A pair of OHLers will be representing Team Russia for the 2019 Canada Russia series.
Egor Afanasyev (Windsor Spitfires) and Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s) will represent Russia in a pair of games against Team OHL in November.
A second round (45th overall) pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2019 NHL Draft, Afanasyev is in his first OHL season with the Windsor Spitfires after his rights were acquired from the Ottawa 67’s in December 2018. The 18-year-old from Moscow, Russia recently signed a three-year entry-level NHL contract with the Predators last week. Afanasyev was originally Ottawa’s sixth round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.
A second round (61st overall) pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2019 NHL Draft, Okhotyuk made his season debut last weekend after recovering from injury to begin 2019-20. The 18-year-old from Chelyabinsk, Russia is in his third OHL season after recording 17 points (2-15–17) over 56 games with the 67’s last season, helping guide the team to an Eastern Conference championship.
Seven CHLers will represent Russia over the course of the six game series. The OHL games are in Kitchener (Nov. 7) and London (Nov. 11).
In 16 years of competition, the Russian National Junior Team has played to a record of 33-60-0-3, winning last year’s series by an 11-7 mark in points.