Team Russia Roster Announced for 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation today announced the roster for Team Russia that will compete in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series which takes place November 4-14.

A team of 24 Russian players including three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 13 forwards will travel across Canada as part of the 17th annual series with six games against CHL competition in preparation for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Team Russia includes 21 players born in 2000, three born in 2001, and features a total of three players with NHL affiliations. That group is headlined by Vancouver Canucks prospect Vasili Podkolzin, the tenth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Sixth round Arizona Coyotes pick Danil Savunov and 2018 second round Vegas Golden Knights pick Ivan Morozov will also play in all six games. In addition to the NHL affiliated talent, two of the 2001 born players are top prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft including Rodion Amirov who was given an ‘A’ rating by NHL Central Scouting in their October Players to Watch list, and Maxim Groshev who was given a ‘B’ rating. While all 24 players will be competing in this event for the first time, Podkolzin, Morozov, and goaltender Amir Miftakhov were all members of Russia’s bronze medal entry at the 2019 World Juniors in Vancouver and Victoria.

An additional seven CHL players will join Team Russia throughout the series competing within their regional league. That list includes QMJHL talents like St. Louis Blues prospect Nikita Alexandrov of the Charlottetown Islanders, Minnesota Wild prospect Alexander Khovanov of the Moncton Wildcats, Egor Sokolov of the Cape Breton Eagles, and Calgary Flames prospect Dmitry Zavgorodniy of the Rimouski Oceanic. Nashville Predators prospect Egor Afanasyev of the Windsor Spitfires and New Jersey Devils prospect Nikita Okhotyuk of the Ottawa 67’s will play in OHL games, while Philadelphia Flyers prospect Egor Zamula of the Calgary Hitmen will play in the WHL.

Behind the bench for Team Russia is head coach Valery Bragin who is making his eighth series appearance and sixth straight. His time with the Russian National Junior Team has led to six World Junior medals including 2011 gold in Buffalo, silver in Calgary (2012), Toronto (2015), and Finland (2016), along with bronze in Montreal (2017) and Vancouver (2019).

Team Russia has captured four series victories including 2010, 2012, and 2018, bringing their overall record to 33-60-0-3.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series – Team Russia:

Goaltenders:
Amir Miftakhov (Ak Bars Kazan)
Daniil Isayev (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
Gleb Nosov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)

Defencemen:
Gleb Babintsev (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Mikhail Gordeyev (HC Sochi, Sochi)
Anton Malyshev (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
Stepan Ostrovsky (Admiral Vladivostok)
Daniil Pylenkov (Vityaz Podolsk)
Sergei Telegin (Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk)
Daniil Valitov ( Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)
Nikita Zorkin (SKA St. Peterburg)

Forwards:
Rodion Amirov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Maxim Groshev (Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk )
Lev Komissarov (CSKA Moscow)
Ilya Kruglov (Dynamo Moscow)
Vladislav Mikhailov (Dynamo Moscow)
Ivan Morozov (SKA St. Peterburg)
Vasili Podkolzin (SKA St. Peterburg)
Nikita Rtishchev ( CSKA Moscow)
Pavel Rotenberg (Dynamo St. Peterburg)
Danil Savunov (SKA St. Peterburg)
Zakhar Shablovskii (Spartak Moscow)
Maxim Sorkin (CSKA Moscow)
Yegor Stepanov (Traktor Chelyabinsk)

QMJHL players on Team Russia:
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders)
Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats)
Egor Sokolov (Cape Breton Eagles)
Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Oceanic)

OHL players on Team Russia:
Egor Afanasyev (Windsor Spitfires) – Game 3 only
Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s)

WHL players on Team Russia:
Egor Zamula (Calgary Hitmen)

Staff:
Head Coach – Valery Bragin
Assistant Coach – Alexander Boikov
Goalie Coach – Vladimir Kulikov
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Philipp Arzamazov
Team Manager – Oleg Shulya
Analyst – Roman Barinov
Analyst – Aleksey Khomchenkov
Physician – Valery Egorov
Massage Therapist – Artem Timofeev
Equipment Manager – Alexander Rezepov
Media Manager – Artur Kovtunenko

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is proudly supported by title partner CIBC, and associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 4 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Tuesday November 5 at Moncton, NB
Game 3 – Thursday November 7 at Kitchener, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 11 at London, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 13 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 6 – Thursday November 14 at Prince Albert, SK

For event information please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

TEAM OHL LEADERSHIP GROUP ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES

Captains

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, today announced the leadership group for Team OHL ahead of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Owen Sound Attack forward Aidan Dudas will lead Team OHL, wearing the ‘C’ for both Games 3 and 4 set for Thursday November 7 in Kitchener and Monday November 11 in London. He’ll be joined by assistant captains Kevin Bahl of the Ottawa 67’s and Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds.

A 19-year-old from Parry Sound, Ont., Dudas leads the Attack in scoring with 18 points (4-14–18) through 12 games this season. The Owen Sound captain is in the midst of his fourth OHL season after being the club’s first round (10th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. The 5-foot-8, 168Ib. centre was a fourth round (113th overall) pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2018 and has amassed 166 points (69-97–166) over 204 career OHL regular season contests, tacking on an additional 15 career (9-6–15) postseason points over 33 contests. Known across the league as a fierce competitor, Dudas was voted the Western Conference’s hardest worker in the 2018-19 OHL Coaches Poll.

Dudas has represented Hockey Canada on the world stage three different times, winning silver with Canada Black at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he recorded five points (1-4–5) over six contests. He then won gold at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup before representing Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia.

Ottawa 67’s fourth-year defenceman Kevin Bahl will join Dudas as an assistant as he suits up for Team OHL in his third CIBC Canada Russia Series. The 6-foot-7, 240Ib. native of Mississauga, Ont. has four points (2-2–4) through 13 games this season after helping the 67’s win an Eastern Conference title last spring. Bahl has registered 60 points (10-50–60) over 196 career OHL regular season contests and was a second round (55th overall) pick of the Arizona Coyotes in 2018. The former second round (31st overall) OHL Priority Selection choice back in 2016 has appeared in 26 career OHL playoff contests, recording 11 points (1-10–11) along the way.

Bahl has represented Canada internationally three different times, competing for Canada Red at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge before winning gold at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He also represented Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship, putting up three points (1-2–3) over five games.

Nineteen-year-old Ty Dellandrea has tallied 14 points (6-8–14) over 10 games for the 9-3-0-0 Flint Firebirds who are off to their best start in club history. The Firebirds captain is in the midst of his fourth OHL season after being the club’s first round (5th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Dellandrea has amassed 160 points (68-92–160) over 194 career OHL regular season games and was a first round (13th overall) pick of the Dallas Stars in the 2018 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 190Ib. native of Port Perry, Ont. made his professional debut following the end of last season, recording three points (2-1–3) over 11 games with the AHL’s Texas Stars. Dellandrea fared well in the 2018-19 OHL Coaches Poll, being voted the Western Conference’s best faceoff man as well as the conference’s second-best playmaker.

Dellandrea is a four-time representative of Hockey Canada, suiting up for Canada Red at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge before winning a gold medal at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He competed in both the 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championships, registering five points (2-3–5) over a combined total of 10 games.

All three players were invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Showcase.

