Russia added firepower when centre Pavel Datsyuk arrived at the IIHF world hockey championship in Germany on Tuesday following the defeat of his Detroit Red Wings in the NHL playoffs.
One of his Detroit teammates, defenceman Jonathan Ericsson, was expected to join Sweden for his first world tournament. Former NHL player Michael Nylander was to be another late addition for Sweden.
Datsyuk, a three-time Olympian, was the Red Wings' scoring leader with 27 goals and 70 points in 80 regular-season games. He then had 13 points in 12 playoff games.
With favoured Russia, he'll join other NHL stars including Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Denis Grebeshkov, Alexander Semin and Semyon Varlamov.