Beijing 2022 : On the eve of the public became the composition of the Russian hockey team for the upcoming Olympic Games 2022. At the same time, as head coach Alexei Zhamnov and team manager Ilya Kovalchuk emphasize, not only those 25 players who are likely to be included in the application will go to Beijing, but also six substitutes – each of more than three dozen is ready to go on the ice, substitutions can be made at any time.
The announcement of 31 names, in fact, came down to the fact that it was necessary to calculate 6 hockey players who were not included in the squad. They turned out to be Yaroslav Askarov, Dmitry Vishnevsky, Shakir Mukhamadullin, Daniil Pylenkov, Anton Burdasov, Artem Galimov… Everyone else has a chance to play at the hockey tournament in Beijing (it starts on February 9) are available. We will discuss the composition of the Russian national team with Channel One commentator Denis Kazansky, who, in fact, will soon go to China, where he will work at the Olympic Games.
– Do you understand the logic of our coaching staff?
— Yes, I understand. It is obvious that Zhamnov, Kovalchuk and other members of the staff, selecting the line-up, started from the style features of the hockey that we should see at the Olympic Games. In terms of defense and goalkeepers, in fact, there are no questions, in my opinion.
– But in the attack, according to some, there is not enough, for example, Burdasov or Tolchinsky …
– In the top 6, that is, in the first two links, they are not seen, there are other performers: just name Gusev … And the rest – the third and fourth – should work more than shine with a bright game. Yes, we get such a somewhat stingy creative team. But, apparently, the calculation is that this is how big tournaments are won.
– Yes, of the center forwards, only Shipachyov can be called the undisputed creator, isn’t it?
– But at the same time, I will draw your attention to something else: in almost every link, two people can play in the center, this is also a plus, you see. And the same Grigorenko can always come up with something if he is transferred there. No, we have no problems with the centers. Another thing is that in general we are not going to be favorites for the Olympic Games. The situation is not just different from 2018, but many times different. Then we had Datsyuk, Kaprizov, we were reinforced concrete contenders for victory … Now the squad is much less stellar.
– And who can compete?
– Yes, there are many people, but first of all, the Finns, who are bringing the most powerful team to Beijing, as well as Canadians: it is enough to name the 37-year-old Olympic champion Erik Staal, although there are plenty of young talents there. The Swedes – to a lesser extent, but also traditionally represent a formidable force.
– Well, I can’t help but ask about the premonitions that torment many: will the tournament be canceled at all in the current difficult pandemic situation, as happened recently with the World Youth Championship?
I don’t think there is a need to draw parallels here. In Canada, to be honest, they faced laxity in terms of anti-COVID measures: hockey players lived in hotels with ordinary visitors. No wonder it ended up like this. In Beijing, the severity of the corresponding protocol is completely different. I think everything will be fine there: for the Chinese, it is a matter of honor to have a good hockey tournament and the Olympic Games in general!
The composition of the Russian national team for the Games-2022 (the ones that are still on the list of substitutes are highlighted):
Goalkeepers: Alexander Samonov (SKA), Timur Bilyalov (Ak Bars), Ivan Fedotov (CSKA), Dmitry Shugaev ( Severstal) .
Defenders: Alexander Nikishin (Spartak), Vyacheslav Voinov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Yelesin (Lokomotiv), Artem Minulin, Yegor Yakovlev (both Metallurg), Nikita Nesterov (CSKA), Sergey Telegin ( “Tractor”), Semyon Chistyakov , Damir Sharipzyanov (both – “Vanguard”).
Forwards: Sergey Andronov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Pavel Karnaukhov, Sergey Plotnikov, Anton Slepyshev (all – CSKA), Artem Anisimov, Artur Kayumov (Lokomotiv), Nikita Gusev, Andrey Kuzmenko , Kirill Marchenko (all – SKA), Stanislav Galiev , Vadim Shipachev (both Dynamo Moscow), Dmitry Voronkov (both Ak Bars), Arseniy Gritsyuk, Kirill Semenov (both Avangard), Alexander Kadeikin (Salavat Yulaev), Vladimir Tkachev (Tractor ”), Andrey Chibisov (“Metallurg”).
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