replacing almost half the team, the renewed Metallurg Nk, which has been taken
over by a new head coach, Andrei Sidorenko, who by the way is also the only non
Russian coach in the Super League, has been playing surprisingly well in the
first phase of the season. In any
case, with a goalie like Vadim Tarasov and a developing forward and recent
leader of the National Junior Team of Russia, Yevgeniy Lapin, this is probably
first match of Vadim Tarasov for Metallurg Novokuznetsk was in September of 1995
against Torpedo Ust Kamenogorsk. In
Ust Kamenogorsk along with a current teammates Alexei
Artem Argokov and Yevgeniy Pupkov, the very young at the time Tarasov started to
play, and as a defenseman. In 1994,
along with Nikolai Myshagin, he left Kazakhstan for a season for a small Kusbass
village Gramateino, and from there he arrived in Novokuznetsk, where Myshagin
was invited for the post of the head coach.
1994 I was 18, I played for the Kazakhstan’s National Team at the Asian Cup.
In August of 1995 I assumed Russian citizenship in Novokuznetsk.
In my passport there is an appropriate entry about this. At first I was told: you have to wait two years, until you
are allowed to play for Russia. Now
it seems to be five years. But even
this period has already passed. Who
did not tackle this question : Sergei Nikolayev, and Roman Khairetdinov (former
head coach and GM of Metallurg Nk, -- AE ), the current management of Metallurg
also promised to help. It is
possible that something depends on the management of the Kazakh Hockey
Federation, I am not entirely sure.
any case, it is strange that a goalie who is considered the best in the Super
League over the past two seasons by many experts, can not play for the Russian
National Team. If he was a soccer
player, the problem would have probably been solved already.
our leadership is about 90 percent hard work and only then the abilities of the
coaches, players and luck. Under
Sidorenko we are training somewhat differently, but the main principle is the
same, enormous effort.
the August of this year Tarasov went to North America for the first time,
spending two weeks at the School of Vladislav Tretiak.
I will remind that in June ’99 he was selected by the Montreal
Canadians 196th overall.
missed the first week of training at Tretiak’s school: I had to play two
matches at the Stal Cup before our fans. Still,
the interaction with the greatest goalie forced me to look differently at many
past summer Tarasov ended up in the center of a grandiose scandal, signing a
contract with Avangard Omsk, though the period of his contract with Novokuznetsk
has not yet expired. The biggest
city of Kuzbass was in shock: the fans did not want to lose their hero and the
team their undoubted leader, who the 8,000 capacity Palace always met with loud
one should end up in such as situation. I
am at fault for the full 100 percent of it, I should have though about what I
was doing. This is a lesson for me
that will last my entire life.
Yestafieev from Novokuznetsk