Markov joins five teammates competing for Russia in their third Olympic Games – Ilya Bryzgalov, Maxim Afinogenov, Pavel Datsyuk, Sergei Fedorov and Ilya Kovalchuk (Sergei Gonchar is playing in his fourth).
He won a gold medal at the 2008 World Championship and was named the Top Defenseman of the 2007 World Championship, leading the Russian defensemen in scoring with eight points (3-5-8) while being paired with Sergei Gonchar.
Markov was childhood friends with fellow 2010 teammate Maxim Afinogenov and they first won an international medal together at the 1998 World Junior Championship – Russia lost to Finland to capture the silver.
There's not much to say. We played like [garbage]. I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed about how they played tonight. Every single person. To start a road trip, one of the biggest road trips and have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it's ridiculous how we played tonight.
— Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano after the Ducks' 7-2 loss to the Flames on Wednesday