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Every PyeongChang Olympic men’s hockey roster

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Twelve nations go for gold in the first Olympic men’s hockey tournament without NHL players since 1994.

There are many familiar names to close hockey followers, but this year’s event will be unlike any in Olympic history.

A full Olympic hockey schedule is here.

Group A
Canada
Justin Peters (G)
Kevin Poulin (G)
Ben Scrivens (G) — former Edmonton Oilers No. 1
Stefan Elliott (D)
Chay Genoway (D)
Cody Goloubef (D)
Marc-Andre Gragnani (D)
Chris Lee (D)
Maxim Noreau (D)
Mat Robinson (D)
Karl Stollery (D)
Rene Bourque (F)
Gilbert Brule (F)
Andrew Ebbett (F)
Quentin Howden (F)
Chris Kelly (F)
Rob Klinkhammer (F)
Brandon Kozun (F)
Maxim Lapierre (F)
Eric O’Dell (F)
Mason Raymond (F)
Derek Roy (F) — Former Buffalo Sabres season points leader
Christian Thomas (F)
Linden Vey (F)
Wojtek Wolski (F)

Czech Republic
Patrik Bartosak (G)
Pavel Francouz (G)
Dominik Furch (G)
Michal Jordan (D)
Jan Kolar (D)
Tomas Kundratek (D)
Vojtech Mozik (D)
Jakub Nakladal (D)
Ondrej Nemec (D)
Adam Polasek (D)
Ondrej Vitasek (D)
Michal Birner (F)
Roman Cervenka (F)
Martin Erat (F) — Former Nashville Predators season points leader
Milan Gulas (F)
Roman Horak (F)
Petr Koukal (F)
Jan Kovar (F)
Dominik Kubalik (F)
Tomas Mertl (F)
Lukas Radil (F)
Michal Repik (F)
Jiri Sekac (F)
Michal Vondrka (F)
Tomas Zohorna (F)

South Korea
Matt Dalton (G)
— Former Boston Bruins backup goalie
Kye Hoon Park (G)
Sungje Park (G)
Hyung Gon Cho (D)
Wonjun Kim (D)
Don Ku Lee (D)
Hyonho Oh (D)
Alex Plante (D)
Eric Regan (D)
Yeongjun Seo (D)
Bryan Young (D)
Jin Hui Ahn (F)
Minho Cho (F)
Jungwoo Jeon (F)
Kisung Kim (F)
Sangwook Kim (F)
Won Jung Kim (F)
Young Jun Lee (F)
Jin Kyu Park (F)
Woosang Park (F)
Brock Radunske (F)
Sanghoon Shin (F)
Sangwoo Shin (F)
Michael Swift (F)
Mike Testwuide (F)

Switzerland
Leonardo Genoni (G)
Jonas Hiller (G) — Former Anaheim Ducks No. 1 goalie; stopped 44 of 47 Canadian shots in a near upset in group play at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Tobias Stephan (G)
Eric Blum (D)
Raphael Diaz (D)
Felicien Du Bois (D)
Philippe Furrer (D)
Patrick Geering (D)
Romain Loeffel (D)
Dominik Schlumpf (D)
Ramon Untersander (D)
Cody Almond (F)
Andres Ambuhl (F)
Simon Bodenmann (F)
Enzo Corvi (F)
Gaetan Haas (F)
Fabrice Herzog (F)
Gregory Hofmann (F)
Denis Hollenstein (F)
Simon Moser (F)
Vincent Praplan (F)
Thomas Rufenacht (F)
Reto Schappi (F)
Tristan Scherwey (F)
Pius Suter (F)

