The London Knights received a double dose of good news on Friday when it was announced that captain Evan Bouchard and forward Alex Formenton would be returning to the Ontario Hockey League after beginning the season in the National Hockey League.
It was also announced on Friday that both players would compete for Team OHL in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series with Bouchard slated for Game 3 next Thursday November 8 in Sarnia, while Formenton will dress for Game 4 in Oshawa set for Monday November 12.
Bouchard, a 19-year-old from Oakville, Ont., returns from the Edmonton Oilers where he played seven games and scored one goal after being chosen tenth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. His tally last Thursday made history in victory against the defending champion Washington Capitals becoming the youngest defenceman in team history to score a goal.
The Knights captain not only led his team in scoring last season but finished first among all OHL rearguards producing 87 points in 67 games. Originally a first round pick by London in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, he has played in 178 career games amassing 148 points for the green and gold helping them win a Memorial Cup during his rookie season. Bouchard also returns to Team OHL after competing in both event games last season.
Formenton, a 19-year-old from King City, Ont., returns from the Ottawa Senators having played in nine games to start the 2018-19 campaign where he scored his first career goal on Tuesday. The second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft also dressed in one regular season game last season and is also a returning member of Canada’s National Junior Team winning gold last January in Buffalo.
In the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series he earned Player of the Game honours in Owen Sound despite Team OHL’s 5-2 loss. Originally an 11th round pick by the Knights in 2015, his two-year totals include 45 goals and 37 assists for 82 points in 113 games played.
Both players will compete alongside teammate Liam Foudy, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, who is scheduled to compete in both games.
The Knights are currently tied for third in the OHL’s Midwest Division with a 7-4-2-0 record. Their weekend schedule includes a Friday night game at home to the Flint Firebirds, a Saturday road game in Owen Sound against the Attack, and a Sunday afternoon game in Kitchener against the Rangers.
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.