Jan 15, 2014, 8:11 AM EDT
Russia chose a veteran forward to wear the “C” at the Sochi Olympics.
“We have a candidate for the team’s captain who was agreed upon unanimously by the coaching staff -– it is Pavel Datsyuk,” Russia coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said Wednesday, according to R-Sport.
Datsyuk, 35, is set to compete in his fourth Olympics. The Detroit Red Wings alternate captain helped Russia to bronze in 2002, but it did not win a medal in 2006 or 2010.
He succeeds Aleksey Morozov as Russia’s Olympic hockey captain. Morozov, 36, is not on the Olympic Team this year.
Other candidates were thought to be Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and former NHL player Ilya Kovalchuk, who were alternate captains in 2010.
Kovalchuk didn’t consider the captaincy all that big of a deal.
“A patch on your chest means nothing,” Kovalchuk said, according to R-Sport. “To win at the Olympics, everyone in our team must be a captain.”
- U.S. 400m runner Torrin Lawrence dies in car accident 0
- Brazil’s Olympic coach wants Neymar to play at Rio 2016 0
- U.S. teams sweep World Series of Beach Volleyball (video) 0
- UPDATE: Noelle Pikus-Pace’s brother and his children found in Idaho 0
- Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross make WSOBV final 0
- Usain Bolt arrives in Glasgow, says he’s injury free 0
- Queen photobombs Commonwealth Games athlete selfie 0
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (61)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (56)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (38)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)