SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill announced Monday the team has signed 2019 CHL Import Draft pick Ilya Solovyov to an OHL Standard Player Agreement.
Solovyov, 18, hails from Mogilev, Belarus and played the 2018-19 season for the Belarusian Under-20 National Team. Solovyov appeared in 69 games including tournament play, scoring three goals and five assists. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound, left-shot defenseman won a silver medal in both the Division 1 World Championships and the World Junior Division 1 Championships. Solovyov had options to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, but is choosing to come to North America to play major junior hockey.
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