Russell rounds out Canada roster
TERRY JONES, QMI AGENCY
|San Jose Sharks centre Joe Pavelski (R) punches St. Louis Blues defenceman Kris Russell during an NHL game last month. (REUTERS)
HELSINKI, FINLAND - Defenceman Kris Russell of the St. Louis Blues will complete Canada's 23-man roster at the world hockey championship.
Russell, who won gold medals on the 2006 and 2007 world championship teams, the first one coached by Brent Sutter, also played for Canada at last year's tournament.
"Kris was, and still is, a really good skating, puck-moving defenceman. A real smart player," said Sutter after Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Switzerland.
From Caroline, Alta., the same hometown as figure skating legend Kurt Browning, Russell's twin brother Ryan plays for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Russell arrives here Thursday afternoon at a time when many of the players' wives and parents are showing up.
"We should get Kris to invite his twin brother as his guest so if he got hurt we could just dress his brother instead and have him wear Kris's uniform," joked a Hockey Canada official.