Tier 3 Junior Hockey Around the Globe - Russia
January 18, 2016
Over 200 players came from over 30 countries on 4 continents to play Tier 3 Junior Hockey in the 2015-16 season. The Tier 3 Junior Hockey Around the Globe Series continues by highlighting players from Russia. Currently there are 28 Russian hockey players on active Tier 3 rosters listed below in alphabetical order.
Maxim Andreev, F, 1998, New York Bobcats Premier
Moscow native Maxim Andreev logged 1 goal and 8 assists through his first 18 games on the New York Bobcats roster.
Mikhail Astakhov, New England Wolves
Moscow Russia Forward Mikhail Astakhov logged 7 goals and 2 assists through 29 games this season. A Tier 3 veteran, Astakhov played his 2014-15 campaign with the New England Wolves MJHL squad.
Ivan Bondarenko, F, 1997, Aspen Leafs
Moscow native Ivan Bondarenko averages over 3 points per game while in an Aspen Leafs jersey. He began his Tier 3 career as part of the 2013-14 West Sound Warriors earning 101 points through 37 games and his 50 goals that season ties for 4th in the Tier 3 record books for most goals in a season. Bondarenko's 2014-15 campaign was played in the NAHL as a member of the Wenatchee Wild, earning 14 points through 38 games. After starting the 2015-16 season on the Aspen roster, Bondarenko was called up to the Janesville Jets, but returned soon after to the Leafs where through 20 games he logged 61 points and currently ranks top ten among all Tier 3 skaters in points.
Nikita Diakonov, D, 1996, Forest Lake Lakers
In his second season with the Forest Lake Lakers Russian Defenseman Nikita Diakonov logged 3 goals and 6 assists through 15 games.
Arseny Ivanov, D, 1996, Great Falls Americans
In his second season on the Great Falls Americans roster, Moscow native Arseny Ivanov logged 4 goals and 9 assists through 28 games, surpassing his 2014-15 point total midseason. A defenseman, Ivanov has assisted the Americans in earning a 25-7-2 Frontier Division leading record.
Daniil Gerasimov, G, 1996, Springfield Pics
Springfield Goaltender Daniil Gerasimov holds a 1-10-0 record as well as a 4.37gaa and .884 save percent through 11 games in net for the Pics this season.
Max Gruzdev, F, 1995, Florida Eels
In his second season with the Florida Eels, Max Gruzdev logged 19 goals and 35 assists and his 54 points tops the Eels USP3HL leaderboard. To date, Gruzdev earned a point in 24 of 31 games including 16 multi point efforts and a season best 6 point game on November 22, 2015.
Alexander Igantov, F, 1998, Junior Bruins
Alexander Igantov scored 5 goals and added 3 assists this season through 21 games on the Boston Junior Bruins USP3HL roster.
Maxim Karpikov, F, 1996, Illiana Blackbirds
Russian forward Maxim Karpikov began his Tier 3 career on the Twin City Steel roster, playing 9 games through the 2013-14 season, followed by a season in Canada in the GMHL before joining the Illiana Blackbirds for the 2015-16 season. Karpikov logged 7 goals and 15 assists through his first 28 games with the Blackbirds.
Sergei Khoroshun, F, 1995, Charlotte Rush
Charlotte Forward Sergei Khoroshun averages just over a point per game with 18 goals and 21 assists through 38 games with the Rush. Earning a point in 24 games including 10 multi point efforts, 2 hat tricks and a game winner.
Bogdan Khvatov, F, 1997, Jersey Shore Wildcats
In his first season playing Tier 3 Junior Hockey, Bogdan Khvatov logged 18 goals and 19 assists through 31 games on the Jersey Shore Wildcats roster. A 1997, Khvatov earned a point in 25 games including 9 multi point efforts, a hat trick and 4 game winners.
Ernest Komarnitskii, F, 1997, Skylands Kings
Russian Forward Ernest Komarnitskii logged 18 goals and 16 assists through 29 games this season for the Skylands Kings. In his first season playing at the Tier 3 level, Komarnitskii earned a point in 18 games including 10 multi point efforts and a season high 5 points on November 22, 2015.
Mikhail Koval, D, 1998, New England Wolves
In his first season playing at the USA Tier 3 level, Moscow Defenseman Mikhail Koval logged his first Tier 3 assist on December 19, 2015.
Nikita Kuznetsov, F, 1995, Boston Jr Rangers
Saint Petersburg Forward Nikita Kuznetsov logged 18 goals and 34 assists for 52 points in his first 29 games this season on the Boston Jr Rangers roster. A Tier 3 veteran, Kuznetsov is in his second season as part of the Rangers organization. Kuznetsov earned a point in 24 games including 14 multi point efforts and a season high 6 points on October 23, 2015.
