The world championship in hockey with a puck in 2014 will take place in the Belarusian capital.
The tournament will be held from 9 to 25 May.
Team Russia as a result of the draw fell into the group B. Its rivals in the preliminary stage will be the team of the United States, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Latvia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
The championship will be held in two arenas: "Chizhovka-Arena" and "Minsk-Arena". The Russian national team will play in the second stage at the preliminary stage.
The championship will be attended by 16 nationalTeams: 13 from the Old World, 2 from North America and 1 from Asia. The national team of Kazakhstan and Italy went to the championship from the first division, the remaining teams - from the top division. The same teams took part in the championship of 2012, in which the champions became the Russians.
What hockey players were in the Russian national team at the 2014 World Cup
Coaching staff of the Russian team, led byNew coach Oleg Znarok has already announced an extended squad for the pre-World Championship qualifiers. It included 36 players. The training camp will begin on April 6, that is, the team will have exactly a month to "mop up" and prepare. Hockey squad will train at the base in Novogorsk, that in the suburbs.
Oleg Znarok included in the 8 players of the KazanClub "Ak Bars", 7 players from St. Petersburg SKA and 5 hockey players of the capital "Dynamo". By the way, the new coach of the team twice led Dynamo to victory in the Gagarin Cup.
Russian national ice hockey team at the 2014 World Cup: goalkeepers
Protect the gates of the Russian national team at the championshipIn Minsk there will be Emil Garipov, Stanislav Galimov, Alexander Eremenko. The latter plays for Dynamo, Garipov defends the goal of Ak Bars, and Galimov - Atlanta.
Russian national hockey team 2014: defenders
In the role of defenders in Minsk will be MikhailGrigoryev (Torpedo), Nikita Zaitsev and Denis Denisov (both CSKA Moscow), Evgeny Ryasensky, Dmitry Kalinin and Maxim Chudinov (all SKA), Andrei Mironov and Gleb Koryagin (both Dynamo), Ilya Nikulin, Evgeni Medvedev and Vasily Tokranov (All "Ak Bars"), Alexander Kutuzov ("Siberia"), Roman Rukavishnikov ("Atlant").
Russian national hockey team 2014: forwards
In the role of forwards at the World Cup 2014 will perform VladimirGalusin (Torpedo), Mikhail Varnakov, Alexander Burmistrovov, Alexander Svitov and Kirill Petrov (all Ak Bars), Anton Glinkin (Tractor), Ilya Zubov (Admiral), Yevgeny Dadonov (Donbass) Sergei Shirokov and Sergei Kalinin (both Avangard), Maxim Pestushko and Maxim Karpov (both Dynamo), Vadim Shipachev, Viktor Tikhonov, Artemy Panarin (all SKA), Enver Lisin and Nikolai Prokhorkin (both CSKA Moscow), Dmitry Kugryshev "Siberia"), Fedor Malykhin ("Motorist").
It is worth noting that Oleg Znarok included inExtended list and Ilya Kovalchuk. However, the hockey player hastened to refuse to participate in the World Cup. His decision, he motivated the injury, which is to operate. In addition, there are no hockey players on the list, who are currently continuing to fight for the Gagarin Cup. Znarok noted that every hockey player from the expanded list has a chance to go to Minsk and defend the honor of the national team. It remains to wish the boys good luck!