian Superleague championship title with Dynamo Moscow and in 2006 as a member of Ak Bars Kazan. Stepanov is a 2-time Gagarin Cup champion with Ak Bars as well as winner of European Champions Cup and Continental Cup.
He retired in 2017 as a member of Vityaz Moscow Region. The very following season he became a member of JHC Dynamo Moscow. Prior to landing the head-coaching job with Krylia Sovetov Moscow Stepanov worked with Vladimir Krikunov at Dynamo Moscow in Kontinental Hockey League.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg
New head-coach – Sergei Yarovoy.
The 50-year-old coach is a product of Angarsk junior hockey school who spent almost his entire career for his hometown team Yermak Angarsk. The team competed in Russia’s and Soviet Union’s second and third tier leagues at the time. Aside from Yermak Angarsk Yarovoy competed for Motor Barnaul, SKA Khabarovsk and also played two games for Avangard Omsk in the 1988-89 season. The team played in USSR Division II at the time.
He began his coaching career on Yermak and later on moved to St. Petersburg. He was the head-coach of SKA-Serebryanye Lvy for four seasons (in the 2014-15 season he was one of the assistant coaches). In the past few seasons Yarovoy worked in Dynamo St. Petersburg system with players born in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
JHC Spartak Moscow
New head-coach – Alexander Filippov.
Back in his playing days Alexander Filippov was a center forward. He spent most of his career in Kazakhstan. He competed for Avtomobilist Karaganda and Stroitel Karaganda, Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhmys Karaganda, Barys Astana and Irtysh Pavlodar. As a member of Kazakhmys Karaganda he won a Kazakhstan championship title. In Russia Filippov spent eight seasons with Amur Khabarovsk and played 12 games for Team Kazakhstan internationally.
In the past five seasons he has been a member of JHC Spartak Moscow as one of Vladimir Tyurikov’s assistants. The upcoming season will be the debut one for Alexander Filippov as a head-coach.
Sakhalinskie Akuly Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
New head-coach – Dmitry Kramarenko.
2-time U18 Russian championship silver medalist as a member of Yunost-79 Karaganda and Lada-79 Togliatti. As a player Dmitry Kramarenko played in Russian and Kazakhstan championships from 1994 to 2009. He competed for Lada-2 Togliatti, Yunost Karaganda, Yenbek Almaty, Irtysh Pavlodar, Kazakhmys Karaganda, Barys Astana, Saryarka Karaganda and HC Kapitan Stupino. He has won a Kazakhstan championship title and Kazakhstan Cup as member of Barys Astana.
Dmitry Kramarenko began his coaching career in Kazakhstan in 2009. As a head-coach he has worked in Kazakhstan Republic Open Championship with the following teams – Saryarka Karaganda, Arystan Temirtau, Kulager Petropavlovsk and HC Temirtau Karaganda. Since 2018 Kramarenko continued his work in Russia. He has worked with the following VHL teams – Molot-Prikamie Perm, Yermak Angarsk, HC Ryazan and HC Tambov.
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg
New head-coach – Dmitry Vershinin.
As a player Dmitry Vershinin has competed for Stroitel Temirtau and Bular Temirtau in Kazakhstan, as well as for Kristall Elektrostal, CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Kristall Saratov, HC Lipetsk, Khimik Voskresensk, Vityaz Podolsk, Gazovik Tyumen and HC Dmitrov in Russia. In his last two seasons he played for HC Kapitan Stupino and HC Vladimir. Dmitry Vershinin retired in 2010.
He made his coaching debut in Junior Hockey League Championship as a member of Kristall Elektrostal coaching staff. After that he worked in VHL with the Dizel Penza and Khimik Voskresensk, where he got behind the bench in the 2017-18 season. He was also a member of Krasnaya Armiya Moscow and spent last season in St. Petersburg. Dmitry Vershinin was the head-coach of SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg and also assistant coach of SKA-1946 St. Petersburg.