Hockey: The KHL adventure is over for Bob Hartley

After four seasons at the helm of Avangard Omsk, Bob Hartley’s adventure in the KHL is over.

Currently in Florida after returning from Russia, our collaborator draws up a positive assessment of his stay in the KHL, despite a fairly turbulent context.

“Two finals, including a Gagarin Cup championship, so it’s definitely been a great experience from a hockey point of view,” Hartley told Hockey 360. I was able to share these four years with my faithful lieutenant Jacques Cloutier, so the adaptation was still quite good.

“The way they treated us with the Avangard of Omsk, it was very similar treatment to the National Hockey League in terms of travel, hotels, nutrition and the way they supported us. We were looking for results and that was the mandate we were given.

“Despite COVID and despite the conflict with Ukraine over the past few months, which have not been easy, all in all, I think I had a great experience. »

Hartley wants to take some time off before embarking on other projects, but has no intention of stepping down.

“I won’t invite you to the press conference announcing my retirement from hockey because I don’t think I will ever retire from hockey,” Hartley said. Hockey runs through my veins. However, did I coach my last hockey game? Maybe, maybe not. But right now, there’s absolutely no rush and I want to spend time with my friends and family.

“I want to take a step back. I also have things near my home town of Hawkesbury that keep me busy. I want to stay with the media though, because I have a lot of fun with you guys. I am 61 years old, I am healthy, I am full of energy. We’ll see what happens next, but it’s not me who’s going to be on the phone, that’s for sure. »

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