In 16 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has played to a record of 25-6-1 following a 3-1 win in Sarnia and a 4-0 loss in Oshawa last season.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 4 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Tuesday November 5 at Moncton, NB
Game 3 – Thursday November 7 at Kitchener, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 11 at London, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 13 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 6 – Thursday November 14 at Prince Albert, SK

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is proudly supported by title partner CIBC, and associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

SPIRIT’S DAMIEN GIROUX ADDED TO TEAM OHL FOR CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League announced today that Saginaw Spirit forward Damien Giroux has been added to Team OHL’s roster for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Giroux replaces injured Ottawa 67’s forward Graeme Clarke on the roster and will compete in Game 3 of the series on Thursday November 7 in Kitchener.

A 19-year-old native of Hanmer, Ont., Giroux leads the Spirit in goal-scoring with 12 markers and 20 points through 16 games this season. The Saginaw captain was a fifth round pick of the Minnesota Wild in the 2018 NHL Draft and was named the club’s Most Improved Prospect at Development Camp back in June.

Giroux, who joins Spirit teammate Cole Perfetti on the roster, is in the midst of his fourth OHL season after helping the Spirit reach the Western Conference Championship Series for the first time last spring. The 5-foot-10, 180Ib. centre has amassed 139 points (69-70–139) over 204 career OHL regular season games, all spent in a Spirit uniform. He was Saginaw’s third round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is proudly supported by title partner CIBC, and associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

OHL ANNOUNCES ROSTER FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIE

Canada Russia

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, today announced the Team OHL rosters for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Team OHL will compete against the Russian National Junior Team in Game 3 of the six-game cross Canada series in Kitchener on Thursday November 7 and in Game 4 in London on Monday November 11. The series will begin with two games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and will wrap up with two games played in the Western Hockey League.

A total of 25 players have been selected to represent the OHL in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series including 15 players who will compete in both Ontario games. The rosters feature 20 players who have been selected in the NHL Draft including first round picks Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars, 13th in 2018) of the Flint Firebirds, Liam Foudy (Columbus Blue Jackets, 18th in 2018) of the London Knights, Thomas Harley (Dallas Stars, 18th in 2019) of the Mississauga Steelheads, Ryan Merkley (San Jose Sharks, 21st in 2018) of the London Knights, Philip Tomasino (Nashville Predators, 24th in 2019) of the Niagara IceDogs, Connor McMichael (Washington Capitals, 25th in 2019) of the London Knights and Ryan Suzuki (Carolina Hurricanes, 28th in 2019) of the Barrie Colts. Four players who are first time eligible for the NHL Draft in 2020 have also been named to the roster including forwards Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves and Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit along with defencemen Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters and Ryan O’Rourke of the Soo Greyhounds.

Kitchener Rangers teammates Jacob Ingham, a sixth-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2018 and Riley Damiani, a fifth-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2018, will have a chance to compete before a home crowd at The Aud on November 7. The London Knights quartet of NHL prospects Foudy (Columbus Blue Jackets), McMichael (Washington Capitals), Merkley (San Jose Sharks) and goaltender Jordan Kooy (Vegas Golden Knights) will suit up before a London crowd on November 11.

Team OHL rosters were assembled by a Selection Committee that includes Hockey Canada Program of Excellence National Junior Team manager Mark Hunter of the London Knights, Owen Sound Attack general manager Dale DeGray and Ottawa 67’s general manager James Boyd in consultation with Hockey Canada head scout Brad McEwen.

In 16 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has played to a record of 25-6-1 following a 3-1 win in Sarnia and a 4-0 loss in Oshawa last season.

Team OHL Roster:

Game 3 – Thursday November 7 – Kitchener

Goaltenders:
Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)*
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)*

Defencemen:
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Ryan Merkley (London Knights)
Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)*
Tyler Tucker (Barrie Colts)

Forwards:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)*
Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)*
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)

Staff:
Head Coach: Dale Hunter (London Knights)
Assistant Coach: Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s)
Assistant Coach: Jay McKee (Kitchener Rangers)
Trainer & Equipment Manager: Dan LeBold (Kitchener Rangers)
Athletic Therapist: Cory Birk (Kitchener Rangers)
Assistant Equipment Manager: Barry Hoch (Kitchener Rangers)

*- denotes players competing in one game only
Game 4 – Monday November 11 – London

Goaltenders:
Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)*
Jordan Kooy (London Knights)*

Defencemen:
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Declan Chisholm (Peterborough Petes)*
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Ryan Merkley (London Knights)
Tyler Tucker (Barrie Colts)

Forwards:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals)*
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)*
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)

Staff:
Head Coach: Dale Hunter (London Knights)
Assistant Coach: Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s)
Assistant Coach: Dylan Hunter (London Knights)
Equipment Manager: Chris Maton (London Knights)
Trainer/Physiotherapist: Doug Stacey (London Knights)

*- denotes players competing in one game only

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 4 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Tuesday November 5 at Moncton, NB
Game 3 – Thursday November 7 at Kitchener, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 11 at London, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 13 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 6 – Thursday November 14 at Prince Albert, SK

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is proudly supported by title partner CIBC, and associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Hosts Announced

Canada Russia

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with title partner CIBC, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League, today announced the six Canadian host cities for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series to be played November 4-14.

The six-game series features CHL regional league teams comprised of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team as an integral part of the evaluation process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

For the first time since 2013 the event will begin in the QMJHL, followed by two OHL matchups, and ending with a pair of contests hosted by the WHL.  The puck drops in New Brunswick with the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Moncton Wildcats hosting Game’s 1 and 2 respectively on Monday November 4 and Tuesday November 5.  When the series shifts to Ontario it will be the Kitchener Rangers hosting Game 3 on Thursday November 7 followed by the London Knights hosting Game 4 on Monday November 11.  The series will then wrap up in Saskatchewan with the Saskatoon Blades and the Prince Albert Raiders hosting Game’s 5 and 6 on Wednesday November 13 and Thursday November 14.

“The Canada and Russia rivalry is like no other in hockey and continues to ignite passion among the players competing on the ice and for the fans following along in CHL communities across the country,” said CHL President David Branch. “This is a showcase of our league’s best players and the stars who will proudly don the maple leaf at Christmas as members of Canada’s National Junior Team in pursuit of gold at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic.”

Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 63-25-2-6 and have won 12 of 16 total series despite coming up short last season in Russia’s first event win since 2014.  The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with six of the last nine series decided in the final game including last season where Russia scored a late goal to force overtime and clinch the title in Drummondville.  20 members of Team Canada at the 2019 World Juniors previously competed in this event, while Russia’s bronze medal winning roster was largely derived from members of this team.

“No other hockey rivalry ignites passion amongst hockey fans as the one that pits Canada against Russia. Fans across the country will be on the edge of their seats cheering on the Canadian teams during the action,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice President, Brand, Purpose and Marketing, CIBC. “Congratulations to the six host cities of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series! We are looking forward to sharing in the excitement with our clients and employees in these communities, as we rally behind the team to reclaim the trophy.”

