03.10.2020 в 12:00


In today’s edition of our continuing Saturday series Not A Word About Hockey we’re going to talk to former Krasnaya Armiya and JHC Dynamo Moscow goaltender Vadim Zherenko, who currently plays for Dynamo in Moscow Region.

Spare time

- My girlfriend and my parents decide on my diet. But I spend most of my time at our baza, so I would have to add our team doctor to the list as well, because I always listen to his advice. If the meal is cooked tasty and with love, I automatically like it. I try to keep my menu versatile. It’s not like I eat the same stuff everyday. My favorite cuisine is Asian.
- My parents really love cats. As long as I can remember myself, we always had cats in the house. Right now we have a cat called Zvezda.
- I do various stuff on my days off. All depends on my mood. I can read a book, watch some TV or just go for a stroll.
- In the future I would like to travel around the world more. I dream of visiting all countries. I don’t have a set place I would like to go. I just want to see how people live on different continents and plunge into other nations’ histories.
- From recent movies I was really impressed by The Lincoln Lawyer. I can’t name my favorite actors. I just enjoy movies with quality acting.
- I’m a music fiend. I listen to all kinds of music from classics to rock. The latest track I have added to my playlist was Trouble’s Coming by Royal Blood.

Personality traits

- I’m a kind, calm, caring and positive fellow. It’s difficult for me to list my assets and shortcomings. I believe, you would be better off asking my teammates about those.
- I always super motivated for the games. Not playing is more intense. Hockey is what I do in life so I have never felt like not going to the game.
- A real man mustn’t speak in vain. He has to be a responsible person and respond for his actions.
- The main quality I have inherited from my parents is work ethic. I always finish what I started.
- Whenever I meet a new person, first thing I look at is how they act and their personality. It’s important to me how the person acts in public.
- I’m not superstitious. I don’t believe in all that. I believe, it only distracts you from work.
- I’m a gambler when it comes to sports. I don’t like losing. But off the ice it’s the exact opposite. I’m rather calm.


- I don’t have a role model when it comes to men’s fashion. I wear whatever I like and I don’t chase fashion. On Dynamo, I would say Ivan Kulikov is the most stylish. I like his style.
- I don’t pay attention to clothing brands. Obviously, there are a lot of clothes in my wardrobe that are white and blue because it’s my team colors. I prefer athletic wear for everyday life. It’s comfortable and practical.
- Jo Malone and Dior are my favorite perfumes.
- I grow beard. Movember is coming (laughs).


- My ideal is my second half. My girlfriend has the best qualities. Masha always watches my games and cheers for me.
- I have never understood people for whom their relationship is an obstacle in their athletic career. Serious relationship gives me motivation and support. Thanks to my loved one’s support I become a better person every day.
- Would I sign my son up for hockey? It’s going to depend on what the kid wants. If he’s going to have fire in his eyes, I will sign him up for a hockey school. I’m definitely not going to force it on him.

Career and education

- If it weren’t for hockey, I would have probably tethered my life to pharmaceutics. My grandmother is a chemistry teacher so I would have followed her footsteps.
- I study at Synergie University, majoring in sports management. I come to classes whenever I can. Quite often I can’t. When I accumulate missed tests I just do them later.
- Good education is a very important element in today’s world. Unfortunately, athletes don’t have it easy when it comes to that. It’s virtually impossible to joggle professional sports and academics at the same time. It’s great that my university made it easier for me.

Funny story

- Perhaps, the most awkward situation of my life took place when I was 12 years old. I tried to get the campfire going for a while and I couldn’t do it. In the end I took a jerrycan with gas in it, poured some on the campfire and almost burned down our whole cottage (smiles). Thankfully, it ended well. Now I know what I shouldn’t do.