Saturday, September 5, 2009

One Down, One To Go For CHL

CHL fans will get to see atleast one talented Russian in action this year as Stanislav Galiev will suit up in the Q. Below is the press release

Press Release from the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Saint John Sea Dogs Director of Hockey Operations Mike Kelly announced on Friday that the transfer of import forward Stanislav Galiev to the Canadian Hockey League has been approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Galiev will now be able to skate with the Sea Dogs competitively.

“We’re very pleased that the IIHF has made this decision and we’re excited to be able to officially add Stanislav to our roster,” said Kelly.

Saint John made Galiev the #1 overall selection at the 2009 CHL Import Draft this past June. The 17-year old offensive wizard tallied 29G-35A-64P in 60 games played with the Indiana Ice (USHL) last season, adding 13GP-5G-4A-9P during his team's successful run to a Clark Cup Championship. Galiev also helped Team Russia win a Silver Medal at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament, registering 1G-2A-3P in four games played at the prestigious international event.

Now fans will wait and see if Kirill Kabanov will get a similar ruling and be able to join the Moncton Wildcats. Kabanov was in Moncton recently as you can read here, but will he stay? You can read the reason why he might not here.

(Galiev photo courtesy:Jim Lee/Sioux City Journal, Kabanov photo

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