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Kovalchuk leads Russian world championship roster

Tuesday, 04.30.2013 / 3:53 PM ET / News
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Kovalchuk leads Russian world championship roster

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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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