MOSCOW — Former NHL players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk will lead the hockey team of the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" at the Pyeongchang Games.
It's the fifth Olympics for both Datsyuk and Kovalchuk. They will be on a team drawn entirely from the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League.
The Russian roster — for a team which must play in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag — also features former Los Angeles Kings
Five Russian players had failed to pass International Olympic Committee vetting imposed as part of Russia's punishment for doping
However, officials said only one of the five, former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Sergei Plotnikov, would have made the roster.