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Saturday, 20.12.2014, 04:59
Tentative Latvian hockey team roster announced for "Sochi-2014"
At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, competing for the fourth Games in a row will be the Latvian men's ice hockey team, and Head Coach Ted Nolan announced today the initial team of 53 players – six goalkeepers, 18 defenders and 29 forwards, informs LETA.
Among those selected – the legendary [41-year-old] Sandis Ozolins, who was instrumental in Latvia's qualifying for Sochi back in February.
The Sochi team will debut November 8-9 in "Arena Riga" against the Russian national team. In December, Latvia will play friendly games in Germany against its national team.
Latvia's first game at the Olympics will be versus Switzerland February 12.
Here is the roster (subject to change):
Goalkeepers: Edgars Masalskis, Maris Jucers, Ervins Mustukovs, Kristers Gudlevskis, Janis Kalnins, Elvis Merzlikins;
Defenders: Georgijs Pujacs, Oskars Bartulis, Krisjanis Rçdlihs, Arturs Kulda, Arvids Rekis, Maris Jass, Kristaps Sotnieks, Oskars Cibulskis, Jekabs Redlihs, Janis Andersons, Guntis Galvins, Rodrigo Lavins, Martins Porejs, Alekandrs Jerofejevs, Ralfs Freibergs, Agris Saviels, Martins Jakovlevs, Sandis Ozolins;
Forwards: Mikelis Redlihs, Janis Sprukts, Lauris Darzins, Kaspars Daugavins, Zemgus Girgensons, Martins Karsums, Roberts Jekimovs, Vitalijs Pavlovs, Ronalds Kenins, Martins Cipulis, Armands Berzins, Juris Stals, Miks Indrasis, Aleksejs Sirokovs, Andris Dzerins, Gints Meija, Aleksandrs Nizivijs, Maris Bicevskis, Raitis Ivanans, Roberts Bukarts, Gunars Skvorcovs, Elvijs Biezais, Kaspars Saulietis, Koba Jass, Juris Upitis, Lauris Bajaruns, Toms Hartmanis, Eriks Ozollapa, Arturs Kuzmenkovs.