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Andrei Kuzmenko: "Our tasks for the season are the same as always"

Pre-season trainingAndrei Kuzmenko
HC SKA press-service

SKA forward Andrei Kuzmenko:

- I had a great summer, even though it was a shorter break in comparison to previous years. I went to the Maldives, Mexico, Gorno-Altaysk and Greece. I was only in Moscow for four days! I barely saw my parents, I simply told them that I was going on holiday. I saw them twice to wash my clothes! I'm ready for the new season.

- Did you train during your holidays?

- I didn't skate once, I wanted to rest. There will be enough time to skate on the ice during the training camps! Nevertheless, I was constantly working out in the gym, otherwise I simply wouldn't be able to cope with the training process with the team.

- Which SKA players did you see when on holiday?

- I saw Ivan Morozov a couple of times in Moscow, and a lot of the guys were at Vasily Podkolzin's wedding. If I barely saw my parents, I certainly wouldn't have had time to see my teammates!

- How ready are you for the pre-season?

Andrei Kuzmenko: "Our tasks for the season are the same as always"

- I would say I'm 75% ready. Hopefully that is the case anyway!

- Do you miss the Ice Palace atmosphere in Saint Petersburg?

- Of course, I really miss matches and the atmosphere inside our arena! The 2020/2021 club season finished a long time ago, I'm looking forward to seeing our supporters again and feeling those emotions. We need to work hard! Our tasks for the season are the same as always, we will try to achieve what we couldn't in recent years.

- How many of SKA's new players do you know?

- I know Stepan Falkovsky, we were both born in 1996. I am very familiar with Lars Johansson after we played for CSKA Moscow together, and I have seen a lot of the Vityaz Podolsk guys when playing for the national team. I hope they will all help us achieve our goals. The fans' support is very important for us, come to the Ice Palace and we will try our best! When you see how children and members of the older generation are supporting you in the stands, you want to try even harder on the ice.

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