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Taylor Raddysh named Team OHL Captain for Game 3 of CIBC Canada Russia Series

Owen Sound, ON – The Ontario Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh of the Erie Otters will serve as Team OHL captain for Game 3 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Thursday night in Owen Sound.

In addition, the OHL announced that Winnipeg Jets prospect Logan Stanley of the Kitchener Rangers will serve as an alternate captain along with St. Louis Blues prospects Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting and Robert Thomas of the London Knights.

All four members of Team OHL’s Game 3 leadership group competed at Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp.

Raddysh is a returning member of Canada’s National Junior Team that earned silver at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal where his performance included matching a Canadian single game record with four goals against Latvia.  The 19-year-old from Caledon is currently tied for sixth in OHL scoring with eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 17 games for the defending OHL champion Otters.  Raddysh was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft and will compete for Team OHL a third straight year and earned Player of the Game honours last year in Hamilton scoring two goals and one assist in a 5-2 victory.

Kyrou enters the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series atop the OHL’s scoring race with 37 points through 16 games powered by 15 goals and 22 assists.  The OHL’s Player of the Month for October will compete for Team OHL a third straight season previously recording a goal and two assists across three games in 2015 and 2016 events.  A second round pick of the Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old from Toronto also serves as captain of the first place Sting who set a club record with 14 straight victories earlier this season.

Stanley joined the Rangers this season after capturing a 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup title with the Windsor Spitfires and has four goals and eight assists for 12 points through 15 games.  The 19-year-old defenceman from Waterloo was a first round pick of the Jets in the 2016 NHL Draft and will play his second game with Team OHL in CIBC Canada Russia Series action after competing in Game 3 last season in North Bay.

Thomas currently leads the Knights in scoring and stands 12th in the overall OHL ranks with 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points through 14 games.  Recently named London’s captain for the 2017-18 season, the 18-year-old from Aurora was a member of the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup champions and was a first round pick by the Blues in the 2017 NHL Draft.  This marks his first opportunity with Team OHL in CIBC Canada Russia Series competition.

With all four players only scheduled to compete for Team OHL in Game 3, a new leadership group will be announced for Game 4 in Sudbury which takes place on Monday November 13.

The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series shifts to Ontario tied 3-3 in points following a pair of games in the Western Hockey League.  Team WHL won the opener by a 7-0 score in Moose Jaw on Monday, with Team Russia evening the series Tuesday with a 4-3 triumph in Swift Current.  Team OHL carries an all-time record of 23-4-1 in Canada Russia Series action.

2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 6 at Moose Jaw, SK: WHL 7, Russia 0 – Game Summary | Highlights
Game 2 – Tuesday November 7 at Swift Current, SK: Russia 4, WHL 3 – Game Summary | Highlights
Game 3 – Thursday November 9 at Owen Sound, ON (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, 360, TVA Sports 2)
Game 4 – Monday November 13 at Sudbury, ON (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)
Game 5 – Tuesday November 14 at Charlottetown, PE (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)
Game 6 – Thursday November 16 at Moncton, NB (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)

All games of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series will be available online through NeuLion’s CHL streaming platform at http://chl.neulion.com/chl/.

All games of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series will also be broadcast on the NHL Network U.S the following day at 10:00 am Eastern.

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.

Join the conversation on social media @CHLHockey using #CANvsRUS.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

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