The Canadian Hockey League, in association with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Western Hockey League, and in collaboration with Hockey Canada, have announced the rosters for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
70 CHL players will compete among the three regional league teams while auditioning for a role on Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. Team QMJHL, OHL, and WHL will each play twice against the Russian National Junior Team November 4-14 with games scheduled in Saint John, Moncton, Kitchener, London, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.
Suiting up for Team QMJHL are F Alexis Lafreniere, F Jakob Pelletier, G Alexis Gravel, D Justin Bergeron, D Jordan Spence and D Christopher Merisier-Ortiz.
Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have won the series 12 times playing to an overall record of 63-25-2-6. Heading into 2019 competition, Team QMJHL carries an overall record of 17-11-1-3, Team OHL is 25-6-0-1, and Team WHL holds a 21-8-1-2 record.