OSHAWA, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, today announced the coaching staffs for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
The Generals are set to host the game on Monday, November 12th; where all three members of the Generals coaching staff as well as the Gens training staff will be behind the bench with Team OHL. Greg Walters, Greg Nemisz and Nathan McIver will be appearing as coaches in the series for the first time.
Walters, is in his first season as an OHL Head Coach. He previously was the Head Coach of the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for the past 8 years, leading the team to its first league title in 2017 and being named the league coach of the year for the second time. He continued his winning ways being named the Canadian Junior Hockey League coach of the year the same season, a vote determined through 10 leagues comprised of 132 teams. At an international level, he has coached Team Canada East at the World Jr. A Hockey Championship twice.
Nemisz, a former first round draft selection of the Calgary Flames, is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Gens. Before coaching, he played his junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires and taking part in the Canada Russia series twice in 2008 and 2009. He went on to win a silver medal with Hockey Canada at the World Juniors in 2010.
McIver, joined the Generals in 2016 as an assistant coach. A former draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, McIver played his junior career with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors. He also suited up for the Canada Russia Challenge game in 2003, where he won MVP.
The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team and is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship which returns to Canadian soil this December in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
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 five of the last eight series decided in the final game including last season where for the first time in event history a QMJHL shootout victory determined the overall series outcome in favour of the CHL after both countries played to a 9-9 tie in points through six games.
2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Staff and Schedule:
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON
Head Coach: Greg Walters (Oshawa Generals)
Assistant Coach: Nathan McIver (Oshawa Generals)
Assistant Coach: Greg Nemisz (Oshawa Generals)
Head Athletic & Equipment Manager: Bryan Boyes (Oshawa Generals)
Athletic Therapist: Matt Leech (Oshawa Generals)
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.
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