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Dillon Hamaliuk Added to Team WHL For Game 2 of 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Brian Liesse

Calgary, Alta. – Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Bil La Forge, in association with the WHL and CHL, announced today that left wing Dillon Hamaliuk has been added to Team WHL’s roster for Game 2 of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series, scheduled for Tuesday, November 6 in Langley.

The 18-year-old Hamaliuk will replace Justin Almeida (Moose Jaw Warriors) who was injured in Team WHL’s 2-1 win over Russia in Game 1 of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Monday night in Kamloops. Hamaliuk will wear sweater No. 9.

A product of Leduc, Alta., Hamaliuk is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft and was listed as a ‘C’ prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound left winger has registered 18 points (8G-10A) in 13 contests this season with the Thunderbirds. Originally a sixth-round pick (111th) of the Thunderbirds at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Hamaliuk has collected 58 points (24G-34A) in 102 career WHL regular season games.

With Hamaliuk’s addition to the roster, Team WHL will now be represented by five players eligible for the first time in the 2019 NHL Draft. He joins forwards Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets), Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades), and defenceman Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants), who are all first-time eligible.

Almeida, a fifth-round pick (129th) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2018 NHL Draft, was appearing at the CIBC Canada Russia Series for the first time in his career.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 2 of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series on Tuesday, November 6 at the Langley Events Centre in Vancouver.

The six-game CIBC Canada Russia Series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team.

Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 61-22-1-6. The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years, with the 2017 event requiring a shootout to break a series tie in Game 6. The first ever shootout finale in event history was won by Team QMJHL, giving the CHL its third consecutive series victory. Team CHL has won 12 times in event history, with Russia emerging victorious on three occasions.

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 (Russia 1, WHL 2)
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 please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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