Valeri Bragin
Born May 31 1956 (1956-05-31) (age 63),
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Pro clubs HC Spartak Moscow
Khimik Voskresensk
Rødovre SIK
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1978–1994

Valeri Nikolayevich Bragin (Russian: Валерий Николаевич Брагин); born May 31, 1956, is a retired Russian ice hockey forward. He is currently the coach of the Russia men's national junior ice hockey team.

Playing career Edit

Valeri Bragin started his career with HC Spartak Moscow where he played in the top Soviet league from 1978. In 1981 he joined Khimik Voskresensk where he played for 8 seasons. In 1989 Bragin moved to Denmark where he was the player/coach for Rødovre SIK in the Danish League. He won the Danish title with Rødovre in 1990. In that season he was also named league player of the year. The following season he won a silver medal with Rødovre. In 1992 and 1993 he led the Rødovre team to consecutive bronze medals in the Danish league. Bragin ended his playing career at the age of 38 with Rødovre following the 1993-94 season.

Coaching career Edit

Having acted as player / coach with Rødovre, Bragin became the full-time coach for the Russian Under-18 junior team which he led to a gold medal at the 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships. The following season he coached the Russian National Junior Team to a silver medal at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

His first full-time head coach job at the club level came with HC Spartak Moscow in the Russian Superleague for the 2007-08 season. Following a stint as an assistant coach with Atlant Moscow Oblast for the 2009–10 KHL season Bragin returned as the head coach of the Russian National Junior Team in the summer of 2010.

He led the Russian junior team to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York, USA.

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