The first five cities on the tour will each be hosting this event for the third time while this marks just the second time for Prince Albert following 2008 when Team WHL earned a 2-1 victory to close out the series.  Russia has won both previous games played in Saint John including Game 2 back in 2008 by a 4-3 score, and Game 1 in 2010 by a 5-4 score.  Moncton hosted Game 2 back in 2005 with Team QMJHL skating to a 6-4 victory, then Game 6 in 2017 in likely the most dramatic finish in event history with Russia winning 2-1 in regulation followed by a Team QMJHL triumph in the first ever series deciding shootout.  Kitchener has hosted Game 3 twice before with Team OHL winning both times including 2005 by a 5-2 score and 2007 by a 5-3 score.  London hosted the very first game in event history back in 2003 where Team OHL claimed a 7-1 victory, then hosted Game 3 in 2010 where Team OHL earned a 4-0 shutout.  Saskatoon’s hosting history includes Game 5 in 2005 won 9-2 by Team WHL, and Game 1 of the 2014 series won 3-2 by Russia in a shootout.

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Kia Canada, Sherwin-Williams, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Monday November 4 at Saint John, NB

Game 2 – Tuesday November 5 at Moncton, NB

Game 3 – Thursday November 7 at Kitchener, ON

Game 4 – Monday November 11 at London, ON

Game 5 – Wednesday November 13 at Saskatoon, SK

Game 6 – Thursday November 14 at Prince Albert, SK

For event information please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

