Thunderbirds’ Hamaliuk added to Team WHL for Game 2


Langley, B.C. – The Western Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today that forward Dillon Hamaliuk has been added to Team WHL’s roster for Game 2 of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series, scheduled for Tuesday, November 6 in Langley.

The 18-year-old Hamaliuk will replace Justin Almeida (Moose Jaw Warriors) who was injured in Team WHL’s 2-1 win over Russia in Game 1 of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Monday night in Kamloops. Hamaliuk will wear sweater No. 9.

A product of Leduc, Alta., Hamaliuk is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft and was listed as a ‘C’ prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound left winger has registered 18 points (8G-10A) in 13 contests this season with the Thunderbirds. Originally a sixth-round pick (111th) of the Thunderbirds at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Hamaliuk has collected 58 points (24G-34A) in 102 career WHL regular season games.

With Hamaliuk’s addition to the roster, Team WHL will now be represented by five players eligible for the first time in the 2019 NHL Draft. He joins forwards Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets), Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades), and defenceman Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants), who are all first-time eligible.

Almeida, a fifth-round pick (129th) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2018 NHL Draft, was appearing at the CIBC Canada Russia Series for the first time in his career.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 2 of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series on Tuesday, November 6 at the Langley Events Centre in Vancouver.

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule and Results:
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Kamloops, BC – WHL (2) vs RUS (1) – Stats | Highlights
Game 2 – Tuesday November 6 at Vancouver, BC (Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, TVA Sports)
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Sarnia, ON (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports)
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, TVA Sports)
Game 5 – Tuesday November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet ONE, TVA Sports)
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Drummondville, QC (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports)

All games of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series will be available online through NeuLion’s CHL streaming platform at

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.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit

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