Man, now THAT is a reason to be excited about the IIHF World Championships. When Maxim Afinogenov did not sign with the Thrashers this season, it was a huge let down to say the least. I think that he left a huge hole that was not filled and could have been the extra boost the Atlanta Thrashers needed to still be in this today…ok, maybe not to the second round of the playoffs…but with a much more positive end to the season than we had. To see that he is going to be on Team Russia again is wonderful news!
With only 4 current NHL players, following is Russia’s roster:
Nikolai Kulyomin – Toronto Maple Leafs
Illya Kovalchuk – NJ Devils
And for the Goaltending:
I have seen multiple sites stating that Alexander Burmistrov with the Atlanta Thrashers, has also made the team, but I do not see him on the roster updated as of today.
The games start TOMORROW, just after Prince William and Princess-to-be Kate say ‘I Do’.
The full schedule can be found here
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