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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Tyutin, Kondratiev, Fedor Fedorov are Olympic candidates

Fedor Fedorov, Team Russia Fedor Fedorov

Former Hartford Wolf Pack defensemen (and current New York Rangers) Fedor Tyutin and Maxim Kondratiev, as well as current Wolf Pack forward Fedor Fedorov, are on the list that is being submitted to the 2006 Olympic committee on Monday of the 77 candidates for the Russian Olympic hockey team.

Other players of note on the list include goaltenders Evgeni Nabokov and Nikolai Khabibulin, defensemen Darius Kasparaitis, Sergei Gonchar, Sergei Zubov, Oleg Tverdovsky, Alexei Zhitnik, and Igor Ulanov, and forwards Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Semin, Alexander Ovechkin, Maxim Afinogenov, Sergei Fedorov, Alex Kovalev, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Samsonov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Mogilny, and Sergei Brylin.

There was talk from the Russian coaches that this year's team might be made up of 55% NHL players and 45% Russian Super League players, but the list looks far heavier with NHL players to me. Off the top of my head, one name that sticks out for not being on the list is Ruslan Fedotenko, whatever that's worth. For a complete and fully translated list (which I'm too lazy to do at this point), keep an eye on Russian Hockey Digest, as I presume they'll be posting it soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Fedotenko Ukrainian? I can't remember the byzantine IIHF rules for different citizenships but I think past play with Team Ukraine keeps him off the Russian list.

10/24/05, 8:44 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

You're right, Fedotenko is Ukranian. The fine line that separates Russian-born players and those born in any of the former Soviet Republics is a distinction that I shouldn't be blurring, but I did anyway.

I think you're right in thinking that the eligibility has to do with whether or not a player has played on any other national teams. Darius Kasparaitis is Lithuanian, for example (a former Soviet Republic, but not strictly Russia), yet he plays for Russia.

10/25/05, 8:13 PM

Blogger Brushback said...


Here's an analysis and prediction on what the final roster will be, from Russian Hockey Digest.

10/25/05, 10:39 PM


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