Russia men's national junior ice hockey team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Ice Hockey Federation of Russia
General Manager Alexei Kochetkov
Head coach Valeri Bragin
Captain Kirill Kaprizov
Most points Evgeny Kuznetsov (26)
Nikita Filatov (26)
First international
 Russia 16–0 Japan 
(Falun, Sweden; 26 December 1992)
Biggest win
 Russia 16–0 Japan 
(Falun, Sweden; 26 December 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Canada 9–1 Russia 
(Gävle, Sweden; 27 December 1992)
IIHF World U20 Championship
Appearances 24 (first in 1993)
Best result Med 1.png (1999, 2002, 2003, 2011)
Medal record
IIHF World U20 Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Czech Republic Team
Silver medal – second place 1995 Canada Team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 USA Team
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Switzerland Team
Silver medal – second place 1998 Finland Team
Gold medal – first place 1999 Canada Team
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sweden Team
Gold medal – first place 2002 Czech Republic Team
Gold medal – first place 2003 Canada Team
Silver medal – second place 2005 USA Team
Silver medal – second place 2006 Canada Team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Sweden Team
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Czech Republic Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Canada Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 USA Team
Silver medal – second place 2012 Canada Team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Russia Team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sweden Team
Silver medal – second place 2015 Canada Team
Silver medal – second place 2016 Finland Team
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Canada Team

The Russian men's national under 20 ice hockey team is the national under-20 ice hockey team in Russia. The team represents Russia at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Junior Hockey Championship, held annually every December and January.


Russia competed as an inpedendent nation for the first time at the 1993 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Gävle, Sweden. Russia won their first medal, a bronze at the 1994 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Russia would earn silver in 1995, bronze in 1996 and 1997, and silver in 1998 after a devastating 2–1 overtime loss to Finland. Russia won their first gold medal in 1999, after defeating Canada 3–2 in overtime when Artem Chubarov scored the goal when the puck was shot past Canada goalie Roberto Luongo.

Russia's biggest rivalry was against the Czech Republic where both teams met for the first time in a medal game since 1997. The game went to a shootout in 2000, where the game was scoreless through regulation and overtime. Goaltenders Zdenek Smid of the Czech Republic and Ilya Brysgalov of Russia earn player-of-the-game honors. Russia's Evgeny Muratov opened the scoring for Russia, but Milan Kraft and Libor Pivko would score to put Russia out of reach. Russia head coach Pavel Vorobiev spotted the weakness in Brysgalov, and was replaced by Alexei Volkov, who went on to stop Zbenek Irgl, who had a chance to win it for the Czechs. Russia's Evgeny Federov (no relation to Sergei Federov), had the chance to keep Russia alive, but was stopped by Smid as the Czech Republic won their first-ever gold at the WJC. Russia's players stunned in disbelief sat on the bench watching the Czechs celebrating.

Russia hosted the World Junior U20 Hockey Championships in Moscow. Both venues included Soviet Wings Arena and the Lizhiniki Sports Arena. Young stars like Ilya Kovalchuk participated. Russia tied the Swiss (3–3), defeated Belarus (10–0), defeated Canada (3–1), and lost to Finland (3–1). In the quarterfinal game against Sweden Russia lost 4–3. The loss resulted in head coach Pavel Vorobiev showing his frustration towards his team. Switzerland and Russia engaged in a linebrawl in a placement game the same year, in which resulted in suspensions.

Russia went on to win their second gold medal against Canada in 2002, as Russia stormed back from 2–0 and 3–1 deficits. Russia's Anton Volchenkov scored the winning goal past Canada's Pascal Leclaire with less than 5 minutes remaining, and resulted in a 5–4 victory. Russia won their third gold medal at the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Halifax with a 3–2 win over Canada. It was the first U20 tournament for Alexander Ovechkin. Russia lost the quarter-final game in 2004, when Finland scored the winning goal with 13 seconds left in regulation, when a Finland player shot the puck on Russia's goaltender than found its way past him.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, the tournament in North Dakota had the best players, who were due to make their NHL debuts made available. Alex Ovechkin, who was due to make his debut with the Washington Capitals was playing in his third World Juniors. Canada and Russia met up in the gold medal game, which resulted in a 6–1 win for Canada. A year later, Russia would lose gold to Canada (5–0), and again in 2007 (4–2).

Russia's Alexei Cherepanov was due to represent Russia at the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Canada. Cherepanov died on 13 October 2008 at the age of 19 during a KHL game when he collapsed on the bench after a line change. Russia was ousted by Canada in the semi-finals and go on to would win bronze over Slovakia.

2016 WJC roster[edit]

Preliminary roster for the 2016 World Junior Championships

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 30 Alexandar Georgiyev Finland TPS
GK 1 Ilya Samsonov Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
GK 20 Maxim Tretiak Russia Zvezda Chekhov
D 2 Sergei Boikov Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs
D 4 Damir Sharipzyanov Canada Owen Sound Attack
D 15 Alexander Mikulovich Canada Niagara IceDogs
D 9 Ivan Provorov Canada Brandon Wheat Kings
D 3 Dmitri Sergeyev Canada Kitchener Rangers
D 22 Yegor Voronkov Russia Vityaz Podolsk
D 28 Yegor Rykov Russia SКА-1946
D 29 Nikita Zhuldikov Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
F 25 Alexander Dergachyov Russia SКА-1946
F 19 Radel Fazleev Canada Calgary Hitmen
F 16 Vladislav Kamenev United States Milwaukee Admirals
F 17 Kirill Kaprizov Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk
F 26 Yegor Korshkov Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
F 12 Pavel Kraskovsky Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
F 21 Andrei Kuzmenko Russia CSKA Moscow
F 23 Artur Lauta Russia Avangard Omsk
F 11 Maxim Lazarev Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
F 13 Alexander Polunin Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
F 7 Evgeny Svechnikov Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
F 8 Andrei Svetlakov Russia CSKA Moscow

2011 WJC roster[edit]

Roster for the 2011 World Junior Championships:

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 20 Dmitry Shikin SKA Saint Petersburg
GK 30 Igor Bobkov London Knights (OHL)
D 2 Nikita Zaitsev Sibir Novosibirsk
D 3 Nikita Pivtsakin Avangard Omsk
D 5 Maxim Berezin Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
D 6 Georgy Berdyukov SKA Saint Petersburg
D 9 Dmitry OrlovA Metallurg Novokuznetsk
D 12 Yuri Urychev Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
D 23 Maxim Ignatovich Sibir Novosibirsk
D 26 Andrei Sergeyev Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
F 7 Anton Burdasov Traktor Chelyabinsk
F 8 Semyon Valuysky Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
F 10 Vladimir TarasenkoC Sibir Novosibirsk
F 13 Maxim Kitsyn Metallurg Novokuznetsk
F 14 Daniil Sobchenko Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
F 15 Artem Voronin Spartak Moscow
F 17 Nikita DvurechenskyA UHC Dynamo
F 18 Stanislav Bocharov Ak Bars Kazan
F 21 Sergei Kalinin Avangard Omsk
F 25 Evgeny Kuznetsov Traktor Chelyabinsk
F 27 Artemi Panarin Vityaz Chekhov
F 28 Denis Golubev Ak Bars Kazan

World Junior Ice Hockey Championships record[edit]

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