Pavel Bure was named general manager of Russia’s Olympic hockey team Tuesday after announcing his retirement as a player.
The Russian Rocket, felled by serious knee injuries, announced his decision at a news conference in Moscow. Alexander Steblin, the head of the Russian Hockey Federation, announced that Bure would assemble the team headed to February’s Turin Olympics.
“I can promise you one thing, from now on you won’t see such a mess with the national team that you’ve seen here before,” Bure told reporters.
“You won’t see grouchy players here anymore. Only those who really want to play for Russia will be called into the team.”