Russia Name Squad for Euro Hockey Tour

Russia has named their squad for their upcoming tour in Europe ahead of the 2011 World Championships. The games will be played in Sweden and the Czech Republic. Evgeni Nabokov returns to the team after missing most of the latter half of the NHL’s regular season with contract disputes while young guns Vladimir Tarasenko and Artemi Panarin, who helped the junior squad capture gold earlier this year, also get to vie for a spot for the Championships in Slovakia.

New Jersey’s Vladimir Zharkov is a surprise call-up having scored just 2 NHL goals while last playing for Russia in 2006.

The team goes as follows:

Vasily Koshechkin (HC Severstal)
Konstantin Barulin (Atlant)
Evgeni Nabokov (New York Islanders)

Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Yakov Rylov (CSKA Moscow)
Evgeny Biryukov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Konstantin Korneyev (AK Bars)
Alexei Yemelin (AK Bars)
Ilya Nikulin (AK Bars)
Denis Grebeshkov (SKA St.Petersburg)
Nikolai Belov (HC Neftekhimik)

Alexei Morozov (AK Bars)
Danis Zaripov (AK Bars)
Denis Parshin (CSKA Moscow)
Konstantin Gorovikov (UHC Dynamo)
Vadim Schipachev (HC Severstal)
Evgeny Artyukhin (SKA St.Petersburg)
Artemi Panarin (Vityaz Chekhov)
Maxim Afinogenov (SKA St.Petersburg
Evgeny Dadonov (Florida Panthers)
Vladimir Tarasenko (HC Sibir)
Alexei Kaigorodov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Alexei Tereshchenko (Ak Bars)
Aleksandr Burmistrov (Atlanta Thrashers)
Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils)

Malkin and Ovechkin headed to ASG, Dadonov Brings Skills

Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin are headed to Raleigh later this month to feature in the league’s 58th installment of the All-Star Game. What they don’t know is whether they will be teammates or rivals come face-off on January 30th. Thanks to the league’s new format letting the two nominated captains draft their own fantasy team it’s possible Geno and Ovi would be pitted against each other in the event for the first time.

The live draft will be held on the 28th, ahead of the weekend’s event where Sidney Crosby and Jonathon Towes will select round by round who they want on their team. The schoolyard element should be a fun treat for fans as they patiently await to see who will be picked last. Seeing how Crosby is teammates with Malkin that should be a no-brainer unless the league adds a last-minute rule change forbidding teammates to play together.
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