Ostrava 2021: Get to know RPC

Experienced Para ice hockey players lead the team in their return to the World Championships in Czech Republic 10 Jun 2021
A Para ice hockey player scoring a goal observed by other four players
Dmitrii Lisov was named Best Forward at the 2015 World Championships and will be representing the RPC at Ostrava 2021
ⒸRalf Kuckuck/BSB
By Stuart Lieberman | For World Para Ice Hockey

The 2021 World Para Ice Hockey Championships will take place from 19-26 June in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The top eight teams from around the world will compete for five Paralympic qualification spots. Follow along as we break down what you need to know about each team.

Background: The RPC will be making its first World Championship appearance since winning bronze in 2015. Six athletes from that team remain on the RPC roster, including goaltender Andrei Kasatkin and defenseman Ilia Volkov. The team won bronze in their prior two appearances at the event and are strong podium contenders for the Beijing 2022 Paralympics after missing out on the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

World Ranking: 7th 

World Championships History: 
2015: 3rd place
2013: 3rd place

Athlete to Watch: Forward Dmitrii Lisov, one of the six returning players, has been the squad’s leading scorer for most of the past decade, taking the team from pretender to contender at the Sochi 2014 Games. He has now been playing Para ice hockey for 11 years and was named Best Forward at the 2015 World Championships.

Matchup to Watch: RPC vs. Norway on 22 June at 11:30 (CEST), the third day of preliminary round play, will be the first time the two square off on the international stage since the 2015 World Championships bronze-medal game. In that match, Ilia Volkov scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Russia to a 2-1 victory and a spot on the podium. It marked the RPC’s second straight bronze medal at a World Championships and solidified that their medal performance at the Sochi 2014 Games was no one-and-done.

RPC roster

Andrei Kasatkin
Evgenii Plotnikov

Stanislav Barykin
Aleksei Eremin
Dmitrii Galkin
Ivan Kuznetsov
Mihail Miachin
Ilia Volkov

Airat Khamzin
Dmiitrii Lisov
Igo Maletskiy
Evgenii Petrov
Ilia Popov
Vladimir Rychkov
Konstantin Shikhov
Andrey Sokolov
Nikolai Terentev