Norwegian hockey pro Jonas Holøs had a good couple of matches for Norway recently in Arosa, Switzerland. But back in Russia, reality awaits.
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl have yet to get their hands on a place in the playoffs, and due to the weakened Russian currency, his salary has more or less been halved.
He has this to say about the current atmosphere in the club:
"There are crisis meeting all the time now, and it’s not a club where everyone walks around smiling, that’s for sure. But last year we snagged a place in the play-offs two rounds before the end of the regular season, and went all the way to a semi-final, so… I still think we’ll make it."
Although they manage to drag out of him that he wouldn’t mind playing in the NHL again, he’s mostly focused on the current season and the World Championship.
"As to what is most tempting as of next year, KHL play might not be at the top of my list, considering how things are developing."
Journalist: "Perhaps we’ll see you back in Sparta Sarpsborg (GET Liga)?"
Jonas Holøs: At the rate things are happening today, I won’t rule out anything.”
What-do-you-know. There’s an article about Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Norwegian press, including an interview with the resident defensive machine, Jonas Holøs.
On Lokomotiv surprisingly defeating two of the playoff favourites:
"He (Dave King) is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. He changed the momentum here. We’re being told all the time that we’re practically unrecognizable as a team."
On local support after Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s devastating accident three years ago, where the entire team died when their airplane crashed.
"The accident makes this city appreciate our performance even more. We’ve advanced through the playoffs because we’re humble, and we’ve worked the hardest. Not because we’ve got the best team, because we haven’t."