Russian Olympic Hockey Team to Train in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Russian Olympic women's hockey team will make Duluth and AMSOIL Arena its home for two weeks leading up the Sochi 2014 Winter Games on Feb. 7- 14 thanks to UMD women's coach Shannon Miller.

Miller, Russia's mentor through an IIHF mentoring program, was instrumental in landing Duluth as Russia's home base from Nov. 20-Dec. 2.

"We are very honored to be hosting the Russian Women's Olympic Hockey Team at our home in Amsoil and in our community of Duluth," said Miller. "I will be working directly with their coaches to assist with their preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics being hosted in Sochi, Russia."

"This is a great opportunity to help Team Russia prepare and for our community to host an Olympic team."

Team Russia will train between 10 a.m. and noon at AMSOIL each day before playing two exhibition games against the Bulldogs on Nov. 26 and Dec. 2. Russia will also play games against Bemidji State and North Dakota.

Former Bulldogs Aleksandra Vafina and Iya Gavrilova led the way for Russia at the 2013 IIHF World Championships in Ottawa, Canda where the team took third.

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