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Russian Hockey Team Eager for Vancouver

28. December 2009 by Michelle 0 Comments

With so many talented players, Russian hockey coach Vyacheslav Bykov had very difficult decisions, but he managed to make 23 good ones.


Bykov announced early Christmas morning which players were chosen to represent Russia in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Eight them are from the KHL, while the rest play for the NHL in the U.S. and Canada.


Here is the full roster:


Goaltenders: Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix), Semen Varlamov (Washington), Evgeny Nabokov (San Jose);


Defenders: Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa), Sergey Gonchar (Pittsburgh), Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton), Dmitry Kalinin (Salavat Yulaev, KHL), Konstantin Korneev (CSKA Moscow, KHL), Andrey Markov (Montreal), Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars, KHL), Fedor Tyutin (Columbus);


Forwards: Maksim Afinogenov, Ilya Kovalchuk (both – Atlanta), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), Danis Zaripov, Alexey Morozov (both – Ak Bars, KHL), Sergei Zinoviev, Viktor Kozlov, Alexander Radulov (all – Salavat Yulaev, KHL), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh), Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin (both – Washington), Sergey Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL).


The Russian hockey community is very pleased with the choices.


“The lineup is perfect! A very clever and right choice. I have no questions to the coaches. The defenders are high-class and able to shoot well. Everything is obvious in the attack – all the top players are there,” said sports commentator Segrey Gimaev.