2019 WJC Rosters

CANADA
Goaltenders
Michael DiPietro 1999 Windsor, ON, CAN 6’0″ 201 L OHL
Ian Scott 1999 Calgary, AB, CAN 6’3″ 183 L WHL
Defensemen
Evan Bouchard 1999 Oakville, ON, CAN 6’2″ 198 R OHL
Josh Brook 1999 Roblin, MB, CAN 6’1″ 192 R WHL
Noah Dobson 2000 Summerside, PE, CAN 6’3″ 176 R QMJHL
Jared McIsaac 2000 Truro, NS, CAN 6’1″ 196 L QMJHL
Ian Mitchell 1999 Calahoo, AB, CAN 5’11” 174 R NCAA
Markus Phillips 1999 Markham, ON, CAN 6’0″ 203 L OHL
Ty Smith 2000 Lloydminster, SK, CAN 5’11” 179 L WHL
Forwards
Jaret Anderson-Dolan 1999 Calgary, AB, CAN 5’11” 194 L WHL
Shane Bowers 1999 Halifax, NS, CAN 6’1″ 183 L NCAA
Maxime Comtois 1999 Longueuil, QC, CAN 6’2″ 209 L QMJHL
MacKenzie Entwistle 1999 Georgetown, ON, CAN 6’3″ 181 R OHL
Alex Formenton 1999 King City, ON, CAN 6’2″ 185 L OHL
Morgan Frost 1999 Aurora, ON, CAN 6’0″ 185 L OHL
Cody Glass 1999 Winnipeg, MB, CAN 6’2″ 185 R WHL
Barrett Hayton 2000 Peterborough, ON, CAN 6’1″ 190 L OHL
Alexis Lafrenière 2001 Saint-Eustache, QC, CAN 6’1″ 192 L QMJHL
Brett Leason 1999 Calgary, AB, CAN 6’4″ 205 R WHL
Jack Studnicka 1999 Tecumseh, ON, CAN 6’2″ 179 R OHL
Nick Suzuki 1999 London, ON, CAN 5’11” 183 R OHL
Owen Tippett 1999 Peterborough, ON, CAN 6’1″ 201 R OHL
Joseph Veleno 2000 Montréal, QC, CAN 6’1″ 192 L QMJHL
CZECH REPUBLIC
Goaltenders
Lukas Dostal 2000 Brno, CZE 6’1″ 159 L Czech2
Jiri Patera 1999 Praha, CZE 6’2″ 207 L WHL
Jakub Skarek 1999 Jihlava, CZE 6’3″ 196 L Liiga
Defensemen
Daniel Bukac 1999 Most, CZE 6’5″ 209 R OHL
Jakub Galvas 1999 Ostrava, CZE 5’11” 165 L Czech
Michael Gaspar 1999 Praha, CZE 5’10” 181 L Czech2
Filip Král 1999 Blansko, CZE 6’1″ 172 L WHL
David Kvasnicka 1999 Rokycany, CZE 5’10” 185 L Czech2
Dalimil Mikyska 1999 Breclav, CZE 6’1″ 201 L Czech2
Radim Salda 1999 Pardubice, CZE 6’1″ 185 L QMJHL
Matyas Zelingr 1999 Benesov, CZE 6’3″ 203 L Czech2
Forwards
Petr Cajka 2000 Kadan, CZE 6’0″ 168 L OHL
Filip Chytil 1999 Kromeriz, CZE 6’2″ 203 L NHL
Jan Hladonik 1999 Trinec, CZE 5’9″ 161 L Czech2
Krystof Hrabik 1999 Praha, CZE 6’4″ 209 L WHL
Jan Jenik 2000 Nymburk, CZE 6’1″ 165 R Czech2
Martin Kaut 1999 Brno, CZE 6’2″ 176 R AHL
Jan Kern 1999 Praha, CZE 5’11” 192 L USHL
Jáchym Kondelík 1999 Hannover, GER 6’6″ 227 L NCAA
Jakub Lauko 2000 Praha, CZE 6’0″ 170 L QMJHL
Ondrej Machala 1999 Havlickuv Brod, CZE 5’11” 187 L Czech2
Martin Necas 1999 Nove Mesto na Morave, CZE 6’1″ 168 R AHL
Matej Pekar 2000 Turnov, CZE 6’0″ 170 L OHL
Karel Plasek 2000 Prerov, CZE 5’11” 154 L Czech
Jakub Pour 1999 Rokycany, CZE 6’3″ 198 L Czech2
Filip Zadina 1999 Pardubice, CZE 6’0″ 196 L AHL
DENMARK
Goaltenders
Albert Adamsen 1999 6’2″ 168 L Denmark
William Rørth 1999 5’10” 159 L Denmark
Mads Søgaard 2000 Aalborg, DEN 6’7″ 196 L WHL
Defensemen
Daniel Andersen 1999 5’11” 185 L SuperElit
Victor Andersen 1999 Herning, DEN 6’4″ 201 L Denmark
Lasse L. Carlsen 1999 6’6″ 227 L Denmark2
Lasse Holm Mortensen 2000 6’4″ 187 R Denmark
Magnus Koch 2000 6’1″ 218 L Denmark
Oscar Schulze 2000 6’3″ 214 L Denmark
Malte Setkov 1999 Rødovre, DEN 6’7″ 205 L SHL
Jeppe Urup Mogensen 1999 Odense, DEN 6’2″ 196 R USHL
Forwards
Lucas Andersen 1999 København, DEN 6’2″ 176 R SuperElit
Lukas Bach Nielsen 2000 6’0″ 183 R Elite Jr. A
Jonathan Brinkman 2001 Aalborg, DEN 5’11” 165 L Denmark
Victor Cubars 2000 6’2″ 187 L SuperElit
Søren Dietz-Larsen 1999 Vojens, DEN 6’1″ 203 R SuperElit
Christoffer Gath 1999 Ballerup, DEN 5’11” 181 L Denmark
Gustav Green 2000 6’2″ 176 L Denmark
Andreas Grundtvig 1999 Hørsholm, DEN 5’11” 176 L Denmark
Oliver Kjær 2000 Esbjerg, DEN 6’0″ 179 L Denmark
David Madsen 1999 Vojens, DEN 6’2″ 198 R SuperElit
Emil Marcussen 1999 Aalborg, DEN 6’0″ 179 L Denmark
Oliver Reuter 1999 Rødovre, DEN 5’9″ 159 L Denmark U20
Jonas Røndbjerg 1999 Rungsted, DEN 6’2″ 194 L SHL
Phillip Schultz 2000 Rødovre, DEN 6’0″ 194 L WHL
Jakob Wittendorf 1999 Vojens, DEN 6’1″ 187 R Denmark
FINLAND
Goaltenders
Lassi Lehtinen 1999 Lahti, FIN 6’0″ 170 L Liiga
Filip Lindberg 1999 Espoo, FIN 6’0″ 181 L NCAA
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 1999 Espoo, FIN 6’5″ 212 L OHL
Defensemen
Aleksi Anttalainen 1999 Turku, FIN 5’9″ 185 L QMJHL
Ville Heinola 2001 Honkajoki, FIN 5’11” 176 L Liiga
Anttoni Honka 2000 Jyväskylä, FIN 5’10” 170 R Liiga
Henri Jokiharju 1999 Oulu, FIN 6’0″ 181 R NHL
Olli Kaskinen 1999 Raisio, FIN 6’0″ 187 L Liiga
Oskari Laaksonen 1999 Tampere, FIN 6’2″ 165 R Liiga
Otto Latvala 1999 Alajärvi, FIN 6’5″ 190 R Jr. A SM-liiga
Toni Utunen 2000 Kokkola, FIN 5’11” 170 L Liiga
Urho Vaakanainen 1999 Joensuu, FIN 6’1″ 185 L NHL
Forwards
Teemu Engberg 1999 Loviisa, FIN 5’11” 183 L Liiga
Aleksi Heponiemi 1999 Tampere, FIN 5’10” 148 L Liiga
Kaapo Kakko 2001 Turku, FIN 6’1″ 181 L Liiga
Rasmus Kupari 2000 Kotka, FIN 6’1″ 183 R Liiga
Anton Lundell 2001 Espoo, FIN 6’1″ 183 L Liiga
Sami Moilanen 1999 Sipoo, FIN 5’9″ 181 L Liiga
Linus Nyman 1999 Helsinki, FIN 5’10” 159 L Liiga
Valtteri Puustinen 1999 Kuopio, FIN 5’9″ 179 L Jr. A SM-liiga
Sampo Ranta 2000 Naantali, FIN 6’2″ 190 L NCAA
Aarne Talvitie 1999 Espoo, FIN 5’10” 198 L NCAA
Eeli Tolvanen 1999 Vihti, FIN 5’10” 192 L AHL
Samuli Vainionpää 1999 Kangasala, FIN 6’0″ 174 L Liiga
Santeri Virtanen 1999 Kirkkonummi, FIN 6’2″ 194 L Liiga
Jesse Ylönen 1999 Scottsdale, AZ, USA 6’1″ 172 R Liiga
KAZAKHSTAN
Goaltenders
Denis Karatayev 1999 6’1″ 176 L MHL
Vladislav Nurek 2000 6’0″ 154 L MHL
Demid Yeremeyev 1999 6’1″ 198 L MHL
Defensemen
Samat Daniyar 1999 Astana, KAZ 5’11” 154 R MHL
Yaroslav Khripkov 1999 Satpaev, KAZ 6’2″ 192 L MHL
Artyom Korolyov 2001 Ust-Kamenogorsk, KAZ 6’0″ 163 L MHL
David Muratov 2001 6’2″ 165 – MHL
Ernar Musabayev 2000 5’11” 174 L MHL
Valeri Orekhov 1999 6’1″ 170 L KHL
Yevgeni Shinkaretsky 1999 Satpaev, KAZ 6’0″ 201 L MHL
Forwards
Oleg Boiko 2001 5’9″ 163 L MHL
Andrei Buyalsky 2000 6’0″ 148 L Kazakhstan
Sayan Daniyar 1999 5’11” 154 L MHL
Ruslan Dyomin 2000 5’10” 174 L Kazakhstan
Artur Gatiyatov 1999 Satpaev, KAZ 5’7″ 130 L MHL
Dias Guseinov 2001 6’0″ 146 L MHL
Davyd Makutsky 1999 Pavlodar, KAZ 5’9″ 152 L MHL
Dmitri Mitenkov 1999 5’10” 170 – MHL
Batyrlan Muratov 1999 6’1″ 154 R MHL
Maxim Musorov 2001 Ust-Kamenogorsk, KAZ 5’10” 154 R MHL
Danil Tretyakovsky 1999 5’11” 176 L MHL
Ivan Vereshchagin 1999 5’9″ 165 L Kazakhstan
Aidos Zhorabek 1999 5’10” 163 L MHL
RUSSIA
Goaltenders
Pyotr Kochetkov 1999 Kazan, RUS 6’3″ 183 L VHL
Amir Miftakhov 2000 Kazan, RUS 6’0″ 159 L VHL
