MOSCOW — Former NHL forward Artem Anisimov has come out of solitary confinement after testing negative for the coronavirus and has joined the Russian squad ahead of the Beijing Olympics, the country’s hockey federation announced Thursday.
Anisimov has the most NHL experience of any Russian roster with 771 regular-season games played for four teams in 13 seasons, most recently for the Ottawa Senators in 2020-21.
The federation first announced he tested positive for the virus on Wednesday evening in a statement to state news agency Tass, saying he had been replaced on the 25-man list by Vladimir Tkachev and transferred in the taxi team.
“Artem Anisimov provided a negative test and spent the required time in quarantine in Novogorsk (training base) and joined the team today,” team manager Ilya Kovalchuk told the website on Thursday. of the federation.
The Russians are the defending champions after winning gold in Pyeongchang four years ago. They open the tournament on February 9 against Switzerland, and they also face the Czech Republic and Denmark as a group.
There was no information on when Anisimov tested positive or how long he spent in solitary confinement.
People who have recently been infected with the virus must submit five negative tests to enter China for the Olympics.
There have been five cases of the virus reported among Russian Olympic athletes this week, including one in figure skating, one in skeleton and two in the same bobsleigh crew.