Kasatonov was the main contender for the CEO post Night League
Double Olympic champion Alexey Kasatonov is seen as the main contender for the position of General Director of Night hockey League. About it RBC have informed three sources in the organization and two close to the Presidium of the League of the interlocutor.
According to them, Kasatonov can imagine in the near future. The timing of the official announcement depend on how long it will take the procedure of dismissal of the current CEO Igor Bahmutova, said the interlocutors. The ex-hockey player calls on the RBK not answered.
«I have this one to officially say», — said the Chairman of the Council of the League of legends Night, two-time Olympic champion Alexander Yakushev in response to the question, whether there corresponds to reality information about the possible appointment.
On Friday last week, members of the Presidium of the Fund of development of Amateur hockey «Night hockey League» called for the early termination of powers Bakhmutova, which in 2016 was elected General Director for five years. The head of the press service of the Night of the League, Igor Kakurin RBC denied information about the dismissal of the General Director.
A month ago, the participants wrote a petition for the resignation Bakhmutova, as, in their opinion, his professional qualities do not correspond to the held position, the growing commercialization of Amateur competitions, and their level is reduced.
Kasatonov — member of the Board of the League of legends Night, which includes veterans of Russian hockey. In addition to two Olympic games, the defender has won five world Championships and the Canada Cup. Worked as General Manager of the Russian team at the Olympic games 1998 and 2014.
This summer, from Night of the League left the General sponsor, the company «Transneft» who financed the project through a subsidiary. Vice-President of the organization Boris King at the post of the Chairman of the Presidium was replaced by senior Vice-President of Norilsk Nickel Sergey Batekhin. Now, according to the official website, the General sponsors of the League are «Norilsk Nickel» and a group of «Sibantratsit».
Night League was formed in December 2011 at the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian hockey veterans. From September to April are held competitions among Amateur players across the country. In may the winners of the regional qualifying stages to take part in the finals held at the Olympic facilities in Sochi.