Official announcement: Roster rules relaxed during U20 Worlds18.12.2012
From the 26th of December, 2012, to the 5th of January, 2013, the city of Ufa hosts the IIHF U20 World Hockey Championship. As the tournament takes place during the Kontinental Hockey League Championship season, some KHL clubs will be temporarily deprived of the services of players selected to represent Team Russia.
A recent amendment to KHL regulations, inserted with the interests of the national team in mind, states that for any given game in the KHL Championship the 20-man roster must contain at least two young players who are eligible for the Russian national team: one to be aged 20 or under, and the other to be aged 21 or under.
However, when one of these young players is away on duty at the U20 World Championship, his place in the first team roster may be filled with a player of any age. This exemption only applies if the player, at the time of his selection for the Russian U20 side, has appeared in at least 30% of his team’s games in the regular season.
As of the 17th of December, the above criteria apply to the following players: defensemen Kirill Dyakov (Yugra), Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow), Nikita Nesterov (Traktor), Nikita Tryamkin (Avtomobilist), and Albert Yarullin (Ak Bars), plus forwards Nail Yakupov (Neftekhimik), Yaroslav Kosov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk), Evgeny Mozer (Avangard), Anton Slepyshev (Metallurg Novokuznetsk), and Alexander Khokhlachyov (Spartak).
This exemption, granting clubs the right to replace the above players with one of any age, will be in force from the 19th of December to the 7th of January inclusive.