Oleg Bratash is the head coach of the Olympic national team
Oleg Bratash has been named head coach of the new special Russian Olympic national team. The ex Krylya Sovetov, CSKA and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod goaltender is currently a member of the HC Lokomotiv Yaroslavl coaching staff, and will begin his new job after his contract in Yaroslavl runs out. The agreement with the Olympic national team runs until spring 2018.
Chairman of the RIHF board Arkady Rotenberg:
- We are very happy that such a coach will work with our younger, talented players, Oleg has worked in the MHL, won the Kharlamov Cup with Spartak Moscow, and has worked as an assistant in big clubs. We are sure, that his experience will help our young players use their potential. He was picked for the job after consulting with the main national team's coaches. The Olympic national team's preparation will form a part of our united system, and along with Valery Bragin Oleg will form squads as well as working together in different aspects.
RIHF president Vladislav Tretyak:
- It's great that a fellow former goaltender and current coach like Oleg Bratash is such an important part of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation's project. He has a very analytic approach, and has worked with Valery Bragin in the junior national team. This should help him develop our young players, as a lot of them will be walking through the national team's doors.
Bratash Oleg Vladimirovich
Born on the 27th of February 1966 in Moscow
Played for Krylya Sovetov, CSKA Moscow, Acroni Jesenice and Torpedo Yaroslavl
Worked as a coach with Krylya Sovetov, SKA, Lokomotiv, the Russian junior national team, Spartak Moscow and Loko
World junior European champion 1984
Best USSR goaltender in 1989
Three time USSR championship bronze medalist
Kharlamov Cup winner in 2014
Russian Ice Hockey Federation