On Monday, the Russian Hockey Federation made a few intriguing announcements regarding their team for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Former NHL All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk was named the general manager for the team. And former Blackhawks forward Alexei Zhamnov was named the team’s head coach.
Zhamnov, of course, was infamously acquired from the then-Phoenix Coyotes in August of 1996 in the trade that sent Jeremy Roenick to the desert. He played eight years for the Blackhawks, serving as the captain for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.