Russia Announces Roster for World Championships

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Head Coach Vyacheslav Bykov has announced the 25-man roster that will defend Russia’s crown in Germany starting this Sunday against Slovakia. Unlike the team that traveled to Vancouver before that embarrasing exit at the hands of the hosts this roster features more KHL’ers than NHL’ers 13 to 12. Both Alexander Ovechkin and Semin return to the Worlds’ stage having been absent last year since the Washington Capitals were deep in the playoffs.

Also returning is reigning MVP Ilya Kovalchuk who played on both gold medal teams while being on the Atlanta Thrashers who failed to make the playoffs both years. This time Kovalchuk is a New Jersey Devil until free agency starts and would probably prefer to be playing in the NHL this time of year opposed to with the National team. New faces from the NHL include Artem Aninvsov of the New York Rangers who has only played with the team’s junior squad and Dmitry Kulikov of the Florida Panthers who like Aninvsov has never gotten the call for top team.

Both Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov of the KHL will be reunited with their former Capitals teammates just like in Vancouver and hope to spark some sort of chemistry if Bykov decides to play them together at any time. It will be interesting to see if the mix between the KHL’ers and NHL’ers will be a factor as many claimed it was the reason Russia collapsed against Canada at the Olympics but hopefully this mix plus the bigger ice surface will be the key to the team’s success as they go for the three-peat.

Below is the roster that is headed to Germany. According to the rules, two more names can be added to the list for the second round of the tournament

Goalkeepers:
Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Vasily Koshechkin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Semyon Varlamov (Washington Capitals)

Defencemen:
Konstantin Korneev (CSKA Moscow)
Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Dmitriy Kalinin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan)
Alexei Emelin (Ak Bars Kazan)
Denis Grebeshkov (Nashville Predators)
Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers)

Forwards:
Maxim Afinogenov (Atlanta Thrashers)
Evgeny Artyukhin (Atlanta Thrashers)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals)
Alexei Tereschenko (Ak Bars Kazan)
Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers)
Ilya Kovalchuk (New Jersey Devils)
Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Maxim Sushinsky (SKA St. Petersburg)
Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant Mytischi)
Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles Kings)
Alexander Svitov (Avangard Omsk)

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