Bobkov, Petrov to lead Russians against Canadian juniors in series

TORONTO – Anaheim Ducks goaltending prospect Igor Bobkov and New York Islanders draft pick Kirill Petrov headline the Russian roster chosen to face Canada’s top junior players in an annual six-game series starting Monday.

The Super Subway Series pits Quebec, Ontario and Western major hockey league teams against a team select players from Russia. The series opens Monday in Drummondville, Que.,

Petrov, a right-winger from Kaza, was a member of the Russian team that won a bronze medal at the 2009 world junior hockey championship in Ottawa in January.

Bobkov, from Magnitogorsk, helped Russia win a silver medal at the world under-18 championship in April and was named the tournament’s top goaltender.

The 21-player roster released Thursday by the Canadian Hockey League will be supplemented by Russian-born players in each of the three leagues: three from the OHL, two from the QMJHL and one from the WHL.

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The Russian team will be coached by Vladimir Plyuschev, who also coached his country’s to that silver medal at the under-18 championship.

After Monday’s game in Drummondville, the QMJHL and Russians square off Nov. 18 in Shawinigan. The OHL takes over for games Nov. 19 in Barrie and No. 23 Windsor. The WHL finishes the series Nov. 25 in Victoria and Nov. 26 in Kelowna, B.C.

About 100 Canadian players born in 1990 or earlier will play for the Quebec, Ontario and Western teams. They will be evaluated by Hockey Canada scout Al Murray for a possible invitation to the 2010 Canadian junior team’s selection camp next month.