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Forward Sergei Kalinin will replace the injured Andrei Loktionov for the remainder of the 2014 World Championships after the Carolina Hurricanes suffered a shoulder injury in his first shift of the tournament.

Kalinin will participate in his very first World Championship tournament after posting an assist in three games with the Russian national team at the Euro Hockey Tour this year. Kalinin, who, currently plays for Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, posted 17 points in 51 games in a fairly limited role this year. Loktionov on the other hand had seven goals and 22 points in 68 games with New Jersey and Carolina this season. It was Loktionov’s second World Championship, as the forward posted an assist in seven games last year.

In that same game that Loktionov was injured in, Swiss forward Sven Bartschi suffered a fractured rib in his first-ever World Championship game and will also miss the remainder of the tournament. The Calgary Flames prospect will be replaced by Benjamin Pluss of Fribourg-Gotteron, who has a single point in 8 career World Championship games.

Czech defenceman Roman Polak of the St. Louis Blues also suffered a shoulder injury while playing against the Slovakian’s in the first game of the tournament. Polak, who had 13 points and 71 penalty minutes in 72 games with the St. Louis Blues, will be replaced by Charlotte Checkers defender Michal Jordan for the rest of he tournament. Jordan has never suited up for the Czech’s at the World Championships prior to this year, but he did suit up for two Euro Hockey Tour games earlier this month.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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