Artus Laukaitis, F, 1997, Atlanta Capitals
Second in points on the Atlanta Capitals roster, Artus Laukaitis logged 25 goals and 24 assists through 30 games this season, as well as 2 games on the NAHL Topeka Roadrunners roster early this year. A 1997, Laukaitis earned a point in 26 games including 14 multi point efforts including a hat trick on January 15, 2016 and a season high 5 points on November 8, 2015. Laukaitis contributes to nearly 30% of the Capitals goals.
Pavel Mikhasenok, F, 1996, Philadelphia Little Flyers Premier
In his second season with the Philadelphia Little Flyers, Pavel Mikhasenok currently averages 1.56 point per game, with 16 goals and 31 assists through 30 games. Mikhasenok earned a point in 24 games including 14 multi point efforts, a season high 5 points on January 10, 2016 and 3 game winners.
Anton Minaev, F, 1996, Forest Lake Lakers
In his first season playing Tier 3, Moscow Forward Anton Minaev logged 27 goals and 30 assists through his first 36 games for the Forest Lake Lakers. Earning a point in 31 games including 17 multi point efforts and 4 game winners.
Artem Nekrasov, D, 1996, Dells Ducks
Moscow Defenseman Artem Nekrasov joined the Dells Ducks after spending 3 seasons playing U18 in Colorado. At 6'2 205lb Nekrasov plays as part of arguably one of the stoutest defenses in the USPHL Midwest Division, allowing on average 1.68 goals per game. To date, Nekrasov logged 7 goals and 14 assists including 1 game winner.
Danil Piliya, F, 1999, Carolina Eagles
In his first season playing Tier 3, Russian Forward Danil Piliya logged 9 goals and 15 assists for the Carolina Eagles USP3HL squad.
Oleg Potemkin, F, 1995, Philadelphia Little Flyers Premier
Third in points on the Philadelphia Little Flyers Premier squad, Oleg Potemkin is in his 3 season the team where he's earned 15 goals and 19 assists through 29 games.
Eduard Rumyantsev, F, 1998, St Louis Jr Blues
Russian Forward Eduard Rumyantsev logged 10 goals and 8 assists through his first 33 games in a St Louis Jr Blues jersey. A 1998, Rumyantsev stands 5 foot 10 and weighs 165 points.
Vladislav Shipota, D, 1995, Rochester Ice Hawks
Russian Defenseman Vladislav Shipota logged 3 goals and 4 assists through his first 26 games on the Rochester Ice Hawks roster. A Junior Hockey veteran, Shipota played his 2013-14 campaign with the Minnesota Flying Aces and split time between the GMHL and NAHL through the 2014-15 season.
Ilya Skvortsov, F, 1996, Philadelphia Revolution Premier
In his first season playing in the United States, Ilya Skvortsov averages .86 points per game with 10 goals and 9 assists through 22 games.
Andrej Stankevich, D, 1995, Florida Eels
In his second season playing Tier 3, Andrej Stankevich played his 2014-15 campaign with the Cape Cod Islanders before transferring to the Florida Eels for the 2015-16 season where he's logged 13 goals and 26 assists through 34 games.
Dmitri Sten, F, 1996, Okanagan European Eagles
Russian Forward Dmitri Sten logged 3 goals and 6 assists through 26 games to date on the Okanagan European Eagles roster.
Greg Terlov, F, 1995, Maine Wild
A Tier 3 veteran, Forward Greg Terlov began his Tier 3 career on the New Jersey Junior Titans (MJHL) roster for the 2014-15 season. Terlov began the 2015-16 with 9 games on the Lockport Express roster before joining the Maine Wild. To date, Terlov earned 5 goals and 12 assists through 28 games including a season high 3 points on October 9, 2015 in his final game with the Express.
Gennadi Zabeline, D, 1995, Gillette Wild
Tier 3 veteran Gennadi Zabeline played a season on the Cincinnati Thunder roster before joining the Gillette Wild for the 2015-16 season. Zabeline leads all Wild Defensemen in points, earning 5 goals and 16 assists through his first 32 games.
Aleks Zakirov, G, 1997, Forest Lake Lakers
In his first season with the Forest Lake Lakers, Russian Goaltender Aleks Zakirov holds a 16-4-1 record and ranks top 10 in wins across all Tier 3. At 6'1 190lb, Zakirov has a 2.01 gaa, a .930 save percent and logged a shutout on September 18, 2015 in his first game between the pipes for the Lakers.