ILYA OLENDARENKO: “I WANT TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD. I WILL TRY TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES”

ILYA OLENDARENKO: “I WANT TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD. I WILL TRY TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES”
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08.06.2018 в 13:50
ILYA OLENDARENKO: “I WANT TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD. I WILL TRY TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES”
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- Ilya, what’s your take on this past Junior Hockey League season?

- I can’t say I’m satisfied with our team’s result. We didn’t do very well and missed the playoffs. We didn’t play our hockey. We’re going to look back at our mistakes, learn from them and prepare better for next season. As for me personally, I can’t really rate it – you’d be better off asking someone else, who had a better vantage point. It’s up to the coaches to rate players.

 

- Why did Kuznetskie Medvedi miss the playoffs?

- I think it’s because we got a new head-coach early in the season. It was difficult to adapt at first. Perhaps, we never really understood new coach’s demands. And then when we got used to that new brand of hockey, everything changed again. But at that point we had already lost a lot of games and it was difficult to make up for that. Obviously, we tried but we didn’t do so well.


- What was the most memorable game for you last season?

- Road game against Mamonty Yugry. We were trailing behind and then got in the lead but still ended up losing in the shootout. It was a good game. It was a tough one but still very exciting. Other than that, every game was had its good moments.


- Who was the toughest team to play against?

- It was difficult to play against every team this season. All teams are more or less balanced out these days.



- Would you say that Alexander Sergeyevich Kitov is a tough coach?

- I wouldn’t go as far as calling him tough. Alexander Sergeyevich is rather a whip-and-cookie kind of coach. When the need arises he can find the right words and cheer us up and it, obviously, helps. So I wouldn’t go as far as saying that our head-coach is very tough.


- At the end of the season every team usually has a bonding event. Did Kuznetskie Medvedi have something like that?

- Yes, we went to the countryside and the whole team celebrated the end of the season. We had a barbecue, chatted and everyone held a speech. 1997 year born players, who will not return to our team next year, said some kind words. All in all, we had a great time.


- That means that top Junior Hockey League scorer Anton Ruban said farewell to your team.

- We wished him all the best in the future as well. I’m very glad for the guy. He’s had a great season. Anton had a good year. I wish him luck in professional hockey. Hopefully, he can do just as well there.


You can still play in Junior Hockey League. What do you expect from yourself in the upcoming season?

- I would like to test myself at a new level – VHL. I want to make my debut on Metallurg Novokuznetsk. I want to keep moving forward. I will try to do whatever it takes. I was already called up once to practice with the team back in the spring.


- How is your vacation going?

- This year I’m getting my diploma and also my driver’s license. Besides, I have already begun getting ready for the season.


- Did the coaching staff give out any personal practice schedule to the players?

- It’s all individual. Some guys work with coaches in the summer while others practice themselves. Sometimes the coaches just point out what you should focus on. Some players need to work with weights more often, while others have to jog and swim. So every player could have received his individual practice schedule if he wanted. Personally, on vacation I focus on functioning and working on my speed.

    

- Do you have a talisman?

- I don’t have anything of the kind. Things that I always take with my when I go anywhere is my headphones and charger. So, I guess, you could call them my talismans (smiles).


- If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you go?

- I would go to Spain. I have been there a few times and I enjoyed it very much. Especially in Barcelona. It’s a very beautiful city. This year I haven’t gone anywhere on vacation and I’m not going to because I need to take care of my studies. Besides, I have to get ready for the season. So if I’m going to go anywhere, it’s going to be my country house for a weekend.


- Who was the most exciting person you have ever talked to in your life? Who can you talk all the time about everything?

- I can talk to my parents and a few friends about everything and not worry about anything.


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