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

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IIHF 2021 Russia Men's team flag

It’s a new name and new look for the Russians entering the 2021 IIHF World Championship. With six NHL players on their roster, they will be sporting their Olympic jerseys for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. This, of course, follows the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) decision on Russia’s two-year ban from participating in Olympic and world championship events. It’s a tall task, but the ROC team will look to move away from the distraction. They aim to improve upon their bronze medal finish at the 2019 World Championship. Their efforts will be aided by five returning players from that team. Notably, they are without NHL star Alexander Ovechkin.

The original ban, administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2019, was for four years. The CAS decision allows athletes who are still eligible to compete, the opportunity to do so as “neutral athletes”, not in representation of the country of Russia. In the IIHF competition, including the World Championship in Latvia, athletes from Russia will represent the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), and be recognized as such, with the committee’s emblem on a banner serving as their flag. The Russian Federation anthem won’t be a part of any ceremonies, and the national crest won’t appear anywhere.

Tournament Details

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

Preview

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) earned their first win in the preliminary round of the IIHF Men’s World Championships on Friday by scoring four goals to three by the Czech Republic in Group A play.

Russia scored a goal in the first two periods and scored two in the third and final period by Alexander Barabanov and Mikhail Grigorenko. They also got goals from Anton Burdasov and Artyom Sheets-Rogovoi.

Russia now moves on to take on Great Britain tomorrow at 9:15 EST at Olympic Sports Centre and has three points in Group A.

Team Roster

NumberNamePositionClub
2Artyom ZubDefensemanOttawa Senators
4Vladislav GavrikovDefensemanColumbus Blue Jackets
9Ivan ProvorovDefensemanPhiladelphia Flyers
15Pavel KarnaukhovForwardCSKA Moscow
16Nikita ZadorovDefensemanChicago Blackhawks
21Konstantin OkulovForwardCSKA Moscow
25Mikhail GrigorenkoForwardColumbus Blue Jackets
27Igor OzhiganovDefensemanSKA St. Petersburg
31Alexander SamonovGoalkeeperSKA St. Petersburg
57Artyom ShvetsrogovoiForwardSKA St. Petersburg
58Anton SlepyshevForwardCSKA Moscow
60Ivan BocharovGoalkeeperDynamo Moscow
71Anton BurdasovForwardSKA St. Petersburg
78Maxim ShalunovForwardCSKA Moscow
81Vladislav KamenevForwardSKA St. Petersburg
87Rushan RafikovDefensemanLokomotiv Yaroslavl
94Alexander BarabanovForwardSan Jose Sharks

Prelims Schedule

The ROC is competing in Group A and will play each other team in the group in the preliminary round. All Group A games are played at the Olympic Sports Centre in Riga, Latvia.

DateTimeOpponent
Friday, May 21, 20219:15am ESTCzech Republic
Saturday, May 22, 20219:15am ESTGreat Britain
Monday, May 24, 20219:15am ESTSlovakia
Wednesday, May 26, 20219:15am ESTDenmark
Saturday, May 29, 20219:15am ESTSwitzerland
Monday, May 31, 20211:15pm ESTSweden
Tuesday, June 1, 20211:15pm ESTBelarus

How to watch IIHF 2021 Russia Men’s game live stream from anywhere?

In Russia, MatchTV has got all the rights to live broadcast and stream online. If you are an expedite and want to watch all Russia’s games online from outside Russia, You may need to find an alternative channel or streaming provider in your current region/location, because MatchTV live stream can only be viewed from Russia. We recommend PremiumTV, as they promised to cover all IIHF games live stream online from anywhere. Their service comes with a one-time payment of $19.99 or even fans can get a free 3 day trial on a monthly plan.

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