Daniil Tarasov 1999 Novokuznetsk, RUS 6’4″ 181 L VHL
Defensemen
Alexander Alexeyev 1999 St. Petersburg, RUS 6’4″ 201 L WHL
Yevgeni Kalabushkin 1999 Stupino, RUS 6’0″ 181 L VHL
Anton Malyshev 2000 Yaroslavl, RUS 6’0″ 185 R MHL
Ilya Morozov 1999 Novosibirsk, RUS 6’3″ 207 L KHL
Saveli Olshansky 1999 Magnitogorsk, RUS 6’0″ 203 L VHL
Alexander Romanov 2000 Moskva, RUS 5’11” 185 L KHL
Mark Rubinchik 1999 Moskva, RUS 6’1″ 187 L VHL
Dmitri Samorukov 1999 Volgograd, RUS 6’2″ 181 L OHL
Danila Zhuravlyov 2000 Nizhny Novgorod, RUS 6’0″ 163 L VHL
Forwards
Grigori Denisenko 2000 Novosibirsk, RUS 5’11” 176 R VHL
Artyom Galimov 1999 Samara, RUS 6’0″ 174 L VHL
Yevgeni Kanitsky 1999 Mezhdurechensk, RUS 6’3″ 179 R VHL
Alexander Khovanov 2000 Saratov, RUS 5’11” 198 L QMJHL
Klim Kostin 1999 Penza, RUS 6’3″ 212 L AHL
Nikolai Kovalenko 1999 Raleigh, NC, USA 5’10” 174 L KHL
Vitali Kravtsov 1999 Vladivostok, RUS 6’4″ 183 L KHL
Kirill Marchenko 2000 Barnaul, RUS 6’3″ 187 R VHL
Ivan D. Morozov 2000 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS 6’1″ 179 R MHL
Ivan Muranov 1999 Moskva, RUS 6’3″ 187 L KHL
Nikita Shashkov 1999 Novokuznetsk, RUS 5’11” 179 L KHL
Pavel Shen 1999 Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS 6’1″ 183 L KHL
Kirill Slepets 1999 Khabarovsk, RUS 5’10” 146 L KHL
Stepan Starkov 1999 Belgorod, RUS 6’0″ 170 L KHL
SLOVAKIA
Goaltenders
Samuel Hlavaj 2001 Martin, SVK 6’2″ 187 L Slovakia
Jakub Kostelny 1999 Trencin, SVK 5’10” 154 L Slovakia
Juraj Sklenar 1999 Nitra, SVK 6’2″ 170 L Slovakia
Defensemen
Daniel Demo 1999 Bratislava, SVK 6’1″ 201 L SuperElit
Marcel Dlugos 2000 Zilina, SVK 6’4″ 207 L Slovakia U20
Martin Fehérváry 1999 Bratislava, SVK 6’2″ 194 L SHL
Andrej Golian 2001 Banska Bystrica, SVK 6’3″ 165 L Slovakia
Michal Ivan 1999 Ziar nad Hronom, SVK 6’1″ 181 L QMJHL
Marek Korencik 1999 Zilina, SVK 6’3″ 201 L SuperElit
Martin Kupec 1999 Banska Bystrica, SVK 6’0″ 196 L Slovakia
Adam Ziak 1999 Spisska Nova Ves, SVK 5’11” 187 L Jr. A SM-liiga
Forwards
Jozef Balaz 1999 Liptovsky Mikulas, SVK 5’9″ 163 L Czech2
Milos Fafrak 1999 Martin, SVK 6’3″ 176 L Slovakia
Oliver Giertl 1999 Brezno, SVK – – – Slovakia
Patrik Hrehorcak 1999 Poprad, SVK 5’10” 174 L QMJHL
Milos Kelemen 1999 Zvolen, SVK 6’2″ 212 L Slovakia
Andrej Kollár 1999 Nitra, SVK – – R Slovakia
Filip Krivosik 1999 Bratislava, SVK 6’4″ 207 R Liiga
Andrej Kukuca 1999 Trencin, SVK 6’2″ 185 R WHL
Adam Liska 1999 Bratislava, SVK 5’10” 183 L KHL
Martin Pospisil 1999 Zvolen, SVK 6’2″ 183 L USHL
Pavol Regenda 1999 6’2″ 187 L SuperElit
Milos Roman 1999 Kysucke Nove Mesto, SVK 6’0″ 192 L WHL
Adam Ruzicka 1999 Bratislava, SVK 6’4″ 203 L OHL
SWITZERLAND
Goaltenders
Luca Hollenstein 2000 Mosnang, SUI 5’10” 170 L NLB
Akira Schmid 2000 Bern, SUI 6’5″ 205 L USHL
Gianluca Zaetta 1999 5’9″ 159 L NLB
Defensemen
David Aebischer 2000 Heitenried, SUI 5’11” 183 R QMJHL
Davyd Barandun 2000 Sumy, UKR 5’11” 190 L NLA
Tim Berni 2000 Männedorf, SUI 5’11” 174 L NLA
Gianluca Burger 1999 Zürich, SUI 5’10” 170 R NLB
Tobias Geisser 1999 Stans, SUI 6’4″ 201 L AHL
Nico Gross 2000 Pontresina, SUI 6’1″ 190 L OHL
Simon Le Coultre 1999 Le Sentier, SUI 6’0″ 174 L QMJHL
Janis Jérôme Moser 2000 6’0″ 157 L NLA
Forwards
Yannick Brüschweiler 1999 5’10” 165 L NLB
Nando Eggenberger 1999 Chur, SUI 6’2″ 203 L OHL
Jeremi Gerber 2000 Langnau im Emmental, SUI 6’1″ 185 L Elite Jr. A
Philipp Kurashev 1999 Münsingen, SUI 6’0″ 192 L QMJHL
Marco Lehmann 1999 Lauperswil, SUI 5’7″ 139 L NLB
Sven Leuenberger 1999 Hüttikon, SUI 5’10” 196 R NLA
Nicolas Müller 1999 Arisdorf, SUI 6’0″ 170 R SuperElit
Valentin Nussbaumer 2000 6’0″ 168 L QMJHL
Sandro Schmid 2000 5’10” 157 L SuperElit
Justin Sigrist 1999 Hombrechtikon, SUI 5’11” 165 L NLB
Ramon Tanner 1999 Appenzell, SUI 5’7″ 179 L NLB
Matthew Verboon 2000 Puplinge, SUI 6’1″ 183 L BCHL
Luca Wyss 1999 Langnau im Emmental, SUI 6’0″ 168 L NLB
UNITED STATES
Goaltenders
Kyle Keyser 1999 Coral Springs, FL, USA 6’2″ 183 L OHL
Spencer Knight 2001 Darien, CT, USA 6’3″ 198 L USDP
Cayden Primeau 1999 Voorhees, NJ, USA 6’3″ 181 L NCAA
Defensemen
Michael Anderson 1999 Roseville, MN, USA 6’0″ 196 L NCAA
Quinn Hughes 1999 Orlando, FL, USA 5’10” 174 L NCAA
Philip Kemp 1999 Greenwich, CT, USA 6’3″ 203 R NCAA
K’Andre Miller 2000 St. Paul, MN, USA 6’4″ 198 L NCAA
Dylan Samberg 1999 Hermantown, MN, USA 6’3″ 190 L NCAA
Mattias Samuelsson 2000 Philadelphia, PA, USA 6’4″ 218 L NCAA
Jack St. Ivany 1999 Manhattan Beach, CA, USA 6’3″ 198 R NCAA
Forwards
Evan Barratt 1999 Bristol, PA, USA 6’0″ 187 L NCAA
Noah Cates ( 1999 Stillwater, MN, USA 6’1″ 165 L NCAA
Alexander Chmelevski 1999 Huntington Beach, CA, USA 6’0″ 187 R OHL
Logan Cockerill 1999 Brighton, MI, USA 5’9″ 165 L NCAA
Jack Drury 2000 Winnetka, IL, USA 5’11” 174 L NCAA
Joel Farabee 2000 Cicero, NY, USA 6’0″ 161 L NCAA
Jack Hughes 2001 Orlando, FL, USA 5’10” 168 L USDP
Tyler Madden 1999 Albany, NY, USA 5’11” 150 R NCAA
Josh Norris 1999 Oxford, MI, USA 6’1″ 190 L NCAA
Jay O’Brien 1999 Hingham, MA, USA 5’11” 176 R NCAA
Ryan Poehling 1999 Lakeville, MN, USA 6’2″ 183 L NCAA
Jason Robertson 1999 Arcadia, CA, USA 6’2″ 201 L OHL
Oliver Wahlstrom 2000 Yarmouth, ME, USA 6’1″ 207 R NCAA
SWEDEN
Goaltenders
Olle Eriksson Ek 1999 Karlstad, SWE 6’2″ 185 L Allsvenskan
Samuel Ersson 1999 Falun, SWE 6’2″ 176 L Allsvenskan
Adam Åhman 1999 Västervik, SWE 6’0″ 163 L Allsvenskan
Defensemen
Adam Boqvist 2000 Falun, SWE 6’0″ 181 R OHL
Philip Broberg 2001 Örebro, SWE 6’3″ 198 L Allsvenskan
Erik Brännström 1999 Eksjö, SWE 5’10” 181 L AHL
Adam Ginning 2000 Linköping, SWE 6’4″ 205 L SHL
Nils Lundkvist 2000 Piteå, SWE 5’11” 174 R SHL
Rasmus Sandin 2000 Uppsala, SWE 5’11” 185 L AHL
Filip Westerlund 1999 Härnösand, SWE 5’11” 181 R SHL
Forwards
Emil Bemström 1999 Nyköping, SWE 5’10” 176 R SHL
Oskar Bäck 2000 Karlstad, SWE 6’2″ 192 L Allsvenskan
Lucas Elvenes 1999 Ängelholm, SWE 6’1″ 172 L SHL
Samuel Fagemo 2000 Göteborg, SWE 5’11” 190 R SHL
David Gustafsson 2000 Tingsryd, SWE 6’2″ 196 L SHL
Pontus Holmberg 1999 Västerås, SWE 5’10” 174 L SHL
Rickard Hugg 1999 Hudiksvall, SWE 5’10” 190 L OHL
Filip Hållander 2000 Sundsvall, SWE 6’1″ 190 L SHL
Isac Lundeström 1999 Gällivare, SWE 6’0″ 185 L AHL
Jacob Olofsson 2000 Piteå, SWE 6’2″ 192 L SHL
Filip Sveningsson 1999 Gislaved, SWE 6’0″ 181 L Allsvenskan
Johan Södergran 1999 Stockholm, SWE 6’3″ 205 L SHL
Fabian Zetterlund 1999 Karlstad, SWE 5’11” 196 R SHL

