Fedorov assisting Soo Eagles


Randy Russon
By
April 23, 2021
Fedor Fedorov

Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have added a full time skills and development coach to their staff, Hockey News North has confirmed.

He is 39-year old Fedor Fedorov, who starred in the Ontario Hockey League as a high scoring forward with the Sudbury Wolves during the 2000-2001 campaign before playing 18 games in the National Hockey League and multiple seasons in the American Hockey League prior to a nine-year career in the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League.

The Russian-born Fedorov helped out the Michigan-based Eagles during their 17-game exhibition season of 2020-2021 and was a regular at practice sessions. The Eagles were unable to compete in the NOJHL because of the closed Canada-United States international border.

Fedorov and his wife reside about 90 miles from the Michigan Soo in Harbor Springs. He owns the Petoskey Ice Arena and operates the Fedorov Hockey Academy from it, running skill sessions and clinics for youngsters.

A personable, well spoken, down to earth individual — and the younger brother of former Detroit Red Wings and NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov — he had much good to say about his experiences to date with the junior Eagles.

“The Soo Eagles are a first class organization that really care about player development,” Fedorov told Hockey News North. “I learned very much about coaching from Doug (Laprade) and (general manager) Bruno (Bragagnolo) runs a very professional organization. The players are treated very well and there is much emphasis on development.

“I had wanted to learn more about coaching and what I learned from Doug this past season was amazing. I also want to say that it was a great experience with the players and the way they handled themselves in what was such a strange season because of COVID-19,” Fedorov noted.

Fedorov added that when both Bragagnolo and Laprade recently asked him if he would like to become more involved with the Eagles come the 2021-2022 season, he couldn’t say yes fast enough.

“It will depend on the weather, of course, but I would like to be able to make all of the practices and as many games as possible,” relayed Fedorov. “It is an honour to be involved with the Soo Eagles … this is hockey paradise in this part of Michigan.”

Fedorov said he loves living in northern Michigan, noting that he and his wife were looking for a place to settle down in about five years ago and they came across the Harbor Springs/Petoskey area and bought the arena.

He said that he has “great memories” of his time in the OHL with Sudbury during the 2000-2001 season when he fired 33 goals, 45 assists, 78 points while playing for legendary coach Bert Templeton.

“Best coach I ever played for,” Fedorov said of Templeton, who passed away in 2003 at the young age of 63. “He let me play my game and I will always remember him very fondly.”

Before suiting up for the Wolves, Fedorov played the 1999-2000 OHL season with the Windsor Spitfires.

As for having Fedorov play more of a full-time role with the Eagles come the 2021-2022 NOJHL season, aforementioned general manager Bruno Bragagnolo could not be happier.

“He is the best skills development coach I have ever been involved with,” relayed Bragagnolo, who has been coaching and managing high level hockey teams in Michigan and Illinois for more than 40 years. “Not only that, Fedor is a really nice guy … he is so humble and easy to talk to and the players just loved him when he was around this past season. He and Doug (Laprade) make for a great coaching team.”


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