RoughRiders get their 1st Olympian

Published: January 29 2010 | 1:31 pm - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 6:19 pm in
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The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have had five players graduate to the National Hockey League. Now it appears they have their very first Olympian.

Former Rider Sergei Kolosov has been named to the Belarus Olympic hockey team, he confirmed via Facebook on Friday.

The 23-year-old defenseman is in his second year with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Kolosov, who recently missed three games because of a concussion, has a goal and three assists in 40 games for Grand Rapids. A stay-at-home rearguard, he had four goals and seven assists in 70 games last season in the AHL.

Kolosov was not named to the initial Belarus Olympic roster, which was considered a surprise, but apparently has been recently added. Roster deadlines for the hockey competition are Feb. 15.

Kolosov played in Cedar Rapids in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. A Detroit draft pick, the Red Wings sent him here to learn English and the North American game.

Congrats, Sergei!!

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