SOCHI, February 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s male ice hockey team will play in the Winter Olympics in the southern Russian city of Sochi with the strongest squad in the last few years, Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko told reporters on Thursday.
It was earlier reported that forward Pavel Datsyuk, who had not played over an injury since Jan. 1, started ice training.
Russia will hold the first match against Slovenia at the Olympics Feb. 13.
“According to our information, Datsyuk should come out on the ice,” Mutko said. “He is a key player of our team. Russian team’s potential is very high, for the first time in the last few years we have selected a roster, which includes the whole constellation of such players as Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk, Varlamov, Kovalchuk...Certainly, this is a very strong team. But we should certainly have some luck,” he noted.