The 27-year-old goalkeeper of Riga “Dinamo” joined at the beginning of last season, after the employment relationship was terminated for Krister Gudļevskis. The Russian goalkeeper had previously played in Russia’s top hockey league (VHL).In 19 games as part of Riga’s “Dinamo”, Makarov scored on average with 3.12 lost discs in the match, as well as repelled 90.6% of opponents’ throws.The Riga “Dinamo” goalkeeper line for the new season is basically already completed, but Makarov’s name cannot be found in it. The Russian hockey player himself revealed why in that conversation.“I had to stay in the team, but the coach changed. Pēteris Skudra did not want to see me in the team,” said Makarovs, who explained that in general he evaluates the time spent in the Riga “Dinamo” team positively.“I played a lot until I got injured. After joining the team, I played in seven matches in a row. Of course, the result was not what we wanted. But the coach trusted me and I played,” the goalkeeper continues.Makarov also revealed why, in his opinion, he lost the position of the first goalkeeper to Aleksandrs Salaks, emphasizing that the Czech hockey player had shown a good performance, as a result of which the team’s then coach Ģirts Ankipāns chose not to make changes.Finally, Makarov was asked why, in his opinion, Riga “Dinamo” was one of the weakest units of last season.“I can’t explain. We tried and fought in every game. Maybe (lacked) mastery? I think that was the key,” Makarov said.Before the upcoming season, the Russian goalkeeper had an offer to join the KHL club “Beijing Red Star” for a probationary period, but instead of China, he decided to go to Slovakia, where a full-fledged contract was placed on the table.Follow Apollo as well Instagram – everything exciting, beautiful and important in one place!