 

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Coaching Staffs

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, today announced the coaching staffs for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team and is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship which returns to Canadian soil this December in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

Canada Russia

Canada’s National Junior Team staff will be at the forefront of the CIBC Canada Russia Series with head coach Tim Hunter leading Team WHL when the puck drops in Kamloops on November 5 and in Vancouver on November 6.  Team Canada assistant coaches Brent Kisio, Jim Hulton, and Marc-André Dumont will also figure prominently in the November series with Kisio serving in an assistant role for Team WHL, with Hulton to lead Team QMJHL as head coach and Dumont appointed Team QMJHL assistant.

Hunter won back-to-back medals as an assistant coach with Team Canada including gold in 2018 and silver in 2017.  The fifth year head coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors also won a bronze medal as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship.  He returns to the Team WHL bench for the third straight season where he has compiled a 2-1-1 record.

Kisio’s Hockey Canada resume includes a gold medal as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.  The fourth year head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes was also a head coach of Team Canada White at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and earned silver with Team Pacific at the 2014 U17 event.

Hulton returns to the Under-20 sector of the Program of Excellence for the first time in over a decade having previously won World Junior silver in 2004 and gold in 2005 in assistant coaching roles.  Now in his fourth season behind the Charlottetown Islanders bench, Hulton makes a second straight appearance at this event after assisting Dom Ducharme to a pair of Team QMJHL victories last season in Charlottetown and Moncton.

Dumont has served as head coach and general manager of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles since 2012-13.  With Hockey Canada, he previously served as head coach of Team Quebec at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Leading Team OHL in Game 3 of the series on November 8 in Sarnia will be fourth year Sting head coach Derian Hatcher alongside his assistants David Legwand and Brad Staubitz.  For Game 4 in Oshawa on November 12 it will be Generals first year head coach Greg Walters with assistants Nathan McIver and Greg Nemisz.

Third year Kelowna Rockets head coach Jason Smith also joins the Team WHL coaching staff as an assistant for both games in British Columbia.  In the QMJHL, third year Sherbrooke Phoenix head coach Stéphane Julien will serve as an assistant when his club hosts Game 5 of the series on November 13, with first year Drummondville Voltigeurs head coach Steve Hartley serving as an assistant when his club hosts Game 6 to close out the series on November 15.

Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 61-22-1-6.  The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with five of the last eight series decided in the final game including last season where for the first time in event history a QMJHL shootout victory determined the overall series outcome in favour of the CHL after both countries played to a 9-9 tie in points through six games.

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Staff and Schedule:

Team WHL:

Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Kamloops, BC
Head Coach: Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Assistant Coach: Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Assistant Coach: Jason Smith (Kelowna Rockets)
Athletic Trainer: Mike Burnstein (Vancouver Giants)
Equipment Manager: Colin ‘Toledo’ Robinson (Kamloops Blazers)

Game 2 – Tuesday November 6 at Vancouver, BC
Head Coach: Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Assistant Coach: Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Assistant Coach: Jason Smith (Kelowna Rockets)
Athletic Trainer: Mike Burnstein (Vancouver Giants)
Athletic Therapist: Khore Elliott (Victoria Royals)
Equipment Manager: Shingo Sasaki (Vancouver Giants)

Team OHL:

Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Sarnia, ON
Head Coach: Derian Hatcher (Sarnia Sting)
Assistant Coach: David Legwand (Sarnia Sting)
Assistant Coach: Brad Staubitz (Sarnia Sting)
Athletic Therapist: Amy Mausser (Sarnia Sting)
Equipment Manager: Spencer Stehouwer (Sarnia Sting)

Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON
Head Coach: Greg Walters (Oshawa Generals)

Assistant Coach: Nathan McIver (Oshawa Generals)

Assistant Coach: Greg Nemisz (Oshawa Generals)

Head Athletic & Equipment Manager: Bryan Boyes (Oshawa Generals)

Athletic Therapist: Matt Leech (Oshawa Generals)

Team QMJHL:
Game 5 – Tuesday November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC
Head Coach: Jim Hulton (Charlottetown Islanders)
Assistant Coach: Marc-André Dumont (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Assistant Coach: Stéphane Julien (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Athletic Therapist: Nicholas Borrelli (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Equipment Manager: Jean Huynh (Sherbrooke Phoenix)

Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Drummondville, QC
Head Coach: Jim Hulton (Charlottetown Islanders)
Assistant Coach: Marc-André Dumont (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Assistant Coach: Steve Hartley (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Athletic Therapist: Andrew Oddy (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Equipment Manager: Robert Pouliot (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Sherwin-Williams, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

Host Cities Announced for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Canada Russia

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with title partner CIBC, the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, today announced the six Canadian host cities for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series to be played November 5-15.

The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team and is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.  The 2018 event will open with two games in the WHL, followed by two OHL matchups, and ending with a pair of contests hosted by the QMJHL.

Next season’s event begins in British Columbia with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers and Vancouver Giants hosting Game’s 1 and 2 respectively on Monday November 5 and Tuesday November 6.  When the series shifts to Ontario it will be the OHL’s Sarnia Sting hosting Game 3 on Thursday November 8 followed by the Oshawa Generals hosting Game 4 on Monday November 12.  The series wraps up in Quebec with the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix hosting Game 5 on Tuesday November 13 and the Drummondville Voltigeurs hosting Game 6 on Thursday November 15.

“Over the past 15 years we’ve seen the Canada and Russia rivalry ignite passion in CHL communities across our great country,” said CHL President David Branch. “This is truly a special event that showcases many of our league’s best players and future Canadian National Junior Team stars who will compete to defend gold on home soil at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria.”

Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 61-22-1-6 and have won 12 of the 15 series including three straight.  The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with five of the last eight series decided in the final game including last season where a shootout was required to decide the overall winner for the first time in event history.  A total of 36 players from last season’s event competed in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo including 17 CHL players who won gold for Canada.

“The Canada-Russia rivalry is legendary and Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast will be cheering on our Canadian teams as they take in the action for this iconic showdown,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice President, Banking Centres, CIBC.  “We congratulate the six host cities of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series and we look forward to celebrating with our clients and employees in these communities, as we support the next generation of hockey talent through our partnership with the CHL.”

