Junior Hockey League has announced coaches for Team West and Team East who will compete for the 2018 JHL Challenge Cup, which will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan January 11th as part of All-Star Week festivities. Head-coaches of two best teams after two months of the regular season will be at the helm at the game.
Dmitry Stulov will be the head-coach of Team East. He used to coach Sarmaty Orenburg but this season Stulov is the head-coach of Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk, who currently top the Eastern Conference. Stulov will be assisted by Snezhnye Barsy head-coach Sergei Starygin. Team West will be under St. Petersburg duo command – SKA-1946 head-coach Mikhail Milyokhin and Sergei Oreshkin, who had returned to junior hockey after a stint in VHL and KHL. Oreshkin has coached Dinamo system teams throughout his career. He currently works at MHC Dinamo St. Petersburg. SKA-1946 look solid this regular season and top the Western Conference.
Mikhail Milyokhin, Team West head-coach: «I already have JHL Challenge Cup experience. I helped Krasnaya Armiya’s Boris Mironov last year in Ufa. Right now I’m focused on getting in touch with Western Conference teams’ head-coaches and learning about the players that interest me from them. It’s important to me to have information about a candidate to my team from a coach that works with him».
Dmitry Stulov, Team East head-coach: «You can say that we’ve worked towards it and done our best. I’ll tell you more – I’ve even dreamed about it! First of all, I expect to see some great hockey and win. I want to win so that the boys would remember these positive emotions for the rest of their lives».