Snubbed Semin off to Olympics after all

Alexander Semin parades on May 29, 2012 in the centre of Moscow after winning the men's ice hockey...

Alexander Semin parades on May 29, 2012 in the centre of Moscow after winning the men's ice hockey 2012 World Championship final in Helsinki. (AFP PHOTO/ KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV)

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, Last Updated: 11:28 AM ET

Can Alexander Semin continue his recent NHL success and contribute to his country's ambitions of gold at the Sochi Olympics?

We'll find out over the next month.

Semin, originally left off Russia's Olympic roster, will fill in for Sergei Soin, who is out with a knee injury, the Russian Hockey Federation announced Tuesday.

"With Alexander Semin, we had a preliminary agreement that he could be called into the team," Russian coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov told the Russian Hockey Federation website.

"We've already been in contact with him, negotiated, and Alexander will represent the Russian national team at the Olympic Games."

Considered a notable snub that didn't help himself by starting the 2013-14 on the wrong foot, the Carolina Hurricanes winger has lived up to his potential lately by recording six goals and 12 points in his last 14 games.

In early January, Dallas Stars rookie forward Valeri Nichushkin cracked the roster over Semin, a veteran of 549 NHL games. Although Nichushkin was viewed as an acceptable choice, the exclusion of Semin raised eyebrows in both Russia and North America.


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