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 62-22-1-6 in the event, winning the opening game for the ninth time in event history. The CHL has gone on to win the series in each of the past eight instances.
- The WHL holds an all-time record of 21-7-1-2 in the CIBC Canada Russia Series and has won back-to-back opening matchups against Russia for the first time since 2011 and 2012 (Game 5 of the series at that time).
- The CIBC Canada Russia Series returns to Vancouver for the first time since 2012 when goaltenders Laurent Brossoit (Edmonton Oil Kings) and Andrei Makarov both recorded shutouts, forcing a shootout where Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers), Mark McNeill (Prince Albert Raiders) and Sam Reinhart (Kootenay ICE) lifted Team WHL to a 1-0 win. An event record 11,124 fans attended the game at the Pacific Coliseum.
CANES CARRY THE OFFENCE: Lethbridge Hurricanes teammates Dylan Cozens and Jordy Bellerive provided both WHL goals in Kamloops on Monday. It marks the first time since the event was last in Vancouver (2012) that the WHL has won a game scoring two goals or less.
HAMALIUK IN, ALMEIDA OUT FOR TEAM WHL: Team WHL forward Justin Almeida (Moose Jaw Warriors) suffered an injury in last night’s 2-1 victory in Kamloops. He’ll be replaced by draft eligible winger Dillon Hamaliuk (Seattle Thunderbirds) who will wear #9. Hamaliuk leads the Thunderbirds in scoring with 18 points (8-10—18) over 13 games.
FIVE DRAFT ELIGIBLES IN WHL LINEUP: With the addition of Hamaliuk, five players eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft will be in the Team WHL lineup. Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants), Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades) and Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets) were all listed as ‘A’ rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s October Players to Watch List.
RARE RUSSIAN EDGE ON THE SHOT CLOCK: Despite Monday’s loss, Russia outshot Team WHL for just the third time in the 16-year history of the CIBC Canada Russia Series. They also managed to do so last year in Swift Current, SK in a 4-3 victory.