Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Orlov to join Team Russia for 2019 IIHF World Championship

Caroline Brandt
NBC Sports Washington
Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov are heading to Russia to play in the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Orlov to join Team Russia for 2019 IIHF World Championship

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov are heading to Russia to play in the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Orlov to join Team Russia for 2019 IIHF World Championship originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

Now that the Capitals' postseason has come to an abrupt end, the team is regrouping for the offseason beginning with locker cleanout Friday morning.

As players figure out offseason plans, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov will be heading back to their home country of Russia to join the national team for this year's IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. 

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The Russian National team's official English Twitter account confirmed the news Thursday.

Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Orlov join other Russian NHL players such as Toronto Maple Leaf's Nikita Zaitsev and Evgenii Dadonov of the Florida Panthers. 

The last time Ovechkin participated in the IIHF World Championship was after the Capitals' postseason loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016. Team Russia went on to beat Team USA in the Bronze Medal game.

Kuznetsov and Orlov joined Team Russia in the 2017 IIHF's where Russia won the Bronze in consecutive years.

The 2019 IIHF World Championship begins in two weeks on Friday, May 10.

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