Russian ladies named

Hosts announce Sochi roster


Iya Gavrilova is one of the Russian bronze medalists from the 2013 Women's Worlds to make the Sochi team. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images

ZURICH – Russia has named the 21 players tasked with bringing a medal to the host nation at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games’ women’s ice hockey tournament.

As expected, the Tornado Moscow Region women’s hockey club will be well represented in Sochi. Eight players from that team will be on the national squad. Tornado forwards Tatyana Burina, Iya Gavrilova, and Yekaterina Smolentseva, will be counted on to pace the Russian offence.

Defenceman Anna Shibanova, who collected four points in six games while scoring the game-winning goal in the bronze medal game of last year’s Women’s Worlds, should provide a scoring threat on the blue line for the Russians.

Nadezdha Alexandrova, who was selected as the Directorate Top Goaltender at the 2013 Women’s World Championship, was a notable omission from the Sochi roster due to pregnancy. The likely starting netminder would be Anna Prugova, who was on the Vancouver 2010 roster but only saw one game.

Goalkeepers: Yulia Leskina, Spartak-Merkuri Yekaterinburg (RUS) Anna Prugova, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Anna Vinogradova, Fakel Chelyabinsk (RUS) Defencemen: Inna Dyubanok, Agidel Ufa (RUS) Angelina Goncharenko, Agidel Ufa (RUS) Alexandra Kapustina, SKIF Nizhni Novgorod (RUS) Alyona Khomich, Agidel Ufa (RUS) Anna Shibanova, Agidel Ufa (RUS) Anna Shukina, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Svetlana Tkachyova, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Forwards: Tatyana Burina, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Yelena Dergachyova, Agidel Ufa (RUS) Iya Gavrilova, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Yekaterina Lebedeva, Fakel Chelyabinsk (RUS) Yekaterina Pashkevich, Agidel Ufa (RUS) Anna Shokhina, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Galina Skiba, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Yekaterina Smolentseva, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Yekaterina Smolina, Tornado Moscow Region (RUS) Olga Sosina, SKIF Nizhni Novgorod (RUS) Alexandra Vafina, Fakel Chelyabinsk (RUS)




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