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.
|Dates||Friday, May 21 - Sunday, June 6, 2021|
|Venue||Olympic Sports Centre and Arena Riga|
|Channel||NHL Network (USA), TSN (Canada)|
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.
|2||Artyom Zub||Defenseman||Ottawa Senators|
|4||Vladislav Gavrikov||Defenseman||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|9||Ivan Provorov||Defenseman||Philadelphia Flyers|
|15||Pavel Karnaukhov||Forward||CSKA Moscow|
|16||Nikita Zadorov||Defenseman||Chicago Blackhawks|
|21||Konstantin Okulov||Forward||CSKA Moscow|
|25||Mikhail Grigorenko||Forward||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|27||Igor Ozhiganov||Defenseman||SKA St. Petersburg|
|31||Alexander Samonov||Goalkeeper||SKA St. Petersburg|
|57||Artyom Shvetsrogovoi||Forward||SKA St. Petersburg|
|58||Anton Slepyshev||Forward||CSKA Moscow|
|60||Ivan Bocharov||Goalkeeper||Dynamo Moscow|
|71||Anton Burdasov||Forward||SKA St. Petersburg|
|78||Maxim Shalunov||Forward||CSKA Moscow|
|81||Vladislav Kamenev||Forward||SKA St. Petersburg|
|87||Rushan Rafikov||Defenseman||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl|
|94||Alexander Barabanov||Forward||San Jose Sharks|
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.
|Friday, May 21, 2021||9:15am EST||Czech Republic|
|Saturday, May 22, 2021||9:15am EST||Great Britain|
|Monday, May 24, 2021||9:15am EST||Slovakia|
|Wednesday, May 26, 2021||9:15am EST||Denmark|
|Saturday, May 29, 2021||9:15am EST||Switzerland|
|Monday, May 31, 2021||1:15pm EST||Sweden|
|Tuesday, June 1, 2021||1:15pm EST||Belarus|
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.