Evgeny Kuznetsov to Play In Outdoor Game

The 2012 Finland Winter Classic drew a crowd of 34,264 despite being played in -10 degree weather. (Photo credit: Matti Korpi, Jokerit.com with more photos)

Team Russia, led by Evgeny Kuznetsov, will play in an outdoor game in Helsinki tomorrow as part of the Oddset Hockey Games tournament in Sweden in the third round of EuroHockeyTour, an annual four-round competition between leading European hockey nations Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.

Team Russia is set to play against Finland in the outdoor Helsinki Olympic Stadium on February 9th as part of the ongoing SM-Liiga Winter Classic festivities. Local rivals HIFK and Jokerit played a game in the stadium on Saturday, which HIFK won, 3-2 in overtime. Five of the players who participated in Saturday’s game will play for Finland tomorrow, three from Jokerit and two from HIFK.

Russia will be missing some of their best players, including KHL goal and point leader Alexander Radulov, who has been given the tournament off in order to rest. Finland will be working with an imperfect roster as well with the biggest name in their line-up being former Whaler, Hurricane, and Flyer Sami Kapenen. [Ed. Note: Kapanen recently pulled out of the tournament.] NHL top prospect and HIFK star Mikael Granlund, who played in the Winter Classic, will not participate.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – just named Athlete of the Month by Russia-2 TV fan voting – talked to Sports.ru after today’s training session in an arena near the Olympic Stadium. During practice, Kuznetsov was played at center on Team Russia’s first line.

First training in Finland was OK. I didn’t hear that they were planning to play me with other linemates, so I feel pretty comfortably alongside Stanislav Chistov [Ed. Note - Chistov is Kuznetsov's linemate in KHL's Traktor as well] and Nikolai Zherdev. Overall, all of our lines are very solid. There are players who can score and those who can help out the defense in every line. I wouldn’t say that we’re the first, go-to line.

Last time I played outdoors was in Traktor school. We had some home games, went to games to Chebarkul. Of course, it was a long time ago. I have to say, the cold doesn’t scare me. Today we played indoors and I can’t say it was hot.

It’s great there will be more than 30,000 people in attendance. We play in front of sell-out croud in Chelyabinsk. But the biggest attendance I played in front of is on the World Juniors in Canada. There was 19,000 people there. And that wasn’t a problem, I still felt confidently.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast for Helsinki can be found here, it will be, well… pretty cold. Puck drop is tomorrow at 11:30 AM EST. You can watch it online here.

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  • http://twitter.com/Valtard Valtteri Kivinen

    I’ll be there. Pretty excited to see Kuznetsov play hehe. (also, Kapanen isn’t playing, few guys cancelled. So Finnish roster is actually pretty bad compared to the Russians)

  • http://twitter.com/FedFedRMNB Fe(yo)dor Fedin

    Thanks, Valtsy (great nickname, no?.. nevermind). You need to learn me Finnish so I can stay up-to-date.

  • http://twitter.com/Valtard Valtteri Kivinen
  • http://twitter.com/FedFedRMNB Fe(yo)dor Fedin

    And yeah, that’s exactly how proffessional hockey players look. Kuzya, never change.

  • Tiago Cardoso

    Oddset Hockey Games 2012 – 
    Swedish leg of the Euro Hockey Tour 2011–12

    February 9, 2012 – 18:30 – Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
    Finland X Russia

    February 9, 2012 – 19:00 – Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
    Czech Republic X Sweden  

    February 11, 2012 – 12:00 – Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
    Finland X Czech Republic

    February 11, 2012 – 16:30 – Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
    Sweden X Russia

    February 12, 2012 – 12:00 – Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
    Russia X Czech Republic

    February 12, 2012 – 16:30 – Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
    Sweden X Finland

    EHT Total Standings after 2 Tournaments
    Rk Club……….GP.W.OTW.OTL.L.GF:GA.TP
    01 Russia………6.3…1…1.1.16:11.12
    02 Sweden………6.3…0…0.3.16:19.09
    03 Czech Republic 6.2…1…0.3.16:14.08
    04 Finland……..6.2…0…1.3.13:17.07

    94 Players – 47 players from KHL

    9 – SKA Saint Petersburg
    7 – Atlant Mytischi
    5 – Traktor Chelyabinsk
    5 – Metallurg Magnitogorsk
    5 – Severstal Cherepovets
    3 – Avangard Omsk
    3 – Barys Astana
    2 – Dynamo Moscow
    2 – Salavat Yulaev Ufa
    2 – CSKA Moscow
    1 – Ak Bars Kazan
    1 – Dinamo Minsk
    1 – Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
    1 – Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

