Grachev Joins Team Russia in Kingston
Saturday December 20th 2008, 12:03 am

Evgeny Grachev joined his Russian teammates in Kingston, Ontario on Thursday as they began their final week of preparation for the 2009 World Junior Championship. Before he left, he shared his thoughts on the tournament, his Russian teammates and their opponents with the Brampton Battalion web site.

The Russian team, sans the eight players already playing in North America this season, arrived in Kingston after spending the past two weeks training together in the Russian city of Novogorsk.  Head coach Sergei Nemchinov opted to bring three extra players with him to Canada, delaying the final round of roster cuts until December 24th.  The list of players who will be with the team in Kingston for their final week of pre-tournament preparation was released on Wednesday, and includes three AHLers that have been released for the tournament by their NHL teams (Nikita Filatov, Maxim Mayorov and Vyacheslav Voinov):

Alistratov, Daniel
Zhelobnyuk, Vadim
Gaiduchenko, Sergei

Goncharov, Maxim
Voinov, Vyacheslav
Chudinov, Maxim
Golovkov, Igor
Pashnin, Mikhail
Kulikov, Dmitri
Tokranov, Vasily
Khafizullin, Dinar

Filatov, Nikita
Chernov, Pavel
Kugryshev, Dmitry
Dadonov, Evgeny
Klyukin, Nikita
Korostin, Sergei
Grachev, Evgeny
Komaristy, Alexander
Petrov, Kiril
Potapov, Alexei
Dubinin, Artem
Klopov, Dmitry
Ostapchuk, Sergei
Andronov, Sergei
Mayorov, Maxim

Team Russia plays two exhibition games this week in preparation for the tournament, which opens on December 26th.  They face Kazakhstan on Sunday in Oshawa and battle Team USA in Kingston on Tuesday.

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