MOSCOW, January 11 (R-Sport) - NHL legend Sergei Fedorov could make a surprise return to competitive hockey at the age of 43, CSKA Moscow’s interim head coach Vyacheslav Butsaev has said.
Fedorov is big-spending CSKA’s general manager and has not played a game since leaving Metallurg Magnitogorsk at the end of last season, although he has never officially announced his retirement.
“We’ve talked to him about it,” Butsaev said Thursday, adding that Fedorov was “training and in excellent condition.”
CSKA had three NHL players during the lockout, center Pavel Datsyuk, goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and center Mikhail Grabovski, who seem set to return to North America after a new collective bargaining agreement was reached. CSKA has won its last two games without locked-out NHLers.
Fedorov was the first European-trained player to become NHL MVP and remains the top Russian goalscorer in the NHL.
He won the Stanley Cup three times with the Detroit Red Wings and played a total of 1,248 NHL games, scoring 483 goals and 696 assists.