ZURICH/MOSCOW – The Russian men’s national team had to replace a second player due to injury. Alexander Svitov will take Denis Kokarev’s spot for the Olympics on home ice in Sochi.
Kokarev is already the second injured player after Sergei Soin from the roster announced on 7th January.
He suffered a leg injury in Dynamo Moscow’s game against CSKA Moscow on 22nd January and won’t recover in time for the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament.
Kokarev will be replaced by Alexander Svitov of Ak Bars Kazan. It will be the first Olympics for the 31-year-old, who represented Russia in the last two IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships and won gold in 2012.
“Initially, Alexander Svitov was on the extended list. The choice fell on Alexander because he’s a skilled hockey player, world champion and can play well defensively and offensively,” Russia’s head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said in a news release.
Previously Alexander Syomin was named to replace Soin.
Russia’s roster as of 27 January
Sergei Bobrovski, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Alexander Yeryomenko, Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Anton Belov, Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Yevgeni Medvedev, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS)
Nikita Nikitin, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Ilya Nikulin, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS)
Fyodor Tyutin, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Vyacheslav Voinov, Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Alexei Yemelin, Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Artyom Anisimov, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Ilya Kovalchuk, SKA St. Petersburg (RUS)
Nikolai Kulyomin, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Yevgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars (NHL)
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (NHL)
Alexander Popov, Avangard Omsk (RUS)
Alexander Radulov, CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Alexander Svitov, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS)
Alexander Syomin, Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Alexei Tereshenko, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS)
Viktor Tikhonov, SKA St. Petersburg (RUS)