2021 IIHF: Kazakhstan Men’s National Ice Hockey Team preview, live stream, statistics, roster, schedule and more

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Much noise is being made about Kazakhstan’s return to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship in 2021, and rightfully so. It’s been five years since the Kazakhs played in the tournament; reaching Latvia was the first step needed to chase a medal. The absence, however, means that there is a lot of inexperience in this environment, which may not bode well. Regardless, it should be entertaining to see how they grow through adversity.

 

Five years is a long time. While it was possible to return some players from the last team in 2016 Kazakhstan didn’t. Instead, they are rolling out a roster full of young players in their early 20s. Kazakhstan hasn’t reached the podium in program history, but that’s a long shot this year for a team that would call the playoffs an extreme success.

Tournament Details

DatesFriday, May 21 - Sunday, June 6, 2021
LocationRiga, Latvia
VenueOlympic Sports Centre and Arena Riga
ChannelNHL Network (USA), TSN (Canada)
Live StreamPremiumTV (Worldwide)

 

Preview

Kazakhstan has played spoiler early at the 2021 World Championship on their way to a 2-0 start in Latvia. In their first game, they had to handle a Latvian team that was entering high after upsetting Canada the night before. Kazakhstan took that one in a shootout. They then came back on Sunday and defeated Finland, who entered the tournament as the top-ranked team in the power rankings. If there’s a year for Kazakhstan to bottle some magic to make a medal run, this may be it.

 

2021 Kazakhstan IIHF World Championship Roster

NumberNamePositionClub
4Yegor ShalapovDefensemanBarys Nur-Sultan
9Jesse BlackerDefensemanBarys Nur-Sultan
10Nikita MikhailisForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
11Artyom LikhotnikovForwardTorpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
14Curtis ValkForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
15Yegor PetukhovForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
18Pavel AkolzinForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
20Demid YeremeyevGoalkeeperHK Temirtau
22Kirill PanyukovForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
23Kirill PolokhovDefensemanHC Tambov
28Valeri OrekhovDefensemanBarys Nur-Sultan
30Nikita BoyarkinGoalkeeperSaryarka Karaganda
31Andrei ShutovGoalkeeperTorpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
44Darren DietzDefensemanBarys Nur-Sultan
48Roman StarchenkoForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
49Alexander ShinForwardTorpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
55Ivan StepanenkoDefensemanBeibarys Atyrau
58Viktor SvedbergDefensemanBarys Nur-Sultan
64Arkadiy ShestakovForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
65Samat DaniyarDefensemanNomad Astana
68Dmitriy GurkovForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
77Sayan DaniyarForwardNomad Astana
84Kirill SavitskiForwardTorpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
85Alexei MaklyukovDefensemanBarys Nur-Sultan
88Yevgeni RymarevForwardYugra Khanty-Mansisk
89Anton SagadeyevForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
95Dmitriy ShevchenkoForwardBarys Nur-Sultan
96Alikhan AsetovForwardBarys Nur-Sultan

 

Kazakhstan Prelims Schedule

Kazakhstan is competing in Group B and will play each other team in the group in the preliminary round. All Group B games are played at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.

DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, May 22, 20211:15pm EST Latvia
Sunday, May 23, 20219:15am ESTFinland
Tuesday, May 25, 20219:15am ESTUnited States
Wednesday, May 26, 20219:15am ESTGermany
Friday, May 28, 20219:15am ESTCanada
Saturday, May 29, 20215:15am ESTItaly
Monday, May 31, 20211:15pm ESTNorway

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