MONTREAL - The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) recently announced its rosters for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series, and a pair of Canadiens prospects have made the cut.
Cole Fonstad, recently traded to the Everett Silvertips, will be joining the Western Hockey League (WHL) squad, while Allan McShane of the Oshawa Generals will be representing the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Selected in the fourth round of the 2018 Draft (128th overall), Fonstad posted nine points (2G, 7A) in as many games with the Prince Albert Raiders this season before being dealt to the Silvertips, where he enjoyed a three-point night (1G, 2A) in his debut with Everett. The Estevan, SK native scored 29 goals for 73 points in 67 games last season and had two goals and six points in 21 postseason games while helping the Raiders to the WHL championship this past spring. He also had three points (1G, 2A) in as many games in the 2019 Memorial Cup tournament. Now in his fourth full season in the WHL, Fonstad has 185 points (64G, 121A) in 220 career games in Junior.
McShane was also selected by the Canadiens in the fourth round in 2018, at 97th overall. The Collingwood, ON native is tied for second on the Oshawa Generals in scoring in 2019-20 with 13 points (4G, 9A). Now in his fourth season in the OHL, McShane registered 69 points (34G, 35A) in 62 games last season and helped the Generals to the OHL Eastern Conference finals with 14 points (5G, 9A) in 15 postseason contests. The 19-year-old has 191 points (75G, 116A) in 200 career games over four seasons with the Generals and Erie Otters.
The CIBC Canada Russia Series began in 2003. Seventy CHL players will compete for the WHL, OHL, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) teams playing against Team Russia. The tournament is a chance for those players to audition for a spot on Canada's National Junior Team for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. The series runs from November 4-14 in Saint John and Moncton, NB, Kitchener and London, ON, and Saskatoon and Prince Albert, SK.