Sergei Zubov, U20 Team Russia head coach:
— I’m ready for the added responsibility at the upcoming WJC. I think our coaching staff has enough knowledge and experience to work in such a major tournament. We have an excellent, talented team; we continue to follow our preparation plan.
The U20 Russian national team will gather on Dec 1 in Novogorsk. After quarantine and medical exams, the team will get ready for the tournament according to a plan that includes practices in micro-cycles, two-way games, and an exhibition game against Vityaz. Later, the team will continue the training process in Canada, where it will play another two test matches.
The camp roster is the following:
Defensemen: Shakir Mukhamadullin (Salavat Yulaev), Kirill Kirsanov, Nikita Smirnov, Arseny Koromyslov (all — SKA), Yegor Savikov (Spartak), Vladimir Grudinin, Daniil Kuzmin, Nikolai Makarov (all — CSKA), Roman Romanov (Lokomotiv), Timofei Davydov (Avangard), Nikita Novikov (Dynamo Moscow), Maxim Fedotov (Torpedo);
Forwards: Nikita Chibrikov, Marat Khusnutdinov, Matvei Michkov, Kirill Tankov, Semyon Demidov, Fyodor Svechkov, Ilya Ivantsov (all — SKA), Danila Yurov (Metallurg), Alexander Pashin (Salavat Yulaev), Ivan Miroshnichenko (Avangard), Pavel Tyutnev (Lokomotiv), Ivan Didkovsky, Bogdan Trineyev (both — Dynamo Moscow), Ivan Zinchenko (Vityaz), Nikita Guslistov (Severstal), Kirill Melnichenko (HC Sochi), Dmitry Zlodeyev, Vasily Ponomaryov (Spartak).
The WJC plays between Dec 26 and Jan 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer (Canada).