MOSCOW, April 26. / TASS /. Former head coach of the Russian national ice hockey team Vyacheslav Bykov doubts that he will return to professional activity next season. About this two-time Olympic champion told TASS.
Bykov suspended coaching career after the end of the season-2014/15, in which he led St. Petersburg SKA to victory in the Gagarin Cup. The reason for this decision was family circumstances. Bykov also won the Gagarin Cup as head coach of the Ufa "Salavat Yulayev" (season-2010/11).
"While I doubt that I will resume my career next season. Now people are trying to guess which club will lead, but at the moment I have no talks with anyone. Nevertheless, from time to time proposals are received", – said Bykov.
"My situation does not give me the opportunity to fully plunge into the work. And if something distracts, then it will suffer. It is unlikely that in the next season I will return to work. While everything is hazy", – concluded the interlocutor of TASS.
From August 11, 2006 to May 26, 2011 Bykov was the head coach of the Russian national hockey team. In 2007, at the home world championship, the Russian team under his leadership won bronze medals, and in 2008 in Canada, for the first time in 15 years, won the world championship, having repeated the success in Switzerland in a year. In 2010, at the World Championships in Germany, the Russian team under his leadership took second place. Bykov is included in the Hall of Fame of the International Hockey Federation in 2014.