Ex-Oilers goalie Shtalenkov found alive

Former Edmonton Oilers goaltender and current hockey coach Mikhail Shtalenkov, who was reported missing on Tuesday, has been found alive.
As initially reported in Tuesday’s Moscow Times, Shtalenkov’s wife phoned the police after her husband did not come home from Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on Sunday and reported him missing.

After being informed of the reports of his disappearance, Shtalenkov phoned his wife and informed her of his well being, according to police sources.

The 46-year-old Shtalenkov is now a coach for the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the former team of Evgeni Malkin. All the Metallurg players and coaches are currently on holiday, a team spokesperson told Interfax.

Shtalenkov won a gold medal in hockey at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, as part of the Soviet’s Unified Team and a silver medal as part of the Russian team at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

In his one season with the Oilers, Shtalenkov shared the starting role with Bob Essensa. His NHL career lasted from 1993 to 2000, during which time he also played for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, and Florida Panthers.

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