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For the first time in their respective careers, Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov will all play together on Russia’s national team. As first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov, Ovechkin announced the news after the conclusion of the Caps’ season-ending shootout loss to the Lightning.

The World Championships, which will be held this year in Minsk, Belarus, begin on May 9th and end May 25th.

Team Russia, who did not medal in the Sochi Olympics, also did not medal in last year’s World Championships held in Finland. Ovechkin played only one game last year, Russia’s 8-3 quarterfinals loss to the United States. He scored a goal and was named the team’s best player, despite a broken foot. The year before in 2012, Russia won the whole dang tournament. Ovechkin and Kuznetsov were both on that roster.

The 22-year-old Orlov, who finished the year as the Caps second best defenseman in terms of puck possession, will represent Russia at the (all ages) World Championships for the first time in his career.

The last time he played for his country was in the Under-20 2011 World Championships held in Canada. Orlov played with fellow 18-year-old Evgeny Kuznetsov. The two won gold together.

  • Anthony Elworthy/scrubversive

    By their powers combined, they are Captain Dimitry Ovechnetsov!

  • JenniferH

    Something to look forward to! 🙂

  • Lawrence

    Anyone else more excited about this than the nhl playoffs this year?

  • Canberra_Alex

    there is only one thing is better that hockey – more hockey

  • Fedor

    Pretty sure Grabo is gonna be there, too. Don’t think Canada or US will be using Olympians, so Alzner and Holtby could get the call, they might as well use more youngsters. Other possibles: Backstrom, Johansson, Grubauer (if Bears exit early).

  • Shaun Phillips

    Judging from Mojo’s arm in a sling, I don’t think he’ll be playing hockey anytime soon.

  • Fedor

    Oh yeah, I forgot about his injury.

  • yv

    Just to point out that first time Ovis participation in WC has been announced by Arkady Rotenberg on April 12 (http://en.rsport.ru/hockey/20140412/742637834.html). That seems a little awkward considering that AR under the US sanctions list announced on March 20.

  • yv

    And that’s how serious those sanctions are from today’s news (http://en.rsport.ru/auto/20140414/742954621.html)

  • TaurusPT111

    If yesterday’s closer with Tampa is any indication, they won’t get past round 1.

  • Semintheghost

    Do you think Green will be on team Canada? I hope Russia also picks Dimitry Kulikov.