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Kovalchuk leads Russian world championship roster

Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 3:53 PM / News
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Kovalchuk leads Russian world championship roster
According to RIA Novosti, Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils has been named to Russia\'s preliminary roster for the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

The defending world champions will have a number of familiar faces returning to their squad in 2013, but they'll also be adding one of hockey's biggest names.

According to RIA Novosti, Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils has been named to Russia's preliminary roster for the 2013 IIHF World Championship, which begins May 3 in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Kovalchuk will be the biggest name on a roster that currently features 12 players from the 2012 team that won gold with a 6-2 win in the championship game against Slovakia. NHL superstars Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk - who helped lead Russia to championship gold last year - won't be back on the national team this time, unless their teams lose in the opening round of the playoffs and they decide to join mid-tournament.

But returnees will include goaltender Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov and longtime Avangard Omsk forward Alexander Popov.

Kovalchuk and Varlamov are among the few NHL players on a preliminary roster currently made up primarily of players from the Kontinental Hockey League. Other NHL players on the Russian roster include Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers and Andrei Loktionov of the New Jersey Devils as well as Artem Anisimov and Fedor Trytin of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kovalchuk and Bryzgalov played together on the 2009 squad that also won world championship gold. Last year's squad cruised to the world title, posting a plus-30 goal differential in 10 tournament games. Russia has won three of the past five World Championship tournaments and finished second to the Czech Republic in 2010.

RUSSIA PRELIMINARY ROSTER

Goalies
Ilya Bryzgalov
Semyon Varlamov
Vasily Koshechkin
Konstantin Barulin

Defense
Fedor Tyutin
Anton Belov
Evgeny Biryukov
Evgeny Ryasenky
Denis Denisov
Jakub Rylov
Nikita Zaitsev
Ilya Nikulin

Forwards
Ilya Kovalchuk
Artem Anisimov
Andrei Loktionov
Alexander Radulov
Sergei Mozyakin
Alexander Popov
Evgeni Kuznetsov
Alexander Svitov
Viktor Tikhonov
Denis Kokarev
Alexei Tereschenko
Alexander Perezhogin
Sergei Soin
Egor Averin
Kirill Petrov
Vadim Shipachev

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 43 10 17 -1 27
J. Jagr 46 10 16 -12 26
M. Cammalleri 38 16 7 -2 23
P. Elias 40 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 50 4 16 -8 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
S. Gomez 26 4 13 -6 17
S. Bernier 35 8 8 3 16
T. Zajac 42 8 8 -6 16
M. Havlat 32 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 2 3 3 .919 2.34
C. Schneider 17 19 5 .922 2.36