Changes to the Russia U20 coaching staff

Sergei Zubov has been named the head coach of the under 20 Russian national team, with Oleg Bratash now working as the team's senior coach.

Sergei Zubov:

- I am ready to work in this role at the World Junior Championship. I think that our coaching staff has enough knowledge and experience to work at such a large tournament, we have a talented team and we're preparing for the competition.

Oleg Bratash:

- In order to effectively prepare for the World Junior Championship, Sergei Zubov has been declared the team's head coach. At the tournament we will speak a lot with the organisers, there will be a strict COVID-19 protocol, and Sergei speaks English as a result of his experience of living in North America. Furthermore, he has coached in the KHL. These aren't major changes.

Coaching staff for the 2022 World Junior Championship:

Head coach: Sergei Zubov
Senior coach: Oleg Bratash
Coaches: Alexander Titov, Vladimir Filatov
Goalkeeping coach: Andrei Komissarov
Consulant coach: Oleg Znarok
Physical conditioning coaches: Yury Zhdanov, Kevin Chapman

The team will gather in Novogorsk on December 1. After undergoing medical tests, the players will train between the 4th and 14th of December, with a friendly match against Vityaz Podolsk scheduled to take place. Two friendly games will subsequently be played in Canada after travelling there on December 15.

Preliminary roster for the training camp:

Goalkeepers: Yaroslav Askarov (SKA), Yegor Guskov (Lokomotiv), Zakhar Vinogradov (Buran), Maxim Motorygin (CSK VVS)

Defensemen: Shakir Mukhamadullin (Salavat Yulaev), Kirill Kirsanov, Nikita Smirnov, Arseniy Koromyslov (all SKA), Yegor Savikov (Spartak), Vladimir Grudinin, Daniil Kuzmin, Nikolai Makarov (all CSKA), Roman Romanov (Lokomotiv), Timofey Davydov (Avangard), Nikita Novikov (Dynamo Moscow), Maxim Fedotov (Torpedo).

Forwards: Nikita Chibrikov, Marat Khusnutdinov, Matvei Michkov, Kirill Tankov, Semyon Demidov, Fyodor Svechkov, Ilya Ivantsov (all SKA), Danila Yurov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Alexander Pashin (Salavat Yulaev), Ivan Miroshnichenko (Avangard), Pavel Tyutnev (Lokomotiv), Ivan Didkovsky, Bogdan Trineev (both Dynamo Moscow), Ivan Zinchenko (Vityaz), Nikita Guslistov (Severstal), Kirill Melnichenko (Sochi), Dmitry Zlodeev, Vasily Ponomaryov (both Spartak).

The 2022 World Junior Championship will take place in Canada between December 26 and January 5.

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