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Two Caps join Russia

Two Caps join Russia

Kuznetsov, Orlov come; Ovechkin doesn’t

Published 11.05.2017 18:16 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
Two Caps join Russia
Yevgeni Kuznetsov was part of the Russian team that won bronze on home ice in Moscow last year. Photo: Andre Ringuette
Yevgeni Kuznetsov and Dmitri Orlov will join the Russian national team at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship it was announced by the team.

Defenceman Dmitri Orlov and forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov will join the Russian national team in Cologne after the Washington Capitals have lost Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For Orlov it will be the third World Championship and for Kuznetsov the fifth. Kuznetsov was third in scoring with the Caps both in the regular season and the post-season.

The coaching staff contacted the three Russian players who were willing to attend. However, Alexander Ovechkin informed the staff that although he doesn’t want to let the team down and usually comes at the first call, he can’t come this time due to a lower-body injury and having played the playoffs with painkillers.

Russia currently has three goaltenders and 19 skaters registered on the roster, which means that three more skaters can be added.


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