Russia Announces Roster for 2014 IIHF World Championship

A new era of Russian hockey gets underway tomorrow in Minsk, Belarus as new head coach Oleg Znarok takes his shot at restoring pride in the Russian hockey program after an embarrassing exit in Sochi. Znarok has only brought back seven Olympians for the Men’s Worlds with the rest making their senior level debuts. Russia open up against Switzerland tomorrow before facing off against Finland, USA, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Germany, and Belarus. Having failed to medal last year, the new look team will hope to find the spark that was missing in Sochi. Will the likes of Ovechkin carry the team this time around? Have a look at the roster below and decide for yourself.
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Russia Heads to Sweden in Search of Gold (Updated)

(courtesy of the Russian Hockey Federation)

It’s come to our attention that we somehow overlooked this years upcoming IIHF Men’s World Championships. With that, let’s take a quick look at the Russian roster and the tournament which officially starts on Friday. Russia arrives in Sweden hoping to capture any kind of silverware as last year they were bounced by eventual champions Finland before losing to the Czech’s in the bronze-medal game.
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Russia Falls to Czechs in Gold Medal Game;Top IIHF World Ranking

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After winning every game in this years Men’s World Championships, Team Russia could not overcome a lucky yet scrappy Czech Republic team to capture their third consecutive gold medal. Instead the Russians leave Germany with a feeling of disarray and disappointment just like in the 2010 Olympics when they were favored to win it all but were bounced in the quarter-finals.
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Russia Squeaks by Germany into Third Straight Final

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On Saturday, Russia defeated Germany with a score of 2-1 for the right to defend their gold medal against the Czech Republic tomorrow night. Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Russians with 1:50 remaining in the game on a breakaway to eliminate both the Germans and any hope they had for overtime or a possible shootout. Vasili Koshechkin made 26 saves in his third appearance of the tournament but will hand over the reigns to Semyon Varlamov in the gold medal game.
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Russia Eliminate Canada Enroute to Semi-Finals

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On Thursday, Russia got slight revenge on their Canadian rivals for the first time since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by ending their chance for any medals with a 5-2 win at the Men’s World Championships. Goals from Maxim Afinogenov, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Fedorv and Pavel Datsyuk would power Russia to their third consecutive semi-final game where they will meet hosts Germany on Saturday.
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Russia Blanks Fins to Set Up Date with Canada

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Russia earned their 24th consecutive victory against the team that was last to beat them on the World’s stage on Tuesday by shutting out Finland 5-0. With the win the team earns the right to play Canada in the quarter-finals on Thursday in a rematch of the 2010 Olympics and the last two gold medal games at the World’s.
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Russia Stays Perfect Through the Weekend

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Russia continue to cruise towards their third straight gold medal at the Men’s World Championship after posting back-to-back wins over the weekend in the qualifying round. On Saturday, Russia played their arguably most difficult game against hosts Germany in front of a crowd of 18,000, captain Ilya Kovalchuk opened up the scoring with a wrist shot 14:20 into the period. Despite having the early lead the Russians were outshout 13-12 forcing Semyon Varlamov to stop more than half of the shots he faced against Belarus on Thursday.
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