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2016 World Hockey Championship: Team Kazakhstan preview

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Kazakhstan is looking to put an end to its one-and-done streak in the IIHF's Top Division.

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Kazakhstan has had a tough time staying in the IIHF's Top Division, qualifying for the main World Championship tournament in 2010, 2012, and 2014. They failed to stick around for more than one year, forced to re-qualify in the Division I A tournament every two years.

Last year, they accomplished that by going 5-0-0 in the second-tier championship, with the key win coming versus Hungary, who finished 4-1-0 with the regulation loss. Kazakhstan scored 23 goals and allowed just six over the course of that event.

The team will be part of Group A, which will play a round robin out of the Ice Palace in Moscow. They are joined by the national teams of Norway, Denmark, Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Sweden, and host Russia.

The team will hope to put on a good enough performance to stay with the top teams for next year's tournament, and former NHLer Andrei Nazarov will help them work toward that goal from behind the bench.

Roster

# Player Pos League Current Team
20 Vitali Kolesnik G KHL Lokomotiv Jaroslavl
32 Dmitri Malgin G Kazakh Nomad
1 Pavel Poluektov G KHL Barys
94 Daniyar Kairov D Kazakh Nomad
5 Andrei Korabeinikov D VHL Toros Neftekamsk
87 Artemi Lakiza D Kazakh Nomad
48 Alexander Lipin D KHL Barys
69 Ilya Lobanov D KHL Barys
2 Roman Savchenko D KHL Barys
7 Maxim Semyonov D KHL Barys
3 Vyacheslav Tryasunov D KHL Barys
27 Brandon Bochenski F KHL Barys
41 Dustin Boyd F KHL Barys
9 Nigel Dawes F KHL Barys
91 Nikita Ivanov F VHL Sary-Arka Karaganda
15 Maxim Khudyakov F KHL Barys
62 Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev F KHL Barys
17 Mikhail Panshin F KHL Barys
81 Konstantin Pushkaryov F KHL Barys
88 Yevgeni Rymarev F VHL Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
49 Alexander Shin F VHL Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk
52 Ilya Solaryov F KHL Barys
22 Roman Starchenko F KHL Barys

For this year's tournament, Kazakhstan will have some additional players available, as Brandon Bochenski and one-time Montreal Canadiens Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd have all become Kazakhstani citizens after spending several years with the nation's Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Those players comprised the top three in scoring for Barys (a club made up of Kazakhstan's top players and the main supplier of talent for this tournament), and their play will be crucial for Kazakhstan's success.

Schedule
  • May 7: Switzerland
  • May 8: Russia
  • May 10: Norway
  • May 11: Sweden
  • May 13: Czech Republic
  • May 14: Latvia
  • May 16: Denmark

Thanks to Cirno for her help finding roster information.