Thursday, January 6, 2011

KITSYN JOINS MISSISSAUGA

Press Release

Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors are pleased to announce that their second selection in this past summers CHL Import Draft (17th overall) Maxim Kitsyn will be joining the team, effective immediately.

He will wear number 13 with the Majors.

Kitsyn, 19, is a left winger who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He has split his time this season between Novokuznetsk Metallurg of the KHL and the Russian Junior team. In 18 games with Novokuznetsk Metallurg this season he has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points and 8 penalty minutes.

In addition to his time in the KHL, Maxim played for Russia at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships. He played in 6 games in the tournament and recorded 3 assists, helping Russia to a sixth place finish. He suited up for the Russians again at this years World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo where he helped them to a 5-3 comeback victory in last night’s gold medal game over Canada. Kitsyn was tied for fifth in scoring for the tournament with 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points with a +7 rating. He was a key contributor for the Russians, scoring Russia’s second goal of the gold medal game.

Mississauga fans will have their first chance to see Kitsyn at the Hershey Centre when the Majors take on the Belleville Bulls next Friday, January 14. Game time is 7:30 PM. Tickets start at just $12.95 when purchased in advance of game day.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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