The Russian Hockey Federation (FHR) has released a list of 30 players who have been invited to their 2009 World Junior Championship camp, to be held from December 7th through December 21st in Novogorsk. As expected, Ranger prospect Evgeny Grachev, the OHL’s Rookie of the Month, is included in the group. He’s joined by fellow Canadian Hockey League (CHL) juniors Andrei Loktionov, Dmitry Kurgashev, Sergei Korostin, and Sergei Ostapchuk. Nikita Filatov, Maxim Mayorov, and Vyatcheslav Voynov, all of whom are currently playing in the American Hockey League (AHL), are also expected to join the team, provided the federation is able to meet the insurance requirements set forth by their NHL clubs. Its unclear if any of the players currently playing in North America will be released in time to join the team for the camp, or if they will join the team when it arrives in Ottawa a week prior to the start of the tournament.
In addition, the team’s coaching staff, headed by former Ranger Sergei Nemchinov, has announced that Alexei Cherepanov’s number 7 will go unassigned in memory of the fallen winger, who was expected to star for Team Russia in this year’s tournament.
The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship kick off in Ottawa, Canada on December 26th. On Tuesday the NHL Network announced that they will provide live, high definition coverage in the U.S. for all Team USA games, in addition to all games in the medal round.
Preliminary 2009 Russian Junior Roster
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