    Team Russia´s roster – 25/25 players from KHL
    30 – G – Konstantin Barulin – Atlant Mytischi
    01 – G – Mikhail Biryukov – Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
    20 – G – Ilya Yezhov – SKA St. Petersburg
    03 – D – Andrei Zubarev – Atlant Mytischi
    05 – D – Ilya  Nikulin – AK Bars Kazan    
    09 – D – Ivan Vishnevski – Atlant Mytischi
    44 – D – Nikolai Belov – Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
    48 – D – Yevgeni Biryukov – Metallurg Magnitogorsk 
    73 – D – Maksim Chudinov – Severstal Cherepovets
    77 – D – Anton Belov – Avangard Omsk
    81 – D – Alexander Ryazantsev – Traktor Chelyabinsk
    10 – F – Viktor Tikhonov – SKA St. Petersburg
    13 – F – Ivan Nepryayev – SKA St. Petersburg
    23 – F – Stanislav Chistov – Traktor Chelyabinsk
    29 – F – Yegor Averin – Avangard Omsk
    38 – F – Ilya Zubov – CSKA Moscow
    39 – F – Maxim  Rybin – SKA St. Petersburg
    40 – F – Sergei Kalinin – Avangard Omsk
    52 – F – Sergei Shirokov – CSKA Moscow
    71 – F – Anton Burdasov – Traktor Chelyabinsk
    76 – F – Yevgeni Artyukhin – SKA St. Petersburg
    87 – F – Vadim Shchipachev – Severstal Cherepovets
    91 – F – Vladimir Tarasenko – SKA St. Petersburg
    92 – F – Yevgeni Kuznetsov – Traktor Chelyabinsk
    93 – F – Nikolai Zherdev – Atlant Mytischi 

    Team Sweden´s roster – 5/23 players from KHL
    04 – D – Staffan Kronwall – Severstal Cherepovets
    09 – F – Tony Martensson – SKA St. Petersburg
    19 – F – Patrik Zackrisson – Atlant Mytischi
    71 – F – Jonas Andersson – Atlant Mytischi
    80 – F – Mattias Weinhandl – SKA St. Petersburg

    Team Czech Republic´s roster – 9/23 players from KHL
    23 – D – Ondrej Nemec – Severstal Cherepovets
    87 – D – Jakub Nakladal – Salavat Yulaev Ufa
    12 – F – Jiri Novotny – Barys Astana
    20 – F – Jakub Klepis – Dynamo Moscow
    22 – F – Lukas Kaspar – Barys Astana
    24 – F – Zbynek Irgl – Dynamo Minsk
    28 – F – Kamil Kreps – Barys Astana
    60 – F – Tomas Rolinek – Metallurg Magnitogorsk
    73 – F – Petr Prucha – SKA St. Petersburg

    Team Finland´s roster – 8/23 players from KHL
    30 – G – Ari Ahonen – Metallurg Magnitogorsk
    05 – D – Lasse Kukkonen – Metallurg Magnitogorsk
    21 – D – Janne Niskala – Atlant Mytischi
    41 – D – Pasi Puistola – Severstal Cherepovets
    27 – F – Petri Kontiola – Traktor Chelyabinsk
    40 – F – Antti Pihlstrom – Salavat Yulaev Ufa
    50 – F – Juhamatti Aaltonen – Metallurg Magnitogorsk
    71 – F – Leo Komarov – Dynamo Moscow

    KHL League Standings / KHL Conference Standings West & East 
    2011-2012 Regular Season
    8 games remaining – KHL Gagarin Cup Playoffs 2012

    01/01 E – Traktor Chelyabinsk
    02/01 W – SKA Saint Petersburg
    03/03 W – Dynamo Moscow
    04/03 E – Metallurg Magnitogorsk
    05/04 E – Ak Bars Kazan
    06/02 W – Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 
    07/02 E – Salavat Yulaev Ufa
    08/04 W – Severstal Cherepovets
    09/05 E – Avangard Omsk
    10/05 W – Dinamo Minsk
    11/06 E – Barys Astana
    12/06 W – Atlant Mytischi
    13/07 E – Amur Khabarovsk
    14/08 E – Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
    15/07 W – Dinamo Riga
    16/09 E – Metallurg Novokuznetsk
    17/08 W – CSKA Moscow
    18/10 E – Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
    19/09 W – Spartak Moscow
    20/11 E – Sibir Novosibirsk
    21/10 W – Lev Poprad
    22/11 W – Vityaz Chekhov
    23/12 E – Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg

  • http://www.facebook.com/Robbm89 Robert Mattsson

    The Finnish roster could be worse but hopefully they’ll get their shit together with these guys.

  • Tiago Cardoso

    Finland  0 X 2 Russia1st period – 19:17 – Stanislav Chistov goal(Kuznetsov, Zherdev assist)3rd period – 46:32 – Evgeny Kuznetsov PP goal(Nikulin assist)