Vladislav Tretiak wins re-election as Russian hockey fed president

Vladislav Tretiak has won a contest between two Russian ice hockey greats to be re-elected as president of the national federation.

Hall of Famer Viacheslav Fetisov falls well short in bid

Vladislav Tretiak, a former goaltender for Russia's national ice hockey team, is shown during the Sochi Olympics. (Mark Humphrey/The Associated Press)

Vladislav Tretiak has won a contest between two Russian ice hockey greats to be re-elected as president of the national federation.

Soviet-era goaltender Tretiak, who is close to the country's influential Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, defeated Viacheslav Fetisov by 125 votes to 11 at the federation conference on Wednesday.

Tretiak wins a third consecutive four-year term in a position he has held since 2006, despite the federation coming in for criticism after Russia's defeat in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympics.

He is a longtime proponent of allowing fewer foreign players at Russian clubs so that local prospects get more ice time. Fetisov, a multiple Olympic, world, and Stanley Cup champion defenseman, has accused Tretiak of allowing Russia's youth hockey development to wither, and backed a more liberal approach to foreign players to help clubs compete internationally.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.