Montreal Canadiens top prospect Nick Suzuki has been named captain of the OHL”s Team Canada for the upcoming 2018 CIBC Canada vs Russia Series.
The annual tournament features some of the best under 20 players in the entire world with a team of Russian players playing a series against the best players from the OHL, QMJHL and WHL.
Suzuki, of course, was acquired by the Canadiens along with forward Tomas Tatar in the offseason trade with the Vegas Golden Knights for former Habs captain Max Pacioretty. The 19 year old speedster has 10 goals and 19 points in his first 13 games with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack so far this season.
Read below for the official press release of yesterday’s announcement:
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, today announced that Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack and Jack Studnicka of the Oshawa Generals will serve as Team OHL captains for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
Suzuki will lead Team OHL in Game 3 of the series against the Russian National Junior Team taking place in Sarnia on Thursday November 8, while Studnicka will wear the ‘C’ in front of his home Oshawa crowd for Game 4 on Monday November 12. In addition, the OHL has announced that forwards Barrett Hayton of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads will serve as alternate captains for Team OHL.
A 19-year-old from London, Ont., Suzuki is a fourth year forward with the Attack and was appointed team captain prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. Originally chosen by the club in the first round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, he’s played in 205 career games amassing an impressive 253 points including 117 goals, 136 assists, and just 36 penalty minutes notably earning back-to-back recognition with the league’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year award. Suzuki was a first round pick by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft but joined the Montreal Canadiens in an off-season trade. He will be competing for Team OHL a second straight season after serving as an alternate captain last year in Sudbury where he scored two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win.