2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Recap


The 17th edition of the CIBC Canada Russia Series was one for the ages with a record five games decided by one goal margins including four that required extra time and the overall outcome determined by a series ending shootout.

In the end it was the Canadian Hockey League who emerged victorious for the 13th time in history with a 10-9 series triumph in points following wins in Game 2, 3, and 5.  Russia wins in Game 1, 4, and 6 forced the tie-breaking shootout where it was the heroics of Kelowna Rockets captain Nolan Foote that made the difference.

The CHL’s series victory is their first since 2017 which coincidentally marks the only other time a series deciding shootout was needed to determine a winner.

In the 12 previous years where the CHL has captured the CIBC Canada Russia Series title, Canada’s National Junior Team has gone on to win 10 medals at the World Junior Championship including five consecutive golds from 2005-09, gold in 2018, plus silver medals in 2004, 2010, 2017, and bronze in 2012.  In the 12 years where Team Russia has lost the series their results at the World Juniors includes nine medals with silver in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2016, and bronze in 2008, 2009, 2014, 2017.

A pair of QMJHL stars on Team Russia shared the lead in overall event scoring with five points in two games including Calgary Flames prospect Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Oceanic) who scored three goals and two assists and Minnesota Wild prospect Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats) with two goals and three assists.  Both players produced four-point performances in Game 1 tying Ivan Telegin (2011) for the best single game in Russia’s event history.  Click here for event records.

Two more QMJHL talents finished with four points in their two games played including Edmonton Oilers prospect Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads) with three goals and one assist, and Calgary Flames prospect Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats) who collected four assists.  Foote was Team WHL’s top performer with three points counting two goals and one assist, while four OHL players achieved multi-point results for a share of the team lead including Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael (London Knights) with two goals, Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs) with a goal and an assist, and two assists each for top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves) and San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Merkley (London Knights).  Click here for full player stats.

In goal, Russia’s Amir Miftakhov led the way with four appearances carrying a 2-0-2-0 record while posting a 2.54 goals-against-average and .912 save percentage.  Nico Daws (Guelph Storm) was perfect between-the-pipes starting the first half of a Game 3 victory for Team OHL where he made 13 saves, while Nolan Maier (Saskatoon Blades) got the win for Team WHL in Game 5 with 25 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .962.  Edmonton Oilers prospect Olivier Rodrigue (Moncton Wildcats) earned a win for Team QMJHL in Game 2 with 25 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.90 and save percentage of .893.  Click here for full goaltender stats.

A total of 57 players drafted by NHL clubs competed in the series with the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, and Vegas Golden Knights represented by four prospects.  An additional 14 players pegged for the 2020 NHL Draft suited up throughout the series including nine ‘A’ rated prospects in NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ list for November.  Click here to see all NHL prospects.

The CIBC Canada Russia Series has now eclipsed the century mark in total games played with the 100th coming November 11 in London, coincidentally the same place where the very first game was played in 2003.  The CHL now has an overall record of 66-26-2-8 while Russia comes away at 36-61-2-3.  The QMJHL holds an all-time record of 18-12-1-3, the OHL has played to a 26-6-0-2 mark, and the WHL is now 22-8-1-3.  Click here for full event history and results.

This year’s edition of the CIBC Canada Russia Series had near record attendance with a total of 37,168 fans enjoying all six games.  That figure is just 759 shy of the record 37,927 fans who attended the very first series in 2003.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series (CHL wins series 10-9 in points):

Game 1 – Monday Nov 4 at Saint John, NB – Russia wins 4-3
QMJHL Player of the Game – Dawson Mercer (1G 1A)
Russia Player of the Game – Alexander Khovanov (2G 2A)
Stats and Highlights

Game 2 – Tuesday Nov 5 at Moncton, NB – QMJHL wins 4-3 OT
QMJHL Player of the Game – Raphael Lavoie (2G 1A)
Russia Player of the Game – Dmitry Zavgorodniy (1G)
Stats and Highlights

Game 3 – Thursday Nov 7 at Kitchener, ON – OHL wins 4-1
OHL Player of the Game – Quinton Byfield (2A)
Russia Player of the Game – Vasili Podkolzin
Stats and Highlights

Game 4 – Monday Nov 11 at London, ON – Russia wins 3-2 SO
OHL Player of the Game – Serron Noel (1G)
Russia Player of the Game – Vasili Podkolzin (1A)
Stats and Highlights

Game 5 – Wednesday Nov 13 at Saskatoon, SK – WHL wins 2-1 OT
WHL Player of the Game – Calen Addison (1G)
Russia Player of the Game – Amir Miftakhov (24 saves)
Stats and Highlights

Game 6 – Thursday Nov 14 at Prince Albert, SK – Russia wins 4-3 SO
WHL Player of the Game – Nolan Foote (2G)
Russia Player of the Game – Ivan Morozov (1A)
Stats and Highlights

Series Deciding Shootout – WHL wins 3-2
WHL Goals by Nolan Foote (2) and Calen Addison
Russia Goals by Ivan Morozov and Vasili Podkolzin
Stats and Highlights

Click here for CIBC Canada Russia Series Photo Galleries

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The series is used as an evaluation for Canada’s National Junior Team that will compete in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship to be played in the Czech Republic.

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is proudly supported by title partner CIBC, and associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.

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