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The world champion on hockey Nikolai Zherdev told about the problems with alcohol. His words convey “CHempionata” .
35-year-old Zherdev admitted that he began to experience problems in 2019, when he signed the contract with club of the Higher hockey League (VHL) “Ryazan”. Striker noticed that in the victory over it based on don’t blame the coach or the team management.
“I realized that the alcohol is starting to kill me. It prevented the development of my career, constantly meddled in my plans, won me a duel,” — said Zherdev. He added that he was ready to retire, but friends helped to cope with difficulties.
Zherdev won the gold medal of the world championship the national team of Russia in 2009 and 2012. At club level he is known for performances for CSKA, “AK bars”, “Spartak”, and also for a number of clubs of the National hockey League (NHL) “Columbus blue Jackets”, “new York Rangers”, “Philadelphia flyers”. His last club was “Cheboksary” from the KHL.
Video, photo All from Russia.