Has played sport since childhood. Has practised in judo since 1986, and ice hockey since 1991. Graduated from a sporting college in Finland (PHYK) by completing a course in ice hockey development program. Graduated from the European Business School in London, International Business Bachelor’s (2005) and Master’s (2007) degree. PhD degree in economic sciences (St. Petersburg State University, 2009). Deputy general director of KHL-Marketing (2008-2011). Vice-president of SKA Hockey Club (2011-present). First vice-president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, head of national team's management group (2015-present). Olympic champion (2018), World Championship bronze medalist (2016, 2017, 2019). KHL Gagarin Cup winner (2015, 2017). Winner of the “KHL Best Manager Award” (2015, 2017).
SKA Executive Director. SKA Hockey Club General Director since July 2017 till June 2021. In the past, he was the club's general manager between September 2008 and May 2011, and during the period July 2015 and July 2016. SKA's sporting director from May 2011 until July 2015. General Director of the SKA Academy and President of the Leningrad Region ice hockey federation. Came through the Lenmyansokombinata ice hockey school, and was coached by Boris Kushatlov. Champion of the Leningrad ice hockey championship. He completed his military service with the Russian navy, and graduated from the Frunze Naval Academy. Worked in the ice hockey agency business since 1999, and was in the 2000 World Championship organising committee. Was the assistant general manager for the youth and junior Russian national teams between 2001 and 2003.
As a player, he was a forward for Spartak (1974-1981), Khimik (1981-1989) and Rodovre in Denmark (1989-1994).
He is a two-time winner of the World Junior Championship, a USSR champion (1976) and a Danish champion (1990).
He began his coaching career in 1997. He worked as an assistant to the head coach with Khimik (1997-1999), Atlant (2008-2009) and as the head coach of Spartak (2005-2006) and CSKA (2012). Head coach of Russia U18 between 2003 and 2004. From 2010 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2020 he was the head coach of Russia U20. Winner of the 2011 World Junior Championship, 2004 World U18 Chanpionship, five-time silver medalist of the World Junior Championship (2005, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2020), two-time bronze medalist of the World Junior Championship (2017, 2018). Joined SKA and the main national team in January 2020 as a senior coach. Has been appointed as a head coach in June 2020.
Has been playing for many Russian clubs, among which are SKA, CSKA, Avangard, Barys, etc. Has won Russian championship silver medals with Lada in 2005. Started his coaching career in 2009 at Spartak, in 2013 was the head coach of youth CSKA-1998 team. Then became head coach of Buran Voronezh. Has been also coaching Sokol, Lada and SKA-Neva. U-16 Russian national team head coach.
Konstantin Shafranov was born in Ust'-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. Has been playing for USSR, Russian and North America's teams since 1985 till 2010. Has been also playing for Kazakhstan national team. Gold and bronze medalist of Russian championship, two time Kazakhstan Champion, Euroleague Champion. As a coach he worked at Fort Wayne (ECHL), Amur, Avtomobilist and Avangard. Gagarin Cup Holder of 2020/21 season as an assistant coach. Has been working as a coach of Russian national team since May 2021.
Albert Victorovich Leshchyov was born on September 27, 1971. Has played for Molot Perm, CSKA, Khimik Voskresensk, Atlant and SKA since 1989 till 2010. Spengles Cup holder in 1991. Has played for Russian national team and won Karjala Cup and First Channel Cup.
As a coach he worked in CSKA system – for Krasnaya Armiya in MHL, Zvezda-VDV in VHL and main KHL team. Has moved to SKA system in 2019, by having been appointed SKA-1946 Senior coach, then - Head coach. Has been working with main team in season 2020/21. He also worked as U17 and U18 national teams head coach and with the main national team.
Alexei Babintsev started a coaching career at youth hockey teams as an assistant coach and head coach. Has been training North-West federal dpt hockey team. In 2019/20 was a part of coaching staff of SKA-1946 who won the U-21 Russian Championship.
Stefan Persson was born on October 18th, 1965 in Surahammar, Sweden. Has been working as a goalkeeping coach for two seasons for Arlanda and then for AIK for 10 more years. Since 2016 till 2021 has been goalkeeping coach at Spartak Moscow. Has won silver medals as an U21 WJC with Sweden. Works with Russian national team since 2021.
Previously worked as a goalkeeping coach with the Espoo Blues and Sibir Novosibirsk.
Has been SKA's individual goalkeeping coach since 2014, winning the 2015 and 2017 KHL Gagarin Cup and Continental Cup in 2018 with the club.
Marko Torenius is responsible for the goalkeepers' individual training.
Head coach of the Skelleftea youth team (2007-2008), general manager of Skelleftea (2008-2016). General manager of Zurich (2016-2018).
Swedish champion (2013, 2014), Swedish championship silver medalist (2011, 2015, 2016).
Canadian athlete and specialist Craig Slaunwhite was born in Canada. He has been a member of Canadian NT in decathlon. Has been working in NHL for 10 years as a performance coach in Florida and Winnipeg. Has been working as a Head of performance in NBA Sacramento Kings for two years. Joined SKA before 2021/22 season.
Player Development Coach, National hockey development program Red Machine. Played 5 seasons of Junior Hockey in Canada before moving to Europe to play for 2 seasons. Represent Israel at 13 IIHF World Championships winning a Gold Medal in 2004/2005 (D2) & 2010/2011, a Silver Medal in 2000/2001 (D2), and a Bronze Medal in 2001/2002 & 2006/2007 (D2).
Daniel has been developing and delivering systematic hockey development models applicable to players and hockey organizations worldwide for over a decade. He established Universal Hockey development academy based in Toronto, Canada. He has been hired to conduct Master Classes worldwide for clubs, federations and schools.
He is a Hockey Canada High Performance skills coach with extensive certifications and qualifications in individual technical and tactical player development.
Daniel has worked with and graduated numerous players to the NHL and professional hockey.
He graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sport, Youth and Tourism. Artyom is a CrossFit coach, a champion of regional stages of different competitions. He has been involved in coaching activities for more than 10 years, training professional athletes. He is the physical coach of the youth Russian national teams which won the Youth Olympic Games in 2020 and the World Challenge Cup in 2019.
Graduated from Smolensk physical training institute in 1977. Worked as an athletics coach in youth sport school in Moscow, also in CSKA youth sports school. In different years from 1982 till 2012 worked as a coach of USSR and Russian national athletic teams. Works individually with hockey players since 2002. Worked at SKA in 2013/14 season. Physical training coach of Russian national hockey teams since 2018.
As a coach has reached 15 titles of USSR and Russian Champions, bronze medals of Russian volleyball championship.