Born 2 January 1963 (1963-01-02) (age 47),

Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia



6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)

Position Centre
Shot Left
Ntl. team Latvia
Playing career 1984–2002

Oļegs Znaroks (Russian: Олег Валерьевич Знарок, Oleg Valerievich Znarok, born 2 January 1963 in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia)[1] is a Latvian former ice hockey player, with German citizenship since 2001.[2] Currently he is the coach of the Latvia national ice hockey team and HC MVD Moscow Oblast of the KHL.

Playing career

As player Znaroks was known for his leadership on and off the ice, tough playing style and scoring ability. He begun his professional playing career in Dinamo Riga. Later in his career Znaroks played mostly in Germany, most notably for EHC Freiburg. Znaroks has played for Latvia and Soviet union internationally 50 and 9 games respectively. Oļegs Znaroks is best remembered by Latvian hockey fans for scoring game tying goal against Switzerland in 1996 world championships B division, a goal that eventually brought Latvia into division A.

International statistics

Year Team League GP G A P PIM
WCh Totals 20 8 10 18 16
Olympic Totals - - - - -
International Totals 55 23 32 55 123

Coaching career

After finnishing his player career Znaroks served as coach for junior national teams for several years. In 2006 he was named as head coach of team Latvia. On 2008 he became HC MVD Moscow Oblast's coach. On both accasions his assistant is Harijs Vītoliņš Znaroks former team Latvia and Dinamo Riga linemate and succeeding captain of team Latvia.

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