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Evgeny Ketov: "I am grateful to SKA for continuing to believe in me"

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HC SKA forward Evgeny Ketov:

- It was a difficult match for us, we would have liked to win without such a nervy ending. I would like to thank the teammates, coaches, staff and fans for their fantastic support, my record of 507 SKA appearances wouldn't have been possible without them.

- If we speak about the game, SKA wasted a lot of opportunities - especially in the second period.

- Yes, but their goaltender played really well. We wasted our chances on the powerplay. They did get a goal back in the closing stages, but thankfully we saw it out to clinch the victory.

- When you joined SKA nine years ago, did you expect to stay so long?

- Back then, I wanted to prove myself with the team. I am grateful to the club for continuing to believe in me, I was accepted really well as soon as I arrived. I always try to follow the coach's game plan.

- With SKA, you are a player who blocks pucks rather than being a goalscorer. Did you never want to move to a different team?

Evgeny Ketov: "I am grateful to SKA for continuing to believe in me"

- No, honestly I did not have those feelings. I have always really enjoyed playing here, we fight for the Gagarin Cup every year. The main thing is to win, rather than personal statistics.

- Despite set to soon turn 36, you are still one of the fastest SKA players.

- I have been a fast runner since childhood. We train like everyone else, carefully picking our exercises.

- There will now be a long break in the KHL.

- All teams are in the same boat. We have time to rest and prepare for the playoffs in the correct manner, although we don't know if the remaining regular season matches will be played. None of us are worrying or panicking.

- When you end your playing career, will you remain in Saint Petersburg?

- Yes, we're planning to stay here. All of us in our family love it in this city.

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