Group B
Olympic Athlete from Russia
Vasily Koshechkin (G)
Ilya Sorokin (G)
Igor Shestyorkin (G)
Vladislav Gavrikov (D)
Dinar Khafizullin (D)
Bogdan Kiselevich (D)
Alexei Marchenko (D)
Nikita Nesterov (D)
Slava Voynov (D) — Two Stanley Cups with Los Angeles Kings
Artyom Zub (D)
Andrei Zubarev (D)
Sergei Andronov (F)
Alexander Barabanov (F)
Pavel Datsyuk (F) — Four NHL All-Star teams with Detroit Red Wings; fifth Olympics
Mikhail Grigorenko (F)
Nikita Gusev (F)
Ilya Kablukov (F)
Sergei Kalinin (F)
Kirill Kaprizov (F)
Ilya Kovalchuk (F) — Three NHL All-Star teams; fifth Olympics
Sergei Mozyakin (F) — KHL’s all-time leading scorer; first Olympics
Nikolai Prokhorkin (F)
Vadim Shipachyov (F)
Sergei Shirokov (F)
Ivan Telegin (F)

Slovakia
Ján Laco (G)
Branislav Konrád (G)
Patrik Rybár (G)
Ivan Baranka (D)
Michal Čajkovský (D)
Dominik Graňák (D)
Marek Ďaloga (D)
Tomáš Starosta (D)
Juraj Valach (D)
Peter Čerešňák (D)
Juraj Mikuš (D)
Martin Bakoš (F)
Miloš Bubela (F)
Marcel Haščák (F)
Lukáš Cingeľ (F)
Tomáš Marcinko (F)
Patrik Lamper (F)
Ladislav Nagy (F) — Former Arizona Coyotes season assists leader
Tomáš Surový (F)
Andrej Kudrna (F)
Peter Ölvecký (F)
Michal Krištof (F)
Matej Paulovič (F)
Matúš Sukeľ (F)
Marek Hovorka (F)

Slovenia
Luka Gracnar (G)
Gasper Kroselj (G)
Matija Pintaric (G)
Blaz Gregorc (D)
Sabahudin Kovacevic (D)
Ales Kranjc (D)
Ziga Pavlin (D)
Matic Podlipnik (D)
Jurij Repe (D)
Mitja Robar (D)
Luka Vidmar (D)
Bostjan Golicic (F)
Andrej Hebar (F)
Ziga Jeglic (F)
Anze Kuralt (F)
Jan Mursak (F) — Played 46 games for Detroit Red Wings
Ales Music (F)
Ken Ograjensek (F)
Ziga Pance (F)
David Rodman (F)
Marcel Rodman (F)
Robert Sabolic (F)
Rok Ticar (F)
Jan Urbas (F)
Miha Verlic (F)

United States
David Leggio (G)
Brandon Maxwell (G)
Ryan Zapolski (G)
Chad Billins (D)
Jonathon Blum (D)
Will Borgen (D)
Matt Gilroy (D)
Ryan Gunderson (D)
Bobby Sanguinetti (D)
Noah Welch (D)
James Wisniewski (D)
Mark Arcobello (F)
Chris Bourque (F)
— Son of 1998 Canadian Olympian and Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque
Bobby Butler (F)
Ryan Donato (F)
Brian Gionta (F)
— Captain, 2006 Olympian and oldest member of entire U.S. Olympic team (39)
Jordan Greenway (F)
Chad Kolarik (F)
Broc Little (F)
John McCarthy (F)
Brian O’Neill (F)
Garrett Roe (F)
Jim Slater (F)
Ryan Stoa (F)
Troy Terry (F)

Group C
Finland
Mikko Koskinen (G) — Top goalie at 2016 Worlds with 1.13 GAA, .947 save pct.
Juha Metsola (G)
Karri Ramo (G)
Juuso Heitanen (D)
Miro Heiskanen (D) — 2017 NHL No. 3 draft pick by Dallas Stars; 18 years old
Tommi Kivisto (D)
Miika Koivisto (D)
Lasse Kukkonen (D)
Mikko Lehtonen (D)
Sami Lepisto (D) — 2010, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist; 176 NHL games
Atte Ohtamaa (D)
Marko Anttila (F)
Jonas Enlund (F)
Teemu Hartikainen (F)
Julius Junttila (F)
Joonas Kemppainen (F)
Petri Kontiola (F)
Jarno Koskirant (F)
Jani Lajunen (F)
Sakari Manninen (F)
Oskar Osala (F)
Jukka Peltola (F)
Mika Pyorala (F)
Veli-Matti Savinainen (F)
Eeli Tolvanen (F)

