Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Canada-Russia Super Series Coming To Saskatchewan in 2017-18
The Canadian Hockey League in association with title partner CIBC, the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, today announced the six Canadian host cities for the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series to be played November 6-16.
The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team and is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The 2017 event will open with two games in the WHL, followed by two OHL matchups, and ending with a pair of contests hosted by the QMJHL.
Next season’s WHL hosts include Saskatchewan’s Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos for Game’s 1 and 2 respectively on Monday November 6 and Tuesday November 7. When the series shifts to Ontario, the Owen Sound Attack will host Game 3 on Thursday November 9 followed by Game 4 in Sudbury, home of the Wolves, on Monday November 13. The series wraps up out East with Game 5 hosted by the QMJHL’s Charlottetown Islanders on Tuesday November 14, with the Game 6 series finale set for Thursday November 16 hosted by the Moncton Wildcats.
“For the 15th straight season CHL communities across our country will have the opportunity to experience the passion that only a Canada and Russia rivalry can produce,” said CHL President David Branch. “Our appreciation is extended to title partner CIBC for supporting this event that will showcase many of our league’s best players and future Canadian National Junior Team stars.”
Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 58-19-1-6. The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with four of the last seven series decided in the final game, and with Russia earning three series wins since 2010 compared to the CHL’s four series triumphs over the same period including last season by a 13-5 margin in points.