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Artyom Zhemchenok: "I didn't have to decide whether to join SKA or not"

Artyom Zemchenok
HC SKA press-service

- It's hard to express my emotions from joining SKA, I don't know what to expect but I have positive feelings. I will soon move to Saint Petersburg and then I think everything will be fine.

- You spent a number of years in Vladivostok.

- I knew that I needed to move on and try to win something. It's good that there was an option to join Saint Petersburg - I didn't need to think whether to join SKA or not.

- You have played in Saint Petersburg on a number of occasions.

- Everyone knows that it's a great city, super club and brilliant fans. There's always a fantastic atmosphere here.

- Have you decided where you will live?

- No, but I have looked at a few options. Probably, I will be told the best places to live when I arrive in the city.

- Who will become your advisor in SKA?

- I don't know, but it won't be difficult to adapt. I know Oleg Li and Alexei Byvaltsev from Vladivostok and I played with Igor Shestyorkin in the MHL. It helps when you know someone in the team.

Artyom Zhemchenok: "I didn't have to decide whether to join SKA or not"

- Analyse your style of game.

- I like to defend, but I can join the rush too. A physical style? I don't mind, although I my figure doesn't really allow for that. I try to play physical without committing fouls. My task is to steal the puck and pass it to the forwards.

- The pre-season is approaching. Have you forgotten how to do up your skates in the summer?

- Since June 1, I have trained on the ice and in the gym. I haven't forgotten anything, I am preparing.

- SKA's captain is Pavel Datsyuk?

- I will try and learn from him, I'm not a contender to be captain.

- Are you watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

- I am trying to watch all of the matches, especially in the evening. Recently, I travelled to Nizhny Novgorod to watch Croatia play. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the stadium. Russia are giving their all - in the game against Spain, the guys used the only chance to win. I am happy for that.

- Expectations for the 2018/2019 KHL season?

- I think that the club only has one goal - I will do everything to be at SKA's level.

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