Former Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will not be content to be a spectator this winter when the Olympics take over his native country of Russia.

He will also not be content to be relegated to a backup position on team Russia behind Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlomov.

“I do not understand why everyone considers me a reserve player” Nabokov told NHL.com. “We have a coaching staff and none of them has said anything about who will be the first goaltender and who will be the second or third.

"I am happy to be on the national team and that is enough.”

Nabokov was part of the 2006 and 2010 Russian Olympic hockey teams says that he wants to help bring the gold medal to Russia in 2014.