In a move that surprises absolutely no one, Alex Ovechkin, the world’s best scorer, has been named to the Russian Olympic team. The Capitals Captain is also a goodwill ambassador for the Sochi games, though he’s not sure what that means either.
Not on the Russian roster are Alex Semin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. The latter is a Caps prospect who delayed his NHL career for two seasons in hopes of making the Olympic team for Sochi.
Sergei Bobrovski, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Alexander Yeryomenko, Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Anton Belov, Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Yevgeni Medvedev, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS)
Nikita Nikitin, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Ilya Nikulin, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS)
Fyodor Tyutin, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Vyacheslav Voinov, Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Alexei Yemelin, Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Artyom Anisimov, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Denis Kokarev, Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Ilya Kovalchuk, SKA St. Petersburg (RUS)
Nikolai Kulyomin, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Yevgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars (NHL)
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (NHL)
Andrei Popov, Avangard Omsk (RUS)
Alexander Radulov, CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Sergei Soin, Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Alexei Tereshchenko, Ak Bars Kazan (RUS)
Viktor Tikhonov, SKA St. Petersburg (RUS)
We’ll have more soon.
Press release from the Capitals:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 7, 2014
Alex Ovechkin Named to Russian Olympic Team
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will represent Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Team Russia announced the team’s 25-man roster today.
Ovechkin, 28, will be making his third Olympic appearance. The 6’3”, 235-pound forward earned all-tournament honors at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, and tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in four games at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. The son of a two-time women’s basketball gold medalist with the USSR, Ovechkin has represented Russia in three World Junior Championships (2003, 2004, 2005), nine World Championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and the World Cup of Hockey (2004). In his two previous Winter Olympics appearances, Ovechkin has registered nine points (seven goals, two assists) in 12 games.
The Moscow native scored his 400th NHL goal on Dec. 20 against Carolina to become the sixth fastest player in NHL history to reach that milestone. Ovechkin has collected 43 points (31 goals, 12 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 40 games this season. He ranks first in the NHL in goals (31), power-play goals (12) and shots (225), second in power-play points (23), tied for ninth in game-winning goals (4) and 12th in points (43). Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Ovechkin leads all players in goals, points, power-play goals, power-play points and game-winning goals.
Ovechkin joins Capitals teammates Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden) and John Carlson (United States) in representing their respective countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics.