The goaltender moved from his home city of Tolyatti to Yaroslavl in the offseason.
Maxim Mayorov is the son of Russian netminder Vasily Koshechkin, two-time Gagarin Cup champion, World and Olympic champion. Just like his father, Maxim embarked on a career in Tolyatti and decided to be a goalie. In the 2021/2022 season, the player made his JHL debut against Mamonty Ugry. In total, Mayorov played 45 games with 93.1% save percentage, 2.16 goals against average and three shutouts. In January, he was recognized as the best goaltender of the Eastern conference.
During the offseason, the hockey player joined Lokomotiv Yaroslavl system, played for the Russian national team at the Black Sea Cup and participated in the 3-on-3 tournament. In an interview with the JHL website, Maxim Mayorov talks about the pieces of advice his father gives him, his style of play and what he watches in the offseason.
– Was it your decision to start playing hockey or did your parents somehow affect?
– Both. I wanted to be signed up for hockey and my dad also influenced that decision. I started training in Tolyatti at the age of four. My dad didn’t want me to be a goalie. He knew how hard it was. But I really liked it, so I decided to be a netminder.
– Did you play other sports?
– I played handball from the age of seven to eleven, and I was a goalkeeper. This sport is good for developing physical abilities and endurance. But I had to quit, because I started having serious workloads at the hockey section. I always wanted to be like my father, that was why I chose hockey. I also played billiards. I got it from my mom, she is a candidate master of sports. I still love to play it.
– Do you manage to defeat your mom?
– Only if she loses on purpose (laughs).
– What was the best advice your dad ever gave you?
–Not to look at anyone, but to think for myself – this was the most important thing he told me. When your father is a hockey player, it is a big plus. My dad has a lot of experience, he tips me off about everything, so I don’t listen to surrounding people. I’d love to play against him one day – we might be able to do it in Yaroslavl.
– How did you manage to balance hockey with school when you were a child?
– I studied at a regular school, but they let me go to competitions. I submitted special letters saying that I was an athlete and I needed to leave. I was an average student: I had grades A, B, C, sometimes D. I used to do my homework every day after training until grade seven, and then I started to do it during recesses.
– How can you evaluate your first JHL season?
– As for the first year in the League - it was good. I felt fine - physically and mentally. After about two games, I got used to JHL. I felt excited before each game, even at the end of the season. But there was no such thought that I would allow a goal and get kicked out. I knew that I was trusted, so I tried to justify that trust.
– You had seven wins during the four months since the start of the season, and you had eight wins in January. Why did it happen?
– I think I got into the game. I would not say that January was a special month. You should always work and listen to the coach, regardless of the result. Even when you win, you have to analyze your mistakes and goals allowed.
– You joined Lokomotiv system. How hard is it to move from your home club?
– I am still in Togliatti, so I have not experienced it yet. Leaving home, parents and friends will be hard. But you have to sacrifice something for the good of sports career
– You played for the national team at the Black Sea Cup. What are your emotions from being called up?
– We had a good team. Many guys had already played together, there were some upleasant moments for me as a goalie – an opponent breaking in on me, for example. But the coach said that I played well as for the first game. I am also satisfied, I would give myself a grade B for the tournament.
– There is a perception that goaltenders are weird. Do you agree with it?
– Yes, we are different. After a loss, almost all skaters won’t mind being interviewed, and I will never agree to talk. Losing is always tough, first you need to get over it, analyze mistakes. I prefer being left alone after a loss. I also have a special pre-game ritual: I skate from the center of the ice towards the net, run my catcher over the crossbar, tap the left post three times, tap the right post three times - that's it, I am ready.
– What do you think about media attention at other times?
– I am ready to talk on non-game days, the most important thing is to arrange everything in advance, because I might be sleeping (laughs). It is always interesting to learn more about some hockey player and his life. Maybe someone is interested in me as a player. By the way, one of my dad’s pieces of advice was to give interviews. The reason why he doesn't do it himself remains unknown even to me.
– How do you feel about the fact that you will always be compared to your father?
– Wherever I go, I am always associated with him, there is no way around it. I am OK with that.
– What are the similarities between you and your father?
– We have a similar style: technique, movements. I am the same "slow ship" as my father. The main similarity between us in everyday life is our goal commitment. If we want something, we will achieve it, no matter what it takes. But we have different views, for example, on social media. I have accounts on various social platforms and my dad only uses messaging apps and that's it.