All six cities selected for games in 2018 have previously hosted this event including Kamloops, Sarnia, and Drummondville who will tie Sudbury’s CHL record with their fourth game.  Kamloops first hosted in 2006 with Team WHL skating to an 8-1 win, then in 2010 with Russia earning a 7-6 shootout win, and most recently in 2015 with Team WHL winning Game 2 of the series by a 4-2 score.  Sarnia hosted a 4-0 win for Team OHL in 2003, a 5-0 OHL win in 2006, and a 2-1 OHL victory in 2012.  Drummondville’s past three games include 2005 where Team QMJHL defeated Russia 7-4, 2009 where the QMJHL won 3-1, and most recently in 2010 won 4-3 by Russia.  Oshawa has hosted twice before including 2006 where Team OHL won by a 4-3 score, and in 2013 with Team Russia skating to a 5-2 win.  The other two clubs have hosted once with Vancouver’s game resulting in a 1-0 shootout win for Team WHL in 2012, and Sherbrooke’s event featuring a 4-3 win for Team QMJHL in 2013.

The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tires and Sherwin-Williams.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Kamloops, BC

Game 2 – Tuesday November 6 at Vancouver, BC

Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Sarnia, ON

Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON

Game 5 – Tuesday November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC

Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Drummondville, QC

For event information please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

World Juniors Recap: Day 7

Scores

Czech 4 Finland 3

Canada 8 Switzerland 2

Sweden 3 Slovakia 2

USA 4 Russia 2

Belarus 4 Denmark 5 (best of 3 relegation round, Denmark leads 1-0)

Upcoming games (Medal rounds begin)

January 4, 2018

Belarus vs Denmark (relegation round)

Sweden vs USA

Canada vs Czech

January 5, 2018

Belarus vs Denmark (if necessary)

Winner of Sweden/USA vs Winner of Canada/Czech for gold medal

Losers meet for the silver medal

Necas scores SO winner

It was another uninspired start for Finland, and today it cost the team dearly. They rallied and took the lead, but the Czechs scored late to tie the game.

Kristian Reichel and Martin Necas then scored in the shootout for the Czechs while only Kristian Vesalainen scored for Finland.

Shots favoured Finland, 54-30, but that stat didn’t matter after the game. Josef Korenar was great in goal for the Czechs.

“It feels awesome,” Reichel, the son of Czech legend Robert, said. “We worked so hard for this. We deserved it. They were better but we were luckier in the shootout. Now we’re celebrating.”

Reichel channelled family history into his shootout goal. “When we were at the bench before the shootout, the coach asked us who wants to shoot first and who doesn’t,” Reichel explained. “I said I want to go first. I want to score a goal for everyone in Czech Republic. After I scored, I remembered it was 20 years ago that my dad scored on the first shot against Canada in the semi-finals at the Olympics.”

“We did it! It’s unbelievable,” enthused Filip Zadina, who scored twice for the Czechs. “We played great. I’m so happy. We owe a big thanks to our goalie. He played so well.”

“We had plenty of chances to put the puck in the net, but the Czechs kept going and their goalie was amazing,” said Finland coach Jussi Ahokas. “He played a great game, and we didn’t score. That was the difference.”

The win ends a long semi-finals drought for the Czech Republic. The team hadn’t made it as far as the semis since 2005 when it won bronze. Finland, meanwhile, won gold in 2014 and 2016 and is going home early. The Czechs will now play the winner of Canada-Finland in one semi-finals on Thursday.

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Canada rolls along, 8-2

It took Canada 48 seconds to confirm Swiss coach Christian Wohlwend’s prediction of what would happen in today’s quarter-finals.

That is, Maxime Comtois fired a hard pass to Brett Howden on a two-on-two, and Howden buried the shot to give Canada a 1-0 lead.

It would be unfair to say that the game was over at that point, but the goal confirmed what Wohlwend had predicted – that Canada was bigger, faster, stronger. Better. Plain and simple.

“That was a bit of reverse psychology,” captain Dillon Dube suggested. “But that got us focused to playing our own game. It helped a bit. We came out strong. That first one helped settle us down, and then the floodgates opened.”

The dominating 8-2 win gives Canada a place in the semi-finals on Thursday and a date with the Czech Republic. The winner of that game plays for gold.

“They’re a good team, and they’re fast,” defenceman Cale Makar said of the Czechs. “We’ll turn our focus to them now. We’re excited to play them. We haven’t played our best yet. I know we can step our game up.”

“We played the Czechs before the tournament, so we know a little bit about them,” said Brett Howden, who had a goal and three assists tonight. “They’ve changed a few things, I think, but we’ll address that tomorrow on our day off and get ready for them.”

The Swiss go home now after an 8th-place finish.

“I think we had a good team here,” offered Swiss captain Nando Eggenberger. “We won the deciding game in the preliminary round and wanted to get further, but we have to realize that they were simply stronger. Now we have to start preparing for next year. Every player must become stronger, more disciplined and smarter.”

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Swedes hold off Slovaks

Isac Lundestrom scored twice as unbeaten Sweden edged a gutsy Slovak side 3-2 at HarborCenter on Tuesday to advance to the 2018 World Junior semi-finals.

The Swedes will take on the winner of the USA-Russia quarter-final on Thursday. The result guarantees they will play for a medal for the 12th straight year. “I think we still need another level or two coming up in the next games,” said Alexander Nylander. “We’ve just got to step it up and play playoff hockey.”

Fabian Zetterlund also scored for Sweden, and Tim Soderlund had two assists. Captain Martin Bodak scored both goals for Slovakia. Sweden last medaled on home ice in Malmo in 2014 (silver) when Tomas Monten was an assistant coach. Now the 40-year-old is hoping to win gold in his second stint as head coach. The Swedes have only won gold twice before (1981, 2012).

In a showdown between two of the tournament’s top-performing goalies, Filip Gustavsson prevailed over Slovakia’s Roman Durny. Sweden outshot Slovakia 39-22. Of Durny, Bodak said: “He was all the time outstanding in this tournament. He’s a really good guy in the locker room and on the ice.”

It was Sweden’s fourth quarter-final victory over Slovakia in the last five years, but it was a much tighter result than usual. The Juniorkronorna won 6-0 in 2014, 6-0 in 2016, and 8-3 in 2017.

The Slovaks’ last quarter-final victory was 3-0 over the Czech Republic in 2015, when they marched to an unexpected bronze medal in Montreal. Despite seeing their 2018 medal hopes go up in smoke, they can be proud of what they accomplished in Buffalo, including a 3-2 upset over the United States.

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USA back to semis

Dylan Samberg fired a shoot-in into the corner at just the right angle, and as the puck caromed back into the slot Bellows tore in and one-timed a blistering shot over Vladislav Sukhachyov’s shoulder at 12:31.

This kind of goal was made famous by Gordie Howe-Ted Lindsay-Sid Abel with the Detroit Red Wings when goalies rarely roamed from their crease.

“I think it was just simple hockey,” Bellows offered. “He put the puck deep and I knew the boards are lively back there, so I thought I could just forecheck and put the puck on net. Lucky enough it went in.”

Bellows scored twice for the winners and now leads the tournament with six goals. Teammate Casey Mittelstadt had an assist and continues to lead the points race with 10.

