Despite their silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics and a top three performance at the 2015 World Championships A-Pool, the Russian team faced a huge upset at the 2016 World Sledge Hockey.
Challenge in January. In a dramatic finish that no one could have predicted, during the bronze medal game they lost to underdogs South Korea. But one thing seen from this team in the past is that any loss will always push them harder and they simply refuse to give up. It is likely that they will arrive for the Europeans with a determination that might just get them a medal.
Nikola Terentev has been making his presence noted on the ice in recent games, and team captain Dmitrii Lisov has already stated that he hopes to return to his earlier goalscoring ways.
All team previews for the 2016 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey European Championships can be viewed at the event website.
All games will be streamed live at paralympic.org/ostersund-2016 alongside live results.