31 August 2015, Monday, 12:22

Rustem Khamitov congratulated players and fans of Salavat Yulaev with season opening in Ufa


UFA, 31 August 2015. /Bashinform News Agency, Iliya Spiridonov/. On August 30 in Ufa, the Head of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov visited the first in the new season home game of the hockey club Salavat Yulaev, which was held in the framework of the Kontinental Hockey League — Russian Hockey Championship. The Ufa team met with the HC Yugra (Khanty-Mansiysk). The game took place on the ice of the "Ufa-Arena".

Before the match Rustem Khamitov congratulated the players and fans of the hockey club with the opening of the new season in Ufa.

Recall that in the new sports season 2015-2016 the organization structure of the HC Salavat Yulaev changed. In March 2015 the general sponsor was replaced. With the assistance of the Head of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov the club was taken under the patronage by one of the largest Russian oil companies — PSJOC Bashneft. The task, at least for this season, announced at the signing of the sponsorship contract was to reach the Eastern Conference finals.

Changes in the leadership of the club have occurred: the new CEO became a famous hockey player Alexander Semak. Leonid Vaysfeld was invited for the post of the general manager. The club's board structure also has changed, for the first time a representative of fans was included in it.

The coaching staff was completely renewed. Ufa native Anatoly Emelin became the head coach. He is assisted by the senior coach — Arkady Andreev, coach to work with the defenders — Andrey Zyuzin, goalkeepers coach Dmitri Kuroshin, fitness coach — Professor Vasily Konovalov. The two-time Gagarin Cup winner Igor Zaharkin is engaged as a coach-coordinator in the HC Salavat Yulaev.

HC Salavat Yulaev started the new KHL season on August 25. In Omsk the Ufa team played with Avangard and lost with a score of 2:4 and then was defeated by HC Barys in Astana with a score of 3:5.