Germany
Danny aus den Birken (G)
Dennis Endras (G)
Timo Pielmeier (G)
Sinan Akdag (D)
Daryl Boyle (D)
Christian Ehrhoff (D) — Olympian in 2002, 2006 and 2010; played mostly in the NHL from 2003-16
Frank Hördler (D)
Björn Krupp (D)
Moritz Müller (D)
Jonas Müller (D)
Yannic Seidenberg (D)
Yasin Ehliz (F)
Gerrit Fauser (F)
Marcel Goc (F) — 636 NHL games
Patrick Hager (F)
Dominik Kahun (F)
Marcus Kink (F)
Brooks Macek (F)
Frank Mauer (F)
Marcel Noebels (F)
Leonhard Pföderl (F)
Matthias Plachta (F)
Patrick Reimer (F)
Felix Schütz (F)
David Wolf (F)

Norway
Lars Haugen (G)
Henrik Haukeland (G)
Henrik Holm (G)
Alexander Bonsaksen (D)
Stefan Espeland (D)
Jonas Holøs (D)
Johannes Johannesen (D)
Erlend Lesund (D)
Mattias Nørstebø (D)
Henrik Ødegaard (D)
Daniel Sørvik (D)
Anders Bastiansen (F)
Kristian Forsberg (F)
Ludvig Hoff (F) — University of North Dakota sophomore
Tommy Kristiansen (F)
Ken André Olimb (F)
Mathis Olimb (F)
Aleksander Reichenberg (F)
Niklas Roest (F)
Mats Rosseli (F)
Martin Røymark (F)
Eirik Salsten (F)
Patrick Thoresen (F)
Steffen Thoresen (F)
Mathias Trettenes (F)

Sweden
Jhonas Enroth (G)
Viktor Fasth (G) — Former NHL goalie was Sweden’s No. 1 at 2017 Worlds before Henrik Lundqvist joined team mid-tournament en route to gold
Magnus Hellberg (G)
Jonas Ahnelov (D)
Simon Bertilsson (D)
Rasmus Dahlin (D) — Born in 2000; possible No. 1 pick in June’s NHL Draft
Johan Fransson (D)
Erik Gustafsson (D)
Patrik Hersley (D)
Staffan Kronwall (D)
Mikael Wikstrand (D)
Dick Axelsson (F)
Alexander Bergstrom (F)
Dennis Everberg (F)
Carl Klingberg (F)
Anton Lander (F)
Par Lindholm (F)
Joakim Lindstrom (F)
Joel Lundqvist (F) — Henrik’s identical twin
Oscar Moller (F)
John Norman (F)
Linus Omark (F)
Fredrik Pettersson (F)
Viktor Stalberg (F)
Patrik Zackrisson (F)

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Alina Zagitova wins Rostelecom Cup; Gracie Gold withdraws

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Olympic champion Alina Zagitova dominated the Rostelecom Cup, while Gracie Gold withdrew before Saturday’s free skate at her first competition in 22 months, citing emotional stress.

Zagitova skated a flawed free, but still totaled 222.95 points and prevailed by 24.94 over countrywoman Sofia Samodurova. Zagitova qualified for December’s Grand Prix Final, the second-biggest annual international competition, which takes the top six skaters from the fall Grand Prix Series.

Gold, coming back from treatment for anxiety, depression and an eating disorder, was in last place of 10 skaters after struggling with jumps in Friday’s short program.

Gold, a Sochi Olympian and two-time U.S. champion, later tweeted that she withdrew because competing in the free skate would be damaging to her mental health and confidence.

“It was a difficult decision to make, but ultimately I need to put my mental health first and focus on the big picture,” was tweeted from Gold’s account. “Looking forward, I need to keep improving both my physical and mental condition. I thought checking into treatment last fall was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but skating my short program last night might have topped it. I do not want to undo the tremendous progress I’ve made in these last few months.”

