2018 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES
TEAM WHL vs. TEAM RUSSIA
- 2018 marks the 16th CIBC Canada Russia Series, an annual event that dates back to 2003 when current day NHL talent in Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf and Dion Phaneuf competed.
- The CHL holds an all-time record of 61-22-1-6 in the event, winning 12 of the 15 series. The CHL comes off three consecutive series victories for the first time since 2007, ’08 and ‘09.
- The WHL holds an all-time record of 20-7-1-2 in the CIBC Canada Russia Series, but is .500 over its last 14 encounters with Russia dating back to 2011.
- The CIBC Canada Russia Series returns to Kamloops for the first time since 2015 when Brandon Wheat Kings forward Jayce Hawryluk led the way with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 Team WHL victory. The CHL would go on to win the series 15-3 in points. Kamloops is hosting the event for a record-tying fourth time.
TEAM WHL MADE GOLDEN CONTRIBUTIONS LAST YEAR: A few members of last year’s Team WHL squad went on to play big roles in last year’s golden finish at the World Juniors. Canadian captain Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets) tied a WHL record for most points in the CIBC Canada Russia Series with five over two games while Sam Steel (Regina Pats) trailed close behind with four.
LEASON, FIX-WOLANSKY LEADING THE WAY: Prince Albert Raiders forward Brett Leason (17-22—39) and Edmonton Oil Kings winger Trey Fix-Wolansky (11-28—39) currently lead the WHL in scoring with 39 points apiece. Neither player was a part of Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase in Kamloops this past August, but both earned spots on Team WHL as a result of their outstanding play.
ANDERSON-DOLAN SIDELINED: Afer being added to Team WHL’s roster following his return from the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, Spokane Chiefs forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan suffered an injury on October 27th and missed this past weekend’s action. Team WHL will have 12 forwards for tonight’s contest.
RUSSIA LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM 5TH PLACE FINISH: Valery Bragin’s Russian squad looks to put forth a better showing at the 2019 World Juniors in Vancouver after placing fifth last year. Russia suffered a 4-2 quarterfinal loss to the United States in Buffalo. They have three players eligible to return from last year’s squad including Andrei Svechnikov, Klim Kostin and Dmitri Samorukov.
SIX RUSSIAN PLAYERS CHOSEN BY NHL CLUBS: In addition to Red Deer Rebels star and Washington Capitals first round pick Alexander Alexeyev, Russia features five other NHL prospects on the roster including Alexander Romanov (MTL, 2nd rd.), Bulat Shafigullin (LA, 3rd rd.), goaltender Daniil Tarasov (CBJ, 3rd rd.), blueliner Daniil Zhuravlev (COL, 5th rd.) and forward Pavel Shen (BOS, 7th rd.).