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Maxim Chikinev Joins Almaguin Spartans

Maxim Chikinev Joins Almaguin Spartans

The Almaguin Spartans are excited to announce that Maxim Chikinev joins the roster for the upcoming season. The 2007-born forward from Mytishchi, Russia, joins the Spartans from Atlant Mytishchi Russian U17/U18.

Spartans Assistant Coach Ivan Skvortsov shared his thoughts on the addition of Maxim Chikinev: “We are really happy to have Max joining our club. He is a talented young player that I think can develop into a strong junior player in our program. He is a strong skater and is really excited to be coming to North America this season. We will have a number of Russian players this season that I think we can do some great work with and I also feel these players are going to help us be a very competitive team.”

The Almaguin Spartans are eager to see how Maxim Chikinev will contribute to the team’s success. Maxim’s strong skating skills and enthusiasm for joining the North American hockey scene will make a significant impact. With several Russian players on the roster, the Spartans look forward to a season of great collaboration and competitiveness.

In addition to Maxim Chikinev’s signing, the Spartans have made several other strategic moves to strengthen their lineup. For more details on the team’s recent signings and updates, visit our news page.

To learn more about the Almaguin Spartans’ history and achievements, check out our about page.

Welcome to the Spartans, Max!

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Steven Squillante Re-Signs with Almaguin Spartans

Steven Squillante Re-Signs with Almaguin Spartans

The Almaguin Spartans are thrilled to announce that Steven Squillante re-signs with Almaguin Spartans. The 2004-born goaltender from New York has played in the NA3HL, EOJHL, and CCHL, showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport. Steven’s return significantly boosts the Spartans’ roster for the upcoming season.

Spartans Head Coach Myles Pepin shared his excitement about Steven Squillante’s return. “I’m really happy to have Stevie back with us. He brings a positive attitude and shows up to the rink every day with a smile on his face, ready to work hard. Stevie has great size and strong technical skills. With our goalie coach Shea Cooper’s help, we will push Steven to be more aggressive in his style of play. This will really help him develop further.”

Steven Squillante committed to re-signing with the Almaguin Spartans even before the end of last season. “Stevie had a great experience here last year, which was essential after not having the best experiences with other organizations,” added Coach Pepin. “We take great pride in providing our players with a fantastic experience in Almaguin, both on and off the ice. Last year, over 10 players re-signed with the organization, reflecting the supportive and growth-oriented environment we foster.”

The Almaguin Spartans dedicate themselves to developing their players and providing a nurturing environment that allows them to thrive. Steven Squillante’s return testifies to the positive impact the team has on its players. With his strong technical skills, great size, and mentorship from goalie coach Shea Cooper, Steven will elevate his game further this season.

Fans of the Almaguin Spartans can look forward to seeing Steven Squillante in action once again. His dedication, skill, and positive attitude make him a valuable asset to the team. The Spartans eagerly await Steven’s growth and contribution to the team’s success.

Welcome back, Stevie! We are excited to see what you can achieve this season with the Almaguin Spartans.

 

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Spartans Add Russian Defensemen

The Almaguin Spartans are excited to announce the signing of Bogdan Malko. The 2006 Russian defensemen joins the club from Metallurg Moskva U18.
Spartans Assistant Coach Ivan Skvortsov had this to say about the addition of Malko “We are really happy Bogdan committed to our program for the upcoming season. He is a skilled defensemen, that skates very well and has great vision. Bogdan will be able to play in all situations and I think will adapt to the North American style game very quickly.
Last season he was the captain of Metallurg Moskva and prior to playing there was with Amur Khabarovsk, which is a very strong program in Russia. He is a very committed athlete on and off the ice and we are really excited to see what he can do this season.”
Welcome to the Spartans Bogdan!!!
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Austrian Forward Returns

The Almaguin Spartans are thrilled to announce the re-signing of 2003 Forward Christoph Kirchmayer. Last season the Austrian forward missed a good portion of the season with knee surgery, but when he was in the Spartans line up he was a big contributor putting up 11 points in 8 games.
Spartans Head Coach Myles Pepin had this to say about the return of Kirchmayer “Were really happy to have Chris back with us for another reason. When he came to us via trade from the Rattlers, he was given an opportunity to jump into our top 6 and he certainly made the most of his opportunity. He’s a honest player, that plays a 200 foot game, can create offence and is a team first player.
I think with Chris being healthy and fully recovered, he is ready to have a big season. He is also a player we put a priority on re-signing, due the leadership he brings to our team on and off the ice. He has pro level habits in his training and preparation that will help set the tone and build the right culture with our group right from the first day of training camp.”
Welcome back Christoph Kirchmayer!!!
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Spartans Add French Defender

The Almaguin Spartans are happy to announce the signing of Gabriel Sabourin. The 2004 born defensemen comes to the Spartans from Montpellier, France where he played for Occitanie U20 and the Montepellier Vipers France2.
Spartans General Manager David Forde had this to say about the addition of Sabourin “We are very happy that Gabriel is joining our program. He is a veteran defensemen who I think can play against other teams top lines. He is a strong skater and thinks defensive first, which is key in playing a shut down role. We also think Gabriel will be able to chip in offensively and gives us another solid option on the power play.
His experience at the men’s second division level, has taught him a lot in regards to preparation and simplifying his game. As well as strong on and off ice training habits. Gabriel has been in a leadership role on many of his teams in the past and we feel his leadership skills will fit in well with our group here and the team culture we want this season.”
Welcome to the Spartans Gabriel!!!
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Malmesjo Re-Signs

The Almaguin Spartans are thrilled to announce the return of Noah Malmesjo. The 2004 born Swedish Forward/Defense appeared in 34 games for the Spartans last season posting 6 points and 49 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Spartans, Malmesjo was in the Hofors HC junior system.
Spartans Head Coach Myles Pepin had this to say about the return of Malmesjo “I’m really happy to have Noah back this season. He had a slow start to last season and struggled a bit to adjust to the North American style of play, but once he did he was a valuable player for us being able to play forward and defense.
Noah also brings toughness to our line up and is always willing to stick up and defend his teammates. He’s a team first player and is willing to help the team in anyway he can and at any position. I think Noah can contribute even more this season and look forward to seeing him take the next step in his development.”
Welcome back Noah!!!
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Spartans Add Swedish Netminder

The Almaguin Spartans are happy to announce the signing of Oliver Levy. The 2005 Swedish netminder joins the Spartans from Trollhattans HC/Uddevalla HC J20. Oliver also played 3 games for Uddevalla Division 3.
Spartans General Manager David Forde had this to say about the addition of Levy “We are very happy to have Oliver joining our program. We have been in talks with Oliver since last year about joining our program. We think he is going to be a great fit on and off the ice. He is a good young goaltender, with a lot of potential. He is athletic, has good size and is very dedicated to his off ice training.
I think Shea Cooper will be able to help push Oliver this year to elevate his game and to adjust to the North American game. We are really looking forward to seeing what Oliver can do this season and push his development to the next level.”
Welcome the Spartans Oliver!!!
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Spartans Captain Re-Signs

For Canada Day the Spartans wanted to give our fans something special and we really think we have with the announcement of the return of Captain Gustavs Stikans. The 2003 born Latvian defensemen returns for his 4th season in the GMHL. Last season Stikans had 18 points in 39 games.
Spartans Assistant Coach/Defense Coach Bryan Austin had this to say about the return of the Stikans “I’m really excited to have Gus back with us for his final season. Gus was a warrior for us last year, playing big minutes every night. He battled through injuries a lot of the season and never complained. He is a team first guy that plays an honest game. He puts the team ahead of himself and that’s a big part of being a good leader.
Gus will be a good example for our younger defensemen and I feel with us having a much stronger team and d core this season, that Gus is going to be able to produce a lot more offensively. He’s a guy I can throw out in any situation and a guy I rely on heavily to match up against the other teams top players. “
Welcome back Gus
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Spartans Acquire Austrian Forward/Defensemen

The Almaguin Spartans are excited to announce that they have completed a trade with the Bradford Rattlers. The Spartans are sending a 7th Round GMHL Draft Pick to the Rattlers for 2003 born Austrian F/D Christoph Kirchmayer.

Last season Kirchmayer had 11 points and 24 penalty minutes in 34 games. Kirchmayer is a versatile player that can play multiple positions and is a team first guy. He will be joining the Spartans tomorrow and will be in the line up on Saturday in Sennetree.

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Spartans Add Talented Russian Forward

The Almaguin Spartans are thrilled to announce the addition of Mikhail Ilyin. The 2005 Forward from Novosibirsk, Russia joins the Spartans from Sibir Novosibirsk where he had 8 points in 24 games in the top Russian U18 league.

Spartans General Manager David Forde had this to say about the club’s latest addition “Mikhail is a talented young forward with a lot of potential. He has great size at 6’3 and 175 pounds and athleticism, as he comes from a family with multiple professional athletes. Mikhail see’s the ice well and can create offense off the rush and in the offensive zone. We have several good young forwards who are going to be given a great opportunity to develop and play in key situations this year.

Mikhail joined the team on Monday and got right to work in the team’s first on ice session. We have big expectations for Mikhail this season and are excited to see what he can do in Spartans uniform.

The club started on ice training Monday with 15 players, with 2 arriving this weekend and 2 more next week. We expect skilled Serbian Forward Bojan Djordjevic to arrive before October 1st and are just waiting for 3 more Visa’s. Our coaches are very happy with what they have seen so far with our group and feel we are going to have a very competitive club this season.

The guys have two big weeks of training, before the clubs first game September 22nd in West Nipissing. The club then heads to the far north for the longest road trip off the season with a back-to-back against the expansion Le Becard De Senneterre, before hosting the Bancroft Rockhounds in our Home Opener Friday October 6th.