After a fan vote to set the starting lineup, and a media vote to set the second lines, the Kontinental Hockey League today announced the rosters for the 2015 KHL All Star Game in Sochi, Russia on 25 January.
Despite a tumultuous Russian economy, and speculation as to whether the league will survive into next season, the top stars of the league will still be assembling at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, with the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk and Sergei Kostitsyn facing off in what will surely be a spectacle, but could potentially also be the final All Star Game in the league’s short but memorable history.
From the perspective of the IHLC, there are players from seven different countries playing in the game, 18 of whom have held the IHLC at least once in their careers, including nine players who played for Russia in their latest IHLC victory over the Czechs, and three (Zaripov, Shipachyov and Plotnikov) who won the World Championship in Minsk in May 2014.
|TEAM WEST||TEAM EAST|
|🇷🇺 Stanislav Galimov* (CSKA)||🇨🇿 Jakub Kovář* (Avtomobilist)
|🇷🇺 Alexander Yeryomenko* (Dynamo)||🇷🇺
🇨🇿 Alexander Salák* (Sibir)
|🇺🇸 Nick Bailen (Dinamo)||🇸🇪 Erik Gustafsson* (Avangard)|
|🇺🇸 Matt Gilroy (Atlant)||🇸🇪 Patrik Hersley* (Sibir)|
|🇺🇸 Ryan Gunderson (Jokerit)||🇷🇺 Kirill Koltsov* (Salavat Yulaev)|
|🇷🇺 Andrei Mironov* (Dynamo)||🇨🇦 Chris Lee (Metallurg)|
|🇷🇺 Nikita Shitov (HC Sochi)||🇺🇸 Mike Lundin (Barys)|
|🇷🇺 Nikita Zaitsev* (CSKA)||🇷🇺 Ilya Nikulin* (Ak Bars)|
🇷🇺 Igor Grigorenko* (CSKA)
|🇨🇦 Justin Azevedo (Ak Bars)|
|🇷🇺 Dmitry Kagarlitski (Severstal)||🇨🇦 Nigel Dawes (Barys)|
|🇷🇺 Ilya Kovalchuk* (SKA)||🇷🇺 Nikita Gusev (Ugra)|
|🇺🇸 Steve Moses (Jokerit)||🇧🇾 Sergei Kostitsyn (Ak Bars)|
||🇷🇺 Dmitry Kugryshev (Sibir)|
|🇸🇪 André Petersson* (HC Sochi)||🇷🇺 Sergei Mozyakin* (Metallurg)|
|🇷🇺 Sergei Plotnikov* (Lokomotiv)||🇷🇺 Denis Parshin* (Avangard)|
||🇷🇺 Yuri Petrov (Lada)|
|🇵🇱 Wojtek Wolski (Torpedo)||🇷🇺 Danis Zaripov* (Metallurg)|
Bold denotes a player in starting lineup. A star (*) denotes players that have held the International Hockey Lineal Championship at least once. A strikethrough (
example) through the player’s name denotes the player is injured and will be unable to play, replacements are listed below original selection.