Bure excites Ulanov, Semenov

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Fresh ideas and a new look are two of the important things the Russian Rocket can bring to his country's Olympic team.

That's the view from Edmonton Oilers Igor Ulanov and Alexei Semenov, two players who might warrant some consideration when Pavel Bure puts together the Russian squad for the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.

"He's got the right connections and I'm sure he'll be successful,"said Ulanov.

"We haven't been in the finals and it's been a while since we've won gold medals. We've settled for third-, fourth- and fifth-place.

Something had to be done - maybe try one of the younger guys who represents the new hockey. We need some fresh ideas, not the ideas that have been in place for years."

Semenov hopes to play for Bure.

"I've never met him, but I hear he's a good guy,"said Semenov. "I think he's going to bring everybody there and he knows a lot about hockey and he's going to choose a lot of good players. Every guy is going to bring something different and it's going to be fun to see how it pans out."

Ulanov expects the team will show Bure's flare.

"I think there will be a lot of offence and he's going to bring over a lot of younger skilled players and that's going to be great in the Olympic-sized arenas,"said Ulanov."I don't think he's going to be build the team around the way he used to play but I'm sure there'll be a lot of skill involved."


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