With the win the United States will now play Sweden in the semi-finals on Thursday afternoon. Canada and the Czechs face off in the other semi.

“Obviously our goal is a gold medal, and going through Sweden right now is our focus,” said Adam Fox. “They’re a skilled team. They have a lot of great players. We’ll do our pre-scout and be ready for them.”

Russia, meanwhile, had the longest active medal streak in U20 play, reaching the podium each of the last seven years. Tonight’s result, then, can only be seen as a disappointment.

The game was chippy and emotional, and the Americans were at a disadvantage in that they dressed only 18 skaters (the Russians had the standard 20).

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World Juniors Recap: Day 5

Scores

Czech 6 Belarus 5

Sweden 7 Switzerland 2

Finland 5 Slovakia 2

Denmark 0 Canada 8

Upcoming games

December 31, 2017

Switzerland vs Czech

Slovakia vs Denmark

USA vs Finland

Russia vs Sweden

January 2, 2018

Medal round begins

STANDINGS

Group A

TEAM GP W OTW OTL L PTS +/-
Canada 4 3 0 1 0 10 15
Finland 3 2 0 0 1 6 4
USA 3 1 1 0 1 5 9
Slovakia 3 1 0 0 2 3 -8
Denmark 3 0 0 0 3 0 -20

 

Group B

TEAM GP W OTW OTL L PTS +/-
Sweden 3 3 0 0 0 9 12
Czech 3 2 0 0 1 6 0
Russia 3 2 0 0 1 6 5
Switzerland 3 1 0 0 2 3 -7
Belarus 4 0 0 0 4 0 -10

 

Czechs outgun Belarus

Captain Marek Zachar, who had the eventual winner with 6:37 left, and Filip Chytil each added a goal and an assist. Libor Hajek and Filip Zadina had the other Czech goals, and Vojtech Budik had two assists.

“We really underestimated the game,” said Hajek. “Everyone wants to score, everyone wants to play just for himself. That’s why we almost lost. We had good luck today. But it was kind of a terrible game.”

The Czechs trailed 2-0 early in the second period. After pulling goalie Josef Korenar in favor of Jakub Skarek, they stormed back with five unanswered goals, but then almost blew their hefty lead.

Yegor Sharangovich scored twice, Ivan Drozdov had a goal and an assist, and Igor Martynov and Vladislav Gabrus added singles for Belarus, which also swapped out goalies. Captain Maxim Sushko, Vladislav Yeryomenko, and Viktor Bovbel recorded two assists apiece.

Shots favored the Czechs 39-21.

“Sometimes we need to play an easier game,” said Zadina. “We’re trying to find hard passes. It was a tough game. I’m happy we won today.”

The Czechs have one more chance to shore up their quarter-final seeding when they face Switzerland on New Year’s Eve. Both nations are enduring long World Junior medal droughts. The Czechs last won bronze in 2005 and Switzerland in 1998.

It was a gutsy effort by the underdog Belarusians, but they came away with nothing to show for it. Winless in all four group games, they will play in the relegation round. The Belarusians have been outscored 20-10 so far.

“It was our best game so far, but we had a bad second period,” said Drozdov. “We played well for 30 minutes and we have to build on this.”

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Sweden beats Swiss, 7-2 

The win gives Sweden a 3-0 record and first place in Group B. With the loss, the Swiss are 1-2 and stuck in fourth place, but that’s as low as they can go. Belarus, winless in all four games, will be the Group B representative in the relegation round, and the Swiss will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Perhaps the nicest goal was the last of the game. Elias Pettersson danced around defenceman Simon le Coultre, cut in on goal, and swept the puck in the far side to make it a 7-2 game.

Pettersson and Lias Andersson both had two goals and an assist for the winners, who outshot the Swiss, 42-22.

“Switzerland started pretty fast today, but we got better as the game went on,” said Alexander Nylander, who played on a line with Pettersson and Linus Lindstrom. “Our third period was really strong. We showed how we can play when we’re playing well. They were forechecking hard in the first two periods, and we had to just simplify our game, which we did.”

“We played very well,” echoed defenceman Rasmus Dahlin. “We were strong out there, but we also played well against the Czechs. Those were different games, but we are playing well right now.”

The Swedes got one power-play goal and another short-handed. They opened the scoring in the first with the extra man. Nylander made a perfect slap-pass to Andersson cutting in front, and Andersson made a nice deflection past Mattheo Ritz.

Switzerland tied the game on a brilliant little play from Nicolas Muller. He noticed that Swedish defenceman Linus Hogberg cut dangerously close to his goalie heading up ice and slapped Hogberg’s stick. In the process, the puck went into the net past an unsuspecting Filip Larsson.

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Finns overcome Slovaks 

Markus Nurmi added a goal and an assist, and Joona Koppanen, Aapeli Rasanen and Henri Ikonen also scored for Finland. Martin Bodak and Samuel Bucek replied for Slovakia.

“Even though we are kind of the bigger country in hockey, Slovakia is a good team too,” said Finland’s Olli Juolevi. “They were a tough opponent for us today. I’m happy we got the win.”

Finland and the U.S. will face off in a likely showdown for second place in the group on New Year’s Eve. Finland has won two straight since dropping its Boxing Day opener to Canada.

“After the Canada game, we’ve improved our play and have the two wins,” said Finnish goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. “Of course, we could have been better against Canada, but we can’t do anything about that now. We have to get ready now for tomorrow and play well against the U.S.”

Could the Slovaks maintain the extraordinary focus and emotional level they reached in their 3-2 win over the defending champion Americans? Heading into this game, that was the question on everyone’s mind. Slovak goalie Roman Durny got his second straight start after his upset debut, and he was busy as Finland outshot Slovakia 39-26.

“We have already put the U.S. game behind us,” said Slovakia’s Filip Krivosik. “Today was a new day. We wanted to take at least one point from today’s game to make sure we got into the playoffs, but we didn’t do that.”

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Canada finishes first 

Canada now has two days off before the quarter-finals on January 2. It will not play Sweden, but could still potentially play any of Russia, Czech Republic, or Switzerland.

“We knew if we won tonight we’d finish in first place,” said Sam Steel, “so we wanted to play the right way and be prepared for the quarter-finals. Yesterday was a crazy day, and we were all a little exhausted last night, physically and mentally, but we re-focused and came to the rink ready to play today.”

“We wanted to come out and play hard, play the Canadian way, so it’s good to get back in the win column,” said defenceman Kale Clague. “But I think we still have more. Our goal is to build our game throughout the tournament, and I think going forward we’re going to get better.”

The loss leaves Denmark winless ot 0-3 and puts the team in a must-win situation tomorrow in its final round-robin game against Slovakia. If the Danes don’t win in regulation, they are off to the relegation round. If they do win in 60 minutes, the Slovakians will be off to the best-of-three survival series.

Over and above this fact is that Denmark has scored just once in three games while surrendering 21.

Carter Hart got the shutout for Canada by stopping 18 shots while Canada peppered Emil Gransoe with 44.

Brett Howden had two goals while Cal Foote had three assists in the game.

“it was a good overall effort by everyone,” enthused Hart. “Our goal was to come out flying, and we played that way the whole game. Now we have to get ready and prepare for the quarter-finals.”

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