The Grand Prix season continues next week with Nathan Chen headlining Internationaux de France, the last event before the Grand Prix Final.

ROSTELECOM CUP: Results | TV/Stream Schedule

Zagitova, 16, is undefeated in three events this season and owns the world’s top overall score (238.43) by a whopping 14.12 points. However, Japanese 16-year-old Rika Kihira has the highest total on the Grand Prix of 224.31.

Zagitova struggled Saturday with the difficult triple Lutz-triple loop combination and doubled a flip at the end of her free skate.

Her primary rival last season, countrywoman Yevgenia Medvedeva, has finished second or third in her four competitions in the last year and likely must reach the podium next week in France for a chance at the Grand Prix Final and her first matchup with Zagitova since PyeongChang.

It’s likely that no U.S. woman makes the Grand Prix Final for a third straight year, after never previously going back-to-back years without a qualifier. U.S. champion Bradie Tennell likely must win in France to reach the Final.

Earlier Saturday, double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu won the men’s event, hours after twisting his right ankle in a hard practice fall. Hanyu hopped on a crutch backstage and said he is uncertain for the Grand Prix Final and Japanese Nationals later in December. More here on Hanyu’s day.

Russian favorites Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin won the pairs’ and ice dance titles, respectively, qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

Tarasova and Morozov, two-time world medalists, posted 220.25 points, moving up to No. 2 in the world behind French Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres, who were not in the Rostelecom field. None of the Olympic pairs’ medalists are competing this fall. Earlier Saturday, Tarasova received five stitches after cutting her chin in a practice crash into the boards.

In dance, Stepanova and Bukin tallied 199.43, keeping them close to U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue in the world rankings. Those two couples face off for the first time this season at the Grand Prix Final.

The top returning couple this season, French Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, competes next week at the top international level for the first time since winning a third world title in March. They are not eligible for the Grand Prix Final after withdrawing from last week’s NHK Trophy due to Cizeron’s back injury.

As a reminder, you can watch the ISU Grand Prix Series live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. GO HERE to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season…NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Yuzuru Hanyu wins Rostelecom Cup, hops on crutch to press conference

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Yuzuru Hanyu won Rostelecom Cup by nearly 30 points, then hopped on a crutch backstage.

The double Olympic champion twisted his right ankle in a hard practice fall Saturday morning, then several hours later had the highest-scoring free skate with three quadruple jumps.

Hanyu said he is uncertain for the Grand Prix Final in three weeks — and a showdown with Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno and, likely, world champion Nathan Chen according to The Associated Press.

“It really hurts,” Hanyu said, according to Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. “This injury made me change my program, and sadly I couldn’t perform the way I wanted. I could have done better.”

ROSTELECOM CUP: Results | TV/Stream Schedule

Hanyu apologized to a TV camera following his free skate, after falling and popping an Axel on his last two jumps.

Last November, Hanyu damaged right ankle ligaments in a practice fall, forcing him off the ice for more than a month. He said this injury is not as bad. Still, coach Brian Orser said “it was a big question” whether Hanyu would withdraw before the free skate, according to Olympic Channel.

Hanyu endured, taking out the quadruple loop that he fell on in practice but still adding 10 points to his lead from Friday’s short program. For the first time in nine seasons, Hanyu won his two Grand Prix Series qualifying events, cruising into December’s exclusive, six-skater Grand Prix Final.

Georgian Morisi Kvitelashvili took second, followed by Japanese Kazuki Tomono.

Two other men who came to Moscow with Grand Prix Final hopes — Russian Mikhail Kolyada and Canadian Keegan Messing — struggled in Friday’s short program and could not get onto the podium, placing fourth and fifth. They won’t be at the Final, assuming Chen finishes in the top six at next week’s event in France.

Rostelecom Cup continues later Saturday with the free programs for ice dance, pairs and women, streaming live on NBC Sports Gold.

As a reminder, you can watch the ISU Grand Prix Series live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. GO HERE to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season…NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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