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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fetisov, 51, Will Not Attempt New Record on Ice After Loss

APFetisov, center, pushing SKA’s Maxim Sushinsky during a game on Friday.

Ice hockey great Slava Fetisov took to the ice for CSKA Moscow on Friday, then the 51-year-old said it was his last game.

More than 11 years after ending his professional career, and 21 years after his last appearance for CSKA, Fetisov became the oldest Russian to play in the Continental Hockey League.

But after his team lost 3-2 to SKA St. Petersburg, Fetisov said he did not intend to keep playing. “I think that was the only game for me to take part,” he said. “We have plenty of young guys.”

He admitted it was physically challenging, adding,“I tried to hold on. I tried to play to the maximum.”

However, CSKA coach Sergei Nemchinov said Fetisov might join the team again. “He did it well today,” he said.

Fetisov’s return led the news on state television channels throughout the day.

One of the game’s greatest defensemen, he captained the mighty Soviets throughout the 1980s, then was allowed to join the NHL, where he won a second straight Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, after which he retired at age 40. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

Fetisov is now president of CSKA, his childhood club, and a member of the Federation Council. Several Cabinet members and other senior officials were among more than 5,000 people who watched Friday’s game.