2017 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES
TEAM OHL vs. TEAM RUSSIA
- The CHL holds an all-time record of 59-20-1-6 in the event, winning 11 of the 14 series. The CHL comes off back-to-back series victories for the first time since 2008 and 2009.
- The OHL holds an all-time record of 23-4-1 in the CIBC Canada Russia Series after losing 4-3 in North Bay and winning 5-2 in Hamilton last year.
- The CIBC Canada Russia Series returns to Owen Sound for the first time since 2015 when goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts) made 25 saves in a 3-0 Team OHL shutout win. The CHL would go on to win the 2015 series 15-3 in points.
- Team OHL is 10-4 in their first encounter of a series against Russia all-time.
GADJOVICH AND SMITH OUT, TIPPETT AND McLEOD IN: Injuries to Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) and Givani Smith (Guelph Storm) have resulted in Mississauga Steelheads teammates Owen Tippett and Ryan McLeod being named to Team OHL. Tonight will be Tippett’s first action since returning from the NHL’s Florida Panthers where he recorded one goal in seven games. McLeod enters play on a 14-game point streak dating back to October 6th.
RADDYSH NAMED CAPTAIN: Returning Canadian World Junior silver medalist Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters) has been named captain of Team OHL while Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting), Logan Stanley (Kitchener Rangers) and Robert Thomas (London Knights) will serve as assistants. Raddysh led Team OHL to a 5-2 Game 4 win in Hamilton last year with two goals and an assist.
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: Four members of Team OHL return for their third year at the CIBC Canada Russia Series. Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters), Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting), Will Bitten (Hamilton Bulldogs) and tonight’s starting goaltender Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes) are all in the lineup tonight.
NHL CLUBS TAKE NOTICE: In addition to the 24 players drafted or signed by NHL clubs in tonight’s contest, a trio of top 2018 NHL Draft prospects will suit up for Team OHL. Mississauga Steelheads teammates in forward Ryan McLeod and goaltender Jacob Ingham join London Knights defenceman Evan Bouchard in the lineup.
RUSSIAN REINFORCEMENTS: Team Russia gets reinforcements after a stunning 4-3 comeback victory in Swift Current on Tuesday. Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov of the Sudbury Wolves, Tampa Bay Lightning draftee Alexey Lipanov of the Barrie Colts and Edmonton Oilers third round pick Dmitri Samorukov of the Guelph Storm slot into the Russian lineup.