CHL and CIBC launch #CIBCRenameTheGame fan vote
Prince George, BC – The stage is set for the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series featuring some of the world’s best major junior hockey talent competing in a six-game series that opens tonight in Prince George, BC.
2016 marks the 14th edition of the Canada-Russia rivalry with regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates from across the Canadian Hockey League competing against the Russian National Junior Team. The series is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Championship and begins with two games in the Western Hockey League, followed by a pair of contests in the Ontario Hockey League, and wraps up with two games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“The rivalry between Canada and Russia is one of the greatest in hockey,” said CHL President David Branch. “For the 14th straight season we look forward to bringing the CIBC Canada Russia Series to communities across our country. This event annually showcases many of the league’s best players aiming for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team in advance of the World Junior Championship which returns to Toronto and Montreal next winter.”
Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 54-18-6 against Team Russia. The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with four of the last six series decided in the final game. Russia earned their first series victory in 2010 and have since alternated annual series victories with the CHL who earned the 2015 title by a 12-3 margin in points.
The 2016 event welcomes CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, as title sponsor. Over the past few weeks, CIBC and the CHL have partnered to give fans the opportunity to rename the CIBC Canada Russia Series through online submissions using #CIBCRenameTheGame.
“As new title sponsor of the CIBC Canada Russia Series, we want to help capture and amplify the pride around junior hockey across Canada,” says Rob Assimakopoulos, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CIBC. “The opportunity to give this iconic tournament a new name, beginning in 2017, is a great way for Canadians to foster a sense of ownership for this campaign, by voting for their favourite choice, and creating a lasting impact on the series.”
From November 7-17, Canadians can vote for their favourite new name from a list of online entries by visiting http://chlcanadarussia.ca/renamethegame.
Fans from coast-to-coast can enjoy all six games of the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Live scoring, statistics, tournament history, records, event news, and game highlights are all available at http://chlcanadarussia.ca and on social media @CHLHockey using #CANvsRUS.
2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 7 at Prince George, BC (Live at 7pm PT on Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2, NHL Network U.S)
Game 2 – Tuesday November 8 at Edmonton, AB (Live at 8pm MT on Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2, NHL Network U.S)
Game 3 – Thursday November 10 at North Bay, ON (Live at 7pm ET on Sportsnet ONE, TVA Sports 2, Next day 1:00 pm ET on NHL Network U.S)
Game 4 – Monday November 14 at Hamilton, ON (Live at 7pm ET on Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2, Next day 1:00 pm ET on NHL Network U.S)
Game 5 – Tuesday November 15 at Chicoutimi, QC (Live at 7pm ET on Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet Pacific, TVA Sports 2, Next day 1:00 pm ET on NHL Network U.S)
Game 6 – Thursday November 17 at Baie-Comeau, QC (Live at 7pm ET on Sportsnet ONE, TVA Sports 2, Next day 1:00 pm ET on NHL Network U.S)
The 2016 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by title sponsor and Official Bank of the CHL, CIBC, and CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams.