Alexei Emelin was named as one of the last seven players that will be added to Team Russia’s roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in September.
The Habs wrecking ball on defense has paced the Canadiens in the hit department since joining the team back in 2011-12. In 2015-16, Emelin finished fourth amongst all blue-liners in the NHL in this regard, throwing a total of 256 punishing body-checks for an average of 3.6 per game.
The rearguard will be joining fellow Canadiens teammate Andre Markov, who along with Dmitry Kulikov, Alexey Marchenko, Dmitry Orlov, Slava Voynov and Nikita Zaitsev make up Team Russia’s defense corps for the competition.
Emelin is no stranger to representing Russia on the international stage. September’s tournament will be the hard-hitting defenseman’s tenth international appearance since 2004, which includes a gold medal won at the World Championships in 2012.