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Russia U20 squad for the 2022 World Junior Championship

14.12.2021
The coaching staff of the under 20 Russian national team has revealed the roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

These following players will travel to Canada tomorrow:

Goalkeepers: Yaroslav Askarov (SKA), Yegor Guskov (Lokomotiv), Maxim Motorygin (CSK VVS).

Defensemen: Vladimir Grudinin (CSKA), Kirill Kirsanov, Arseniy Koromyslov, Nikita Smirnov (all SKA), Shakir Mukhamadullin (Salavat Yulaev), Nikita Novikov (Dynamo Moscow), Yegor Savikov (Spartak), Kirill Steklov (Vityaz).

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

Friendly matches will be held against Germany (December 19) and Canada (December 22) before the tournament subsequently begins at 00:30 Moscow time on December 27 against Sweden.

Russia U20 group stage schedule:

December 27, 00:30*, Russia - Sweden
December 28, 00:30, Russia - Switzerland
December 30, 00:30, Slovakia - Russia
January 1, 05:30, USA - Russia

*All times in accordance with Moscow time

Head coach Sergei Zubov:

- It was a tough decision to make. We held an individual conversation with each player who left our group, thanking all of them for their efforts. Ivan Miroshnichenko wasn't picked? He isn't in the best physical condition at the moment. We haven't chosen any players from the North American leagues? We were watching Yan Kuznetsov and Daniil Chayka, but we came to the conclusion that the players who have been training with us here in Russia are stronger defensively. The strongest players have been picked.

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