Toronto, Canada – MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Soviet captain Vyacheslav Fetisov will play his first professional game in more than a decade when he takes to the ice for his former club CSKA Moscow on Friday.
The 51-year-old defenseman will take on SKA St Petersburg after signing a provisional contract and passing a medical, the Continental Hockey League said on its website (www.khl.ru).
Fetisov said he was forced into action after his club lost several first-team defensemen to injury.
Even at the age of 51, Fetisov will not be claiming a record when he makes his return.
Canadian Gordie Howe retired in 1980, aged 52, after playing a full season for the NHL's Hartford Whalers.
At 69, he played one game for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League in 1997.
(Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; editing by Kevin Fylan)