Washington Capitals star and Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin leads the list of 18 NHL players who were among the 35 players announced Monday as invitees to the Russian Olympic orientation camp.
The camp will be held Aug. 23-24 in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Among those invited to the camp are 13 who played on the 2010 Olympic team that lost in the quarterfinals to Canada. Ovechkin had two goals and two assists in four games at the Games in Vancouver.
Also returning from that team are goalies Evgeni Nabokov (New York Islanders and Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche); defensemen Sergei Gonchar (Dallas Stars), Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens), Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan); Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Anton Volchenkov (New Jersey Devils); and forwards Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings); Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA St. Petersburg), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Alexander Radulov (CSKA) and Alexander Semin (Carolina Hurricanes).
One player from 2010 whose name is glaring by its absence is that of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who had his contract bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers and has yet to sign with a new team. In two games in 2010, Bryzgalov went 0-1 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.
Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets will join Nabokov and Varlamov at the camp. They'll be joined by Kontinental Hockey League goalies Konstantin Barulin of Ak Bars Kazan and Vasily Koschechkin of Severstal Cherepovets.
The Russian team will be coached by Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, who led his country to gold at the 2012 IIHF World Championships.
RUSSIAN MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ORIENTATION CAMP ROSTER
Goaltenders: Konstantin Barulin (Ak Bars Kazan), Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus), Vasily Koschechkin, *Evgeni Nabokov (N.Y. Islanders), *Semyon Varlamov (Colorado)
Defensemen: Evgeny Biryukov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Denis Denisov (SKA St. Petersburg), Alexei Emelin (Montreal), *Sergei Gonchar (Dallas), *Andrei Markov (Montreal), Evgeny Medvedev (Ak Bars Kazan), Nikita Nikitin (Columbus), *Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan), Evgeny Ryasensky (CSKA Moscow), *Fedor Tyutin (Columbus), *Anton Volchenkov (New Jersey), Slava Voynov (Los Angeles).
Forwards: Artem Anisimov (Columbus), *Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), Denis Kokarev (Dynamo Moscow), *Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA St. Petersburg), Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto), Evgeny Kuznetsov (Traktor Chelyabinsk), *Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh), *Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Alexander Perezhogin (Avangard Omsk), Alexander Popov (Avangard Omsk), *Alexander Radulov (CSKA), *Alexander Semin (Carolina), Vadim Shipachev (Severstal Cherepovets), Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis), Alexei Tereshchenko (Ak Bars Kazan), Viktor Tikhonov (SKA St. Petersburg), Mikhail Varnakov (SKA St. Petersburg), Nail Yakupov (Edmonton).
*- played on 2010 Olympic team
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