Report: Datsyuk named Russian Olympic captain


The Detroit Red Wings will have a pair of players serving as captains in Sochi.

On Wednesday, news broke that Pavel Datsyuk would captain the Russian squad at the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to reports out of Russia (per

Datsyuk, currently an alternate in Detroit to captain Henrik Zetterberg — who’ll wear the “C” for Sweden in Sochi — has participated in three previous Olympics but wasn’t part of Russia’s leadership group in 2010. Aleksey Morozov captained the club in Vancouver, while Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin served as alternates.

In all, the Red Wings have 10 players going to the Olympics: Datsyuk; Zetterberg, Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Jonas Gustavsson (Sweden); Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco (Slovakia) and Jimmy Howard (U.S.A.)

Head coach Mike Babcock is the Canadian bench boss.


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