Ovechkin on roster, but not in sight

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

QUEBEC CITY -- So far there's been no sighting of Alexander Ovechkin.

The Russians, who will play their entire IIHF World Hockey Championship in the city which is celebrating its 400th anniversary, arrived here Saturday with no Ovechkin in sight.

And he wasn't on the ice in Trois-Rivieres, halfway between here and Montreal, where the Russians easily handled Switzerland 6-2 in a pre-tournament game yesterday.

The Russians have submitted a provisional roster for the tournament which includes eight NHLers, including the best player in the NHL this season.

But you never know with Russia.

And most teams, including Canada, have yet to be joined by several players who were involved in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In addition to Ovechkin, the list includes Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Semin, Maxim Afinogenov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Denis Grebeshkov, Dmitri Kalinin and Alexander Radulov.

Kovalchuk, Afinogenov, Kalinin and Grebeshkov were on the ice against the Swiss last night.

The Russians who weren't dressed, according to a Hockey Canada observer at the game, were "enjoying hot dogs and poutine in the stands."

The Canadians have no idea who they'll see in the lineup when Canada and the Russians play here tonight.


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