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Author: Kiril Belyakov (Soviet Sport Newspaper)
Translated By: Eugene Belashchenko
Date: 04/21/2006
Our junior players lacked leadership (Interview with head coach Fedor Kanareykin)

2006 U18 World Junior ChampionshipsAt the U18 World Junior Championships in Sweden the Russian national team, as already reported by Soviet Sport, lost to the Canadians 1:4 in the quarterfinals. Today, Fedor Kanareykin’s team will skate against the Swedes in the battle for just the fifth place.

Team Russia’s head coach talked about the reasons for squad’s failure with the Soviet Sport correspondent.

F. Kanareykin: No we seem unable to fight to the end and not to lose our concentration during tough times. We started the game well against the Canadians, scoring the first goal, but then fell apart. The penalties really hurt us, as we allowed three of the four goals shorthanded. However, we failed to score on a power play when we were up 1:0. If we made it 2:0, I think we would have been victorious in the end.

What specifically did your squad do worse than the Canadians?
F. Kanareykin: In the realization of scoring chances and in the psychological game. But in the playmaking and technical ability they were not at all better than us...We were unable to find a leader: the one who would have lead the team behind him and broke open the game. I placed my hopes on the " Yaroslavl Duo" Anisimov and Vasyunov, but unfortunately....Golubtsov could have also become a leader, if not for the injury. I would still praise him though, as he played the best he could on painkiller shots.

Who among your players do you believe can grow up to be a star?
F. Kanareykin: Many of them. Semen Varlamov is a great goalie and is very confident in his own abilities. Our second goalie, Stas Galimov, is also a very interesting player. Ufa’s Sergei Zachupeyko also was a pleasant surprise, and delivered an even performance at the tournament. Anton Glovatsky scored four goals at the WJC - a guy with a future. Spartak’s Ruslan Bashkirov, though a year younger, still plays with confidence and delivers results.

Amongst the defensemen, who do you have the least number of complaints against?
F. Kanareykin: I would say only to Yuri Alexandrov. He worked hard and controlled the game when he was on the ice throughout the tournament. It is unfortunate that due to injury, Ivan Vyshnevsky was unable to join us at the tournament.

What awaits us next year with the 1989 born U18 national team?
F. Kanareykin: I don’t know right now. Next season I will put together the best players and take a look at them in action. The year promises to be more plentiful than the 1988.

Related Player Profiles: . V.Alexandrov A.Anisimov V.Golubtsov S.Varlamov A.Vasyunov I.Vishnevsky S.Zachupeiko
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