Original snub Semin joins Team Russia late

Alex Semin (right) of the Carolina Hurricanes will join former Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on Team Russia.

Things are starting to turn around for Alex Semin.

After the Carolina Hurricanes forward’s disappointing start to the season, he was left off Russia’s original Olympic roster in favour of Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin and other lesser-known Russians who play in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Now that one of those KHLers, Dynamo Moscow forward Sergei Soin, has been sidelined with a concussion, Semin has been added to the national team roster, the Hurricanes confirmed Tuesday morning.

The slumping Semin, who broke out with two goals in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Florida, now ranks eighth in the NHL in scoring among Russians with 21 points in 36 games.

Semin joins Carolina teammates Justin Faulk (USA), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) and Tuomo Ruutu (Finland), who will also represent their countries in the tournament, which begins Feb. 12.

The 29-year-old native of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, has represented his country in nine major international tournaments, including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, where he registered two assists in four games.

He helped Russia win gold at the 2008 and 2012 IIHF world championships and also won medals at the 2002 U-18 world junior championship (silver), 2005 IIHF world championship (bronze) and 2010 IIHF world championship (silver).

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