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Viktor Tikhonov: "I like it when the ice is smaller"

Viktor TikhonovPre-season training
HC SKA press-service

- How did you spend your summer holidays?

- Personally, I enjoy playing golf. My friends and I always have a competition in the summer, and I play the sport with my son too. Apart from that, we spent time at home, alongside flying to Hawaii.

- Did you move away from your sporting diet in the summer?

- I gave myself two weeks to have anything I wanted, but strangely, I ended up losing two kilograms. I don't know how that happened. Interestingly, when I got back to training in the gym, I gained four kilograms. My body works strangely.

- Alexei Kudashov is now the head coach.

- He understands the team and the system. He took charge during matches as well. Alexei knows how to control discipline and he understands when he needs to speak louder to us.

- Will the training camps be tough?

- Alexei was a player himself, he knows what shape we should be in. He's in good shape himself. I have a feeling that the training sessions will be tough, but we need to prepare seriously for the upcoming season.

Viktor Tikhonov: "I like it when the ice is smaller"

- Do you know any of the new players?

- We haven't met yet. I will see the Koskiranta "brothers" tomorrow.

- What are your expectations for the 2019/2020 campaign?

- I remember how close we were last season to achieving our goal. We always want to move forward. We have to take the next step and win the championship. From last season, we have gained experience, so everything should work out.

- Are the competitors the same?

- Last season, it became clear that more competition has arisen, with the league becoming more evenly balanced. There are a lot of strong teams. In order to win, we have to be united, have good coaching and a strategy.

- A lot of KHL clubs are switching to the smaller ice.

- Personally, I like playing on the smaller ice more, you can apply serious pressure and you have to make decisions faster. It will be tough to rise your head, you have to already know what you want to do with the puck. If you can adapt to the speed, you'll have a big advantage.

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