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Alexander Nikishin: "It was a piece of unexpected news for me, but I have only positive emotions"

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HC SKA defenseman Alexander Nikishin:

- Welcome to SKA! How do you feel?

- It was an unexpected piece of news for me, but I have only positive emotions. I'm really happy to join SKA!

- Your favourite number 57 is taken here, though.

- Yes, it's a shame as I have long been playing with it. My reserve option of 10 is also taken, so I had to choose 21.

- SKA have a lot of experienced defensemen. What can you learn from them?

- I have already played against a lot of them. I will try to take learn things from them and implement them in my game.

- What can you expect from working with SKA's coaches?

- Saint Petersburg has several strong coaches. Sergei Zubov, who was very famous as a player, has huge experience. A lot of work is ahead of me.

Alexander Nikishin: "It was a piece of unexpected news for me, but I have only positive emotions"

- How do you feel physically at the moment? Did you train individually during the summer?

- I trained with Spartak's young players for almost a month. Before the training camps, I had prepared individually. I think that I'm in good shape, I will try to get on the same level as the guys in Novogorsk.

- The first pre-season competition will begin next week in Sochi. Are you prepared to immediately show your capabilities?

- Of course I am! If I am given the opportunity to play, I will give my all. I will be waiting for when the coaches trust me enough to allow me to participate in matches.

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