Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy are the first names submitted to be part of the Russian Olympic Committee to play at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
The remainder of the 25-player team is expected to be announced in January. The Russian Olympic Committee is scheduled to begin play in the tournament against Switzerland China on Feb. 9.
Ovechkin, the captain of the Washington Capitals, will be in his fourth Olympics; he played in the 2006 Turin Olympics (fourth), the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (sixth) and the 2014 Sochi Olympics (fifth). The 36-year-old forward scored 42 points (24 goals, 18 assists) in 45 games last season. He is sixth in NHL history in goals (730) and had scored at least 30 goals in 15 straight seasons prior to last season.