The best Russian hockey players
"Real men play hockey." The lines of the song, created during the Soviet era, familiar to millions of people. Indeed, ice hockey - one of the most severe, potentially dangerous, but also the most spectacular, exciting sports. A team of the USSR, which was the successor of the Russian national team, became famous victories in the competitions of the highest level. Therefore, many Russians perceived it painful defeat against Team Canada at the last Olympics in Vancouver. They are waiting for a rematch in Sochi. And who will be part of our hockey team?
The provisional list of candidates, of course, the final part of the hockey team is out of the question. However, head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov turned on the preliminary list of candidates for 35 players, of which 5 goalkeepers, 12 defenders and 18 forwards. Goalkeeper Russia can become the following athletes: Konstantin Barulin, who plays for the club "Ak Bars", Vasily Koshechkin of Magnitogorsk "Metallurgist" Semen Varlamov ( "Colorado Avalanche"), Sergei Bobrowski ( "Columbus Blue Jackets"), Evgeni Nabokov ( " New York Islanders "). The list of defense included: Evgeny Biryukov, Anton Volchenkov, Sergei Gonchar, Vyacheslav Voinov, Alexei Emelin, Denis Denisov, Andrei Markov, Ilya Nikulin, Yevgeny Ryasensky, Evgeny Medvedev, Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin. 5 players play in the KHL clubs, 7 - NHL teams. List of forwards Mikhail Varnakov, Alexei Tereshchenko, Pavel Datsyuk, Artem Anisimov, Viktor Tikhonov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Denis Kokarev, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Vadim Shchipachev, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin, Nikolai Kulemin, Alexander Popov, Alexander Perezhogin, Alexander Radulov, Vladimir Tarasenko Alexander Semin, Nail Yakupov. 10 players play for clubs KHL, 8 - for NHL clubs. Possible changes in the list of many hockey fans probably noticed that you do not see Ilya Bryzgalov, who was the main goalkeeper of Russia, as well as the top scorer in the KHL Alexei Morozov. Most likely, this is due to their not very successful game in the previous Olympic Games. But we can not exclude the fact that they still will be part of the team. In addition, in light of possible injuries of leading players (from which nobody is safe, especially in such a hard sport like ice hockey), coaches the Russian national team and probably have a reserve list of candidates.