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Pavel Datsyuk named captain of the Russian World Championship team

From R-Sport's Roman Solovyev (roughly translated):

Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk was selected as captain of the Russian national team at their home-hosted World Championship, said coach Harjis Vitolinsh.

The World Championship takes place from May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Russian national team will begin their tournament on Friday with a game against the Czechs. Earlier, coach Oleg Znarok said that the captain of the team would be chosen by secret balloting among the national team's players.

"Datsyuk was selected captain, and his assistants will be Sergei Mozyakin and Vadim Shimpachev," Vitolinsh told reporters.

Update: Here's the ITAR-TASS news agency's English-language report:

Russia’s titled forward Pavel Datsyuk will be the captain of the national team at the 2016 IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) World Championship, which kicks off on Friday in Russia, team’s Assistant Coach Harijs Vitolins told journalists.

"The team elected Datsyuk the captain and his assistants will be Sergei Mozyakin and Vadim Shipachev," Vitolins said.

Datsyuk, 37, first played for the Russian national team at the 2001 IIHF World Championship in Germany. In all, he played 69 games as part of the national squad at various tournaments and boasts a record of 48 points (goals and assists).

He is the 2012 World Champion and the 2002 Olympic bronze medalist. Playing for NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, Datsyuk is the two-time winner of the Stanley Cup (2002 and 2008).

The matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship are scheduled to be held in the country’s capital of Moscow and in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg between May 6 and 22. The games of the global ice hockey tournament are hosted by the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow and the Yubileiny Arena in St. Petersburg.

The Russian national team begins the global championship with the game against the Czech Republic on Friday, May 6, at 8:15 p.m. Moscow time (17:15 GMT).

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