The hockey team of the ”Olympic Athletes from Russia” at the Pyeongchang Games has been revealed early on Thursday, and as many fans expected former National Hockey League star players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk will lead the club.
It will be the fifth Olympics for both Datsyuk and Kovalchuk, who will be on a team drawn entirely from the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League.
Some of you may remember one of the active player on that same roster, for his controversial case off the ice: former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who left the NHL following his arrest on felony domestic violence charges in 2014, has made the team.
The full roster:
Vasily Koshechkin, Ilya Sorokin and Igor Shestyorkin.
Vladislav Gavrikov, Dinar Khafizullin, Bogdan Kiselevich, Alexei Marchenko, Nikita Nesterov, Slava Voyno,v Artyom Zub and Andrei Zubarev.
Sergei Andronov, Alexander Barabanov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Gusev, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kablukov, Sergei Kalinin, Kirill Kaprizov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Mozyakin, Nikolai Prokhorkin, Ivan Telegin, Vadim Shipachyov and Sergei Shirokov.
One HUGE omission!
One name looks to be missing on the list, and you better believe that hockey fans across the world have noticed. The one name that seems is to be missing is former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov.
While fans were already aware and somewhat ready for the omission as Markov wasn’t even submitted as an option for the team to select in their initial list to the IOC, it still remains shocking. The 39-year-old can clearly still play as he has tallied 31 points in 53 games this season, good for fifth in the KHL and more than any other Russian defenseman.
Other former NHLers did not make the cut...
When Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burmistrov retired from the NHL to continue his career in the Kontinental Hockey League on Christmas, many expected him to have made the move to be able to take part in the Olympics. However, he is not on the final roster.
Another young former Canucks blue liner Nikita Tryamkin has not made the cut either. It is also quite surprising that young winger Valeri Nichushkin, who left the Dallas Stars to play in the KHL, is not on the roster.
Former Boston Bruins Alexander Khokhlachev, who is also sixth amongst KHL scorers, has been passed on too.
Who else did you expect to make the team and is not on the final roster?