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Yashin named GM of Russian women’s national team

Dec 7, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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While he hasn’t officially announced his retirement from playing, Alexei Yashin seems to be moving on with a new chapter in his hockey career.

That was the word out of Russia on Friday as Yashin was hired as GM of the Russian women’s national team.

“I think for the ladies it’s a great gift for the new year,” Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak told IIHF.com. “Alexei is a fine man who did a lot for our country. The solution will benefit both our coaching staff and give new challenges to the General Manager.”

The Russian women are currently ranked sixth in the world by the IIHF, behind Canada, the United States, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden.

Yashin, the second overall pick at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, scored 781 points in 850 NHL games before jumping to Russia in 2007. He’s spent the last five years playing for Lokomotiv, SKA St. Petersburg and, most recently, CSKA Moscow.

Off the ice, Yashin has maintained a long-term relationship with former supermodel Carol Alt, who used to be married to ex-New York Rangers captain Ron Greschner. (From the PHT Page Six files)

  1. Eric Broz - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    I bet most of those women hit harder and play with more passion than he ever did.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I’m not sure of the relevance of Carol Alt to Yashin’s qualifications for his new job. But moving along, I hope he succeeds in raising the Russians’ level of play so that women’s hockey can someday become truly competitive worldwide. As much as I like seeing my home country’s team win, it does get tiresome to see the same two nations in almost every tournament finals. It won’t change until little girls in Russia and other countries learn how much fun it is to get out and play hockey.

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