IHM Client Andrey Rychagov Signs With Chamonix

by Chris White

International Hockey Management is proud to announce that client, Andrey Rychagov, has signed with Les Pionniers de Chamonix-Mont Blanc in France’s Ligue Magnus. The 5’11, 203-pound Russian center hails from Saint Petersburg, and has 123 KHL (formerly the Russian Super League) games under his belt. Rychagov spent last season with Rubin Tyumen in the VHL.

The Samara, Russia-born 37 year-old is a nine-time points-per-game leader for his clubs (including 2019-2020), a two-time VHL Champion, a former captain, and a 700+ game veteran of the VHL, Russia’s second pro league. He has compiled 579 career points at the professional level. The left shot pivot will now be counted on to be a leader and top producer in France’s highest professional league.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is a world-renowned ski and travel destination in the Alps range. Mont Blanc is the highest summit in the Alps, and the picturesque town is home to just under 10,000 people. Last season, the Chamonix Pionniers were in the 8th, and final, Ligue Magnus playoff spot, when the season was cancelled. The club has 30 French Championship titles, 3 French Cup wins, and a history spanning over 100+ years.

International Hockey Management President, Chris White, commented, 

“We are thrilled for Andrey to have an opportunity to not only continue playing the game he loves, but in a wonderful location, and in a very important role within the club. Andrey is a leader and veteran presence, that can still light the lamp. He has accomplished so much over a fantastic career, but this is a new challenge and experience for him. We expect he and Chamonix to be a great fit, and we are very thankful for the dedicated Pionniers staff who have made this possible. In a difficult off-season around the world, we couldn’t be happier for Andrey to sign this contract and take his talent into Western Europe.”

Pionniers Assistant General Manager, Richard Newberry, added, 

“Les Pioneers de Chamonix Hockey Elite are excited to announce the recent signing of Andrey Rychagov, and are looking forward to future cooperation with IHM.”

Rychagov gleamed, 

“I am very happy to join the SYNERGLACE Ligue Magnus. Of course, I hope to bring my experience to the group. I have heard a lot of great things from friends who have known Ligue Magnus, and encouraged me to join the French Championship. Chamonix is a special place in the world, and it is a real honor for me to be able to play for the most successful club in the country. It is a great challenge to be part of this new adventure. I have had a wonderful and long career in Russia, and I continue to perform, which has motivated me to take on a new career challenge. I am currently training very hard in Russia to arrive perfectly ready to do battle for a new season. I can't wait to discover it all!" 


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