MOSCOW – Russia named 38 players to its Olympic Summer Camp from August 29 to September 1 in Moscow. The KHL and the NHL have 19 players each.
After winning two consecutive World Championship titles, Vyacheslav Bykov’s players will kick-off the Olympic camp for Vancouver 2010. The Russian national team will practise at the CSKA Moscow facilities and will also hold public events with contests and awards for the recent world champions.
While Bykov’s team won the 2009 World Championship with a team that consisted mostly of players from the Russian KHL, the candidate list is well-balanced with 19 KHL players and as many participants from the NHL.
Most Russian NHL players have received invitations even though some names like Nikolai Khabibulin, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Sergei Samsonov are missing.
The roster includes almost all the Russians that played on the golden 2009 World Championship team. Missing are Sergei Mozyakin, Nikolai Zherdev, Alexander Perezhogin and Anton Kuryanov. Mozyakin is the most notable absentee after he led the KHL in scoring last season with 34 goals and 42 assists in 56 games.
Also not in the list is former NHL star Alexei Yashin, who hasn't played for the national team since the 2006 Olympics.
Following the camp, Russia will play in the Euro Hockey Tour tournament in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, September 3-6. The tournament roster hasn’t been announced yet but it will likely only include KHL players.
Men's rosters for the 2010 Olympics must be announced before December 31, 2009, even though changes (i.e. due to injuries) will be allowed until February 15 (the eve of the opening games of the men's tournament), when the teams register their final roster of 20 skaters and three goaltenders.
After this date, additions and replacements are not allowed.
Roster for Russia’s Olympic Summer Camp
Goalkeepers: Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes, NHL), Simeon Varlamov (Washington Capitals, NHL), Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose Sharks, NHL).
Defencemen: Vitali Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk, RUS), Vitali Vishnevsky (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, RUS), Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa Senators, NHL), Sergei Gonchar (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL), Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers, NHL), Alexei Zhitnik (Dynamo Moscow, RUS), Sergei Zubov (Dallas Stars, NHL), Dmitri Kalinin (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Maxim Kondratiev (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA Moscow, RUS), Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens, NHL), Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan, RUS), Vitali Proshkin (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Oleg Tverdovsky (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL).
Forwards: Evgeny Artyukhin (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL), Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres, NHL), Konstantin Gorovikov (SKA St. Petersburg, RUS), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings, NHL), Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan, RUS), Sergei Zinoviev (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Alexei Kovalev (Ottawa Senators, NHL), Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Trashers, NHL), Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL), Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan, RUS), Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals, NHL), Alexander Radulov (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Oleg Saprykin (Dynamo Moscow, RUS), Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals, NHL), Alexei Tereschenko (Ak Bars Kazan, RUS), Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk, RUS), Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles Kings, NHL).