The Almaguin Spartans are thrilled to announce the addition of 2004 Forward Pavel Smirnov and 2004 Goaltender Aleksandr Smirnov. The brothers come to the Spartans from Moscow, where they played for Team FSO Moskva. Pavel led the U18 club in scoring last year with 13 points in 11 games.
Spartans Russian Scout and former Captain Ivan Skvortov recruited these two promising young players from Moscow. Ivan had this to say about the addition of the Smirnov brothers to the Spartans “I think Pavel and Aleksandr are going to fit in well at the GMHL level and into the Spartans program. Both players are very dedicated and are wanting to develop into players that can play at the College or Professional level. Their skills and commitment level are big reasons why I think they will fit in well to the Spartans program.
Pavel is a skilled forward, with great hands and vision. He