Striker Dmitry Yashkin (pictured on December 11, 2019).
St. Petersburg – Hockey forward Dmitri Yashkin is retiring after a year in St. Petersburg, but the 30-year-old player should continue to work in the KHL. According to Russian media, the participant of two world championships will play in Kazan next season.
A native of Omsk returned to the KHL a year ago after a season in the NHL. With 62 points and 40 goals, he became the most productive player of the competition and the best scorer. But in the playoffs, St. Petersburg lost to CSKA Moscow and did not confirm the position of the main favorite.
“Hockey is life and in it sometimes you have to say goodbye to your friends. Next season SKA will be without Dmitry Yashkin. He was a great captain and made his mark in the history of our club. We are grateful to him, but now our paths diverge,” said the head coach and head of the club, Roman Rotenberg.
According to his words, St. Petersburg offered Jaškin a contract for next season as well, but he was not able to meet his financial requirements. Kazan, with which he should sign a three-year contract, has reportedly already agreed to them.
Yashkin, like other Czech players active in the KHL, is currently not allowed to represent by the management of the Czech Ice Hockey Association in view of Russia's military invasion of Ukraine .