Roster/Russia
NAME POS CLUB HT. WT. NHL STATUS
Evgeny Kononov G Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'1 187 Eligible 1999 Draft
Pavel Goncharov G Moscow Soviet Wings 6'1 190 Eligible 1999 Draft
Yuri Gerasimov G Moscow Dynamo 6'1 182 Eligible 1999 Draft
Alexei Volkov G Halifax (QMJHL)     Los Angeles
Mikhail Donika D Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'0 190 Eligible 1999 Draft
Maxim Maslennikov D Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'0 187 Eligible 1999 Draft
Dmitri Kokorev D Moscow Dynamo 6'1 192 Calgary
Vitali Vishnevsky D Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'1 180 Anaheim
Konstantin Gusev D Cheliabinsk Tractor 5'11 185 Eligible 1999 Draft
Kirill Safronov D St. Petersburg SKA 6'1 180 Eligible 1999 Draft
Artem Mariams D Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'1 178 Eligible 1999 Draft
Mikhail Gorbunov D Cherepovets Severstal 6'5 178 Eligible 1999 Draft
Mikhail Balandin D Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'1 190 Eligible 1999 Draft
Sergei Verenikin F Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'1 188 Ottawa
Roman Liashenko F Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'1 187 Dallas
Peter Schastlivyi F Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'1 190 Ottawa
Artem Chubarov F Moscow Dynamo 6'1 192 Vancouver
Denis Arkhipov F Kazen Ak Bars 6'1 190 Nashville
Denis Nikitenko F Tyumeh Rubin 6'1 188 Eligible 1999 Draft
Yuri Dobryshkin F Moscow Soviet Wings 6'0 188 Eligible 1999 Draft
Anton Bout F Yaroslavl Torpedo 6'1 187 New Jersey
Evgeny Lapin F Yaroslavl Torpedo 5'9 167 Eligible 1999 Draft
Denis Shvidky F Barrie Colts (OHL) 6'1 185 Eligible 1999 Draft
Maxim Afinogenov F Moscow Dynamo 5'11 178 Buffalo
Dmitri Afanasenkov F USA 5'11 180 Tampa Bay
Andrei Sidiakin F Ufa Salavat Yulaev 5'11 178 Montreal
Dmitri Kirilenko F Moscow CSKA 6'0 182 Eligible 1999 Draft
Alexander Zevakhin F Moscow CSKA 6'1 187 Pittsburgh

STAFF/PERSONNEL

Delegation head: Vladimir Aseev
General manager: Valentin Kozin
Head coach:
Team physician: Alexander Zimin
Assistant coach: Valentin Gureev
Team therapist: Alexander Belyaev
Equipment manager: Oleg Kuchenev
Administrator: Viacheslav Volkov
Interpreter: Tatiana Lunina
Manager: Victor Starostine

At the 1998 World Junior Hockey Championship, it took an overtime goal by Niklas Hagman, the son of Finnish hockey legend, Matti Hagman, to defeat an excellent Russian team in the gold-medal game.

It can't come as good news to the other teams competing at the 1999 World Junior Hockey Championship to know that Russia has a strong nucleus of 12 players returning from the silver medal-winning team.

One of the key returning players should be Vitali Vishnevski, who played for Russia last year as a 17-year-old. Vishnevsky was selected fifth overall at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, who were obviously dazzled with the Russian defenceman's puckhandling and playmaking skills. Vishnevsky is considered a brilliant powerplay quarterback.

Artem Chubarov, who had five points for Russia in the seven tournament games last year, leads a strong group of returning forwards for head coach Peter Vorobiov's team.

Top 3 Prospects: Denis Shvidky, Kirill Safronov, Evgeny Lapin