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11th annual JHC Challenge Cup will take place on January 11th, 2020. Top players of Junior Hockey League will be play for Team West and Team East in pursuit of the coveted trophy.
Head-coaches of two top teams of the first two months of the 2019-20 Parimatch Junior Hockey League season landed jobs at Team West and Team East.
Team East will be coached by Oleg Ugolnikov, who is at the helm of Omskie Yastreby – current top team of the conference. Oleg Valerievich is a native of Perm. He began his career in his hometown. He was a defenseman. He played 410 games for Avangard between 1992 and 2000, scoring 24 goals and notching 41 assists. He also played for Sibir, Gazovik Tyumen and Molot Perm.
Ugolnikov has coached in Avangard system since 2013. He won a bronze medal at the 1996 International Hockey League and another bronze at the 1998-99 Continental Cup. Oleg Valerievich makes his debut as Omskie Yastreby head-coach this season.
Team West will be coached by SKA-1946’s Lev Berdichevsky. St. Petersburg currently leads the Western Conference and recently set a new record for consecutive wins in JHL regular season. Lev Sergeyevich is another product of Perm hockey. He also played for Molot Perm, SKA Sverdlovsk, Khimik Voskresensk, Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Krylia Sovetov Moscow, Vityaz Moscow Region and Sibir. He also played in ECHL, Czech Extraliga and Belarus championship.
Lev Berdichevsky won silver and bronze medals in USSR championship as a member of Khimik Voskresensk in 1989 and 1990 respectively. He also won championship title and silver medal with Dynamo Moscow in 2000 and 1998 respectively. Berdichevsky used to be the head-coach of Yunior Kurgan and Russkie Vityazi. He has joined SKA St. Petersburg major junior program last season.
SKA St. Petersburg will delegate their third consecutive head-coach to JHL Challenge Cup. Mikhail Milyokhin and Alexander Savchenkov coached Team West in the previous years.
JHL Challenge Cup will be held in Moscow for the third time and will be a part of All-Star Week festivities for the fourth time. Four top players of JHL Challenge Cup will go on to compete in KHL Skills Competition and All-Star Game.
Team West dominates in JHL Challenge Cup history as they won the trophy eight times in ten years. Team East has won the trophy just twice.