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Friday, December 23, 2005

The Russian Olympic Team

Don't Bogue My High
Evgeni Malkin throwing the puck on net against Avangard, with
Fedor Fedorov (81) trying to stay out of the way in the middle

Russia names its Olympic Roster (Russian Hockey Digest):

Nikolai Khabibulin (Chicago Blackhawks)
Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose Sharks)
Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)

Darius Kasparaitis (New York Rangers)
Sergei Gonchar (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Alexei Zhitnik (New York Islanders)
Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa Senators)
Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens)
Danil Markov (Nashville Predators)
Fedor Tyutin (New York Rangers)
Dmitri Bykov (Dynamo Moscow)

Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers)
Alexei Yashin (New York Islanders)
Alexei Kovalev (Montreal Canadiens)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Viktor Kozlov (New Jersey Devils)
Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres)
Alexei Zhamnov (Boston Bruins)
Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles Kings)
Evgeni Malkin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Maxim Sushinsky (Dynamo Moscow)
Aleksandr Kharitonov (Dynamo Moscow)

A few days earlier, Russian Hockey Digest had given their predictions about which players would be on the team, and gave an overview of some of the players.

Addendum: Apparently, announcing the Russian line-up isn't as important to TSN as getting in another Sidney Crosby reference:

"Sidney Crosby won't be in Turin but his closest rival for NHL Rookie of the Year honours, Alexander Ovechkin, has been named to Russia's 2006 Olympic hockey team." *barf*

Canadian Press story

Also, according to this story in Sport Express, the Russians have named 8 spares to their Olympic team (not 3 alternates, as every other country seems to be doing):

Goaltender Maxim Sokolov (SKA-St. Petersburg), defensemen Vitaly Vishnevski (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) and Maxim Kondratiev (New York Rangers), and forwards Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks), Sergei Brylin (New Jersey Devils), Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan), Andrei Taratukhin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl), and Aleksandr Korolyuk (Vityaz Chekhov).