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Malkin and Gonchar Invited to Russian Camp

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin at 2006 Olympic Games/ Getty Images
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Sergei Gonchar are among a list of 38 Russian players invited to attend an upcoming Olympic Summer camp for Team Russia in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

The camp will be held in Moscow from August 29 to Sept. 2.

Malkin and Gonchar, who are coming off of a Stanley Cup championship season in Pittsburgh, played for Russia in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Malkin had six points (2+4) and a plus-5 rating in seven games as a 19-year old. Gonchar had two assists in eight games as Russia finished fourth in the tournament.

Gonchar also played in the Olympic Games for Russia in 1998 and 2002 – earning a medal in each tournament. He won a silver medal in 1998 and a bronze medal in 2002.

Gonchar has also represented Russia in two World Championships (2000 and 2007), two World Cups (1996, 2005), one World Junior Championship (1993) and one European Junior Championship (1992).

Malkin played for Russia in two World Championships (2006, 2007), three World Junior Championships (2004, 2005, 2006) and two World Under-18 Championships (2003, 2004).

With Malkin, Gonchar, Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Semin and Alexander Frolov, Russia is one of the heavy favorites to walk away with a medal in the upcoming 2010 Olympic Games.

Also invited to camp are former Penguins Alexei Kovalev, Alexei Morozov and Sergei Zubov.

Other notable names include forwards Sergei Federov and Victor Kozlov, defensemen Dmitri Kalinin and Alexei Zhitnik and goaltenders Evgeni Nabokov and Simeon Varlamov.

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