FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations & General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin (pronounced EE-lee-yuh l'yoo-BUSH-ken) to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are pleased to sign Ilya to a one-year contract," said Chayka. "Ilya is a big, physical defenseman who skates well and moves the puck effectively. He will add size and toughness to our blueline."
The 6-foot 2, 209-pound Lyubushkin registered 3-6-9 with 73 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season. The Moskva, RU native has totaled 12-24-36 with 258 PIM in 257 career games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl from 2013-18. The 24-year-old Lyubushkin recorded four assists in seven games and won the bronze medal with Russia at the 2013-14 U20 World Junior Championships.