Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation today announced the roster for Team Russia that will compete in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series which takes place November 5-15.
A team of 23 Russian players including two goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 12 forwards will travel across Canada as part of the 16th annual series playing six games against CHL competition in preparation for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship taking place this season in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Russia’s roster is headlined by Western Hockey League defenceman Alexander Alexeyev of the Red Deer Rebels who was chosen in the first round, 31st overall, of the 2018 National Hockey League Draft by the Washington Capitals. On September 24, 2018, Alexeyev signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals.
He’ll play in both games against Team WHL beginning November 5 in Kamloops followed by Game Two on November 6 in Vancouver.
Alexeyev has played an integral role in the Rebels’ early success this season, which has them placed first in the Central Division and second in the Eastern Conference. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound product of St. Petersburg, Russia was originally selected by the Rebels in the first round, 49th overall, of the 2016 CHL Import Draft.
The left-shot defenceman is presently second in scoring among WHL defencemen this season with 20 points (7G-13A) in 15 games, including two power-play goals and two game-winning goals. Alexeyev is also second in scoring on the Rebels.
He was named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending October 28, 2018, recording eight points (3G-5A) in four games. In 101 WHL regular season games with the Rebels, Alexeyev has 78 points (18G-60A), including five power-play goals and three game-winning goals. Alexeyev has also appeared in three WHL playoff games, recording five points (2G-3A), including one power-play goal.
Alexeyev was also part of Team Russia at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, recording six penalty minutes in the two games.
Anderson-Dolan Unable to Compete for Team WHL
Due to an upper-body injury, Spokane Chiefs forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan will unfortunately be unable to compete on behalf of Team WHL at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series. His position on Team WHL’s roster will not be replaced.
Behind the bench for Team Russia is head coach Valery Bragin who is making his seventh series appearance and fifth straight. His time with the Russian National Junior Team has led to five World Junior medals including 2011 gold in Buffalo, silver in Calgary (2012), Toronto (2015), and Finland (2016), along with bronze in Montreal (2017).
Team Russia has captured three series victories including 2010, 2012, and 2014.
2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series – Team Russia:
Most recent club team listed in brackets
Pyotr Kochetkov (KH Ryazan) – VHL
Daniil Tarasov (Toros Neftekamsk) – VHL
Vaniamin Baranov (MHK Dynamo Moscow) – MHL
Danila Galenyuk (SKA-Varyagi im. Morozova) – MHL
Evgeny Kalabushkin (SKA-1946 St. Petersburg) – MHL
Alexander Lyakhov (Tolpar Ufa) – MHL
Saveliy Olshansky (Zauralie Kurgan) – VHL
Alexander Romanov (CSKA Moscow) – KHL
Mark Rubinchik (Toros Neftekamsk) – VHL
Artyom Volkov (MHK Spartak Moscow) – MHL
Daniil Zhuravlev (Bars Kazan) – VHL
Aryom Galimov (Bars Kazan) – VHL
Evgeny Kanitsky (Metallurg Novokuznetsk) – VHL
Maxim Marushev (Bars Kazan) – VHL
Ivan Muranov (Dynamo Moscow) – KHL
Artyom Nikolaev (SKA-Neva St. Petersburg) – VHL
Bulat Shafigullin (Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk) – KHL
Nikita Shashkov (Sibir Novosibirsk) – KHL
Pavel Shen (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) – KHL
Kirill Slepets (Lada Togliatti) – VHL
Stepan Starkov (HK Sochi) – KHL
Vladislav Tsitsyura (SKA-1946 St. Petersburg) – MHL
Alexander Yaremchuk (Avangard Omsk) – KHL
WHL players on Team Russia:
Alexander Alexeyev (Red Deer Rebels)
OHL Players on Team Russia:
Alexey Lipanov (Kitchener Rangers) – playing in Sarnia only
Kirill Maksimov (Niagara IceDogs)
Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit) – playing in Sarnia only
Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm)
Alexey Toropchenko (Guelph Storm) – playing in Sarnia only
QMJHL Players on Team Russia:
Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats)
Pavel Koltygin (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Oceanic)
Team Manager – Alexei Kochetkov
Head Coach – Valery Bragin
Assistant Coach – Yury Babenko
Assistant Coach – Alexander Boykov
Goalie Coach – Vladimir Kulikov
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Alexander Kofanov
Senior Manager – Oleg Shuliya
Video Coach – Vladislav Krutskikh
Video Coach – Alexander Kadykov
Physician – Valery Egorov
Massage Therapist – Artem Timofeev
Equipment Manager – Alexander Rezepov
Media Manager – Petr Tereshchenkov
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. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Kamloops, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday November 6 at Vancouver, BC
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Sarnia, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Drummondville, QC
For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.