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Leschyshyn and Sissons added to Team WHL for Game 2

Swift Current, Sask. – The Western Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today that forward Jake Leschyshyn (Regina Pats) and defenceman Colby Sissons (Swift Current Broncos) have been added to Team WHL’s roster for Game 2 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, scheduled for Tuesday, November 7 in Swift Current.

The 18-year-old Leschyshyn will replace Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors), while the 19-year-old Sissons will replace Josh Mahura (Regina Pats) both injured in Team WHL’s 7-0 victory over Russia in Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Monday night in Moose Jaw.

Leschyshyn, who was a second-round selection (62nd) of the Vegas Golden Knights at the 2017 NHL Draft, has registered nine points (4G-5A) in 14 games this season with the Pats.  A product of Saskatoon, Sask., the 5-foot-11, 188-pound Leschyshyn was originally the sixth overall selection of the Red Deer Rebels at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. In 139 career WHL regular season games, all with the Pats, Leschyshyn has 68 points (31G-37A) to his credit.  Leschyshyn, the son of former NHL defenceman Curtis Leschyshyn, previously represented Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, logging two points (1G-1A) in five games as a member of Team Canada Black.

Sissons, who signed with the New Jersey Devils in October 2016, has registered 18 points (4G-14A) in 15 games this season with the Broncos.  A product of Edmonton, Alta., the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Sissons was originally listed by the Broncos and made his WHL debut December 12, 2014 against the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 151 career WHL regular season games, all with the Broncos, Sissons has 68 points (13G-55A) to his credit.  This game will serve as Sissons’ first game of international experience, also ensuring that three Broncos will appear at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. WHL leading scorer Tyler Steenbergen will be a leading member of the team’s forward core like he was in Game 1 while fellow defenceman Artyom Minulin will be opposite both on Team Russia.

Tuesday night’s matchup can be seen live on Sportsnet Ontario, East and Sportsnet ONE when the puck drops at 8:00pm ET/7:00 pm CT.

2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 6 at Moose Jaw, SK: WHL 7, Russia 0 – Game Summary | Highlights
Game 2 – Tuesday November 7 at Swift Current, SK (Sportsnet East, Ontario, ONE, TVA Sports 2)
Game 3 – Thursday November 9 at Owen Sound, ON (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, 360, TVA Sports 2)
Game 4 – Monday November 13 at Sudbury, ON (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)
Game 5 – Tuesday November 14 at Charlottetown, PE (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)
Game 6 – Thursday November 16 at Moncton, NB (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)

All games of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series will be available online through NeuLion’s CHL streaming platform at http://chl.neulion.com/chl/.

All games of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series will also be broadcast on the NHL Network U.S the following day at 10:00 am Eastern.

The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Cooper Tires and Sherwin-Williams.

Join the conversation on social media @CHLHockey using #CANvsRUS.

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

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