Before the world Cup, which starts on 6 may, the Russian team lost three times in a row in the framework of the Euro tour.

Eurotrip with the participation of Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland takes place from season 1996/97. Russian national team 6 times became the winner of the tournament, this season the best were the Swedes.

Eurotrip

Russia — Finland— 2:3 (1:1, 1:2, 0:0)

Washer:
0:1 — 10 Cocciante (Hietanen, Aho)
1:1 — 10 Mosyakin (Shipachev, Carpenters)
1:2 — 24 Ohtamaa (Aho, Kukkonen)
2:2 — 28 Belov (Burmistrov, Mozyakin)
2:3 — 32 Pulkkinen (Aho, Jaakola)

Russia: Bobrovsky, Chudinov, Antipin, Belov, Beregazzo, Andronov, Burmistrov, Dadonov, Averin, Denisov, Kalinin, Emelin, Marchenko, Mozyakin, Carpenters, Sannikov, Semin, Shirokov, Vadim Shipachyov, Yakupov, Tikhonov, Varlamov, Rabbits.

Finland: Aho, Metsola, Filppula, Granlund, Backstrom, Ahonen, Kiviste, Jaakola, Iormakka Dynasty, Hietanen, Mosquitoes, Mattila, Kukkonen, Cocciante, Melart, Ohtamaa, Pulkkinen, Puerile, Sallinen, Sallinen, Rantanen, Warn, Virtanen.

Final standings of the teams in the Euro tour: Sweden — 23 points (12 games), Finland — 19 (12), Czech Republic — 16 (12), Russia— 14 (12).