Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick have made Team USA, Anze Kopitar has made the Slovenian squad and most recently, Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter have cracked the Team Canada squad. While Carter’s addition to the Canadian team came as a pleasant surprise, the former four names, as great as the news was, were more or less expected to make the rosters for their respective countries. Joining the five Kings heading to Russia will be Slava Voynov, who will be representing his native Russia.
While he has represented his country at the World Juniors, Slava Voynov has yet to don the Russia uniform at the Olympics. But he will get that chance next month as, like Drew Doughty four years earlier, he will get the opportunity to win gold in his native land.
In 43 games this season, Voynov, who turns 24 next week, has scored three times and added 13 assists while registering 78 shots and a +4 rating. Of course, while he does help out offensively, the defenseman’s contributions are most evident on the penalty kill which is among the league’s best despite their recent losing streak where the PK wasn’t as noteworthy. Nevertheless, what Slava Voynov brings to the table for the Los Angeles Kings is good enough for Russian management to make him a part of their team’s quest for gold on home soil.
At 6-feet, 194 pounds, he certainly isn’t the biggest blueliner but one thing is certain: While the limelight will be most focused on the likes of Ovechkin and Malkin, Slava Voynov will play an integral role in helping Team Russia achieve success next month.
In addition, should Russia capture gold next month, while I will be very disappointed, I will have no trouble taking solace in the fact that Mr. Voynov was a part of his country’s win.
Congratulations to the soon-to-be homeboy.