Courtesy: Western Hockey League
Swift Current, Sask. – The Western Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today that defenceman Colby Sissons (Swift Current Broncos) has been added to Team WHL’s roster for Game 2 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, scheduled for Tuesday, November 7 in Swift Current.
The 19-year-old will replace Josh Mahura (Regina Pats) who was injured in Team WHL’s 7-0 victory over Russia in Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Monday night in Moose Jaw.
Sissons, who signed with the New Jersey Devils in October 2016, has registered 18 points (4G-14A) in 15 games this season with the Broncos.
A product of Edmonton, Alta., the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Sissons was originally listed by the Broncos and made his WHL debut December 12, 2014 against the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 151 career WHL regular season games, all with the Broncos, Sissons has 68 points (13G-55A) to his credit.
This game will serve as Sissons’ first game of international experience, also ensuring that three Broncos will appear at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. WHL leading scorer Tyler Steenbergen will be a leading member of the team’s forward core like he was in Game 1 while fellow defenceman Artyom Minulin will be opposite both on Team Russia.
Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 2 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Swift Current, Sask., on Tuesday, November 7, to complete the western leg of the annual event. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6.
Each of the three CHL member Leagues assembled a selection committee, working closely with Hockey Canada, to select the players for this year’s series. This year, Team WHL is coached by Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors), who will also serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Regina Pats general manager and head coach John Paddock and Swift Current Broncos director of player personnel and head coach Manny Viveiros serve as assistant coaches for Team WHL.
Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 59-19-1-6, including Monday’s Game 1 victory. 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.
The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Cooper Tires and Sherwin-Williams. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 6 at Moose Jaw, SK (Russia 0, WHL 7)
Game 2 – Tuesday November 7 at Swift Current, SK
Game 3 – Thursday November 9 at Owen Sound, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 13 at Sudbury, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 14 at Charlottetown, PE
Game 6 – Thursday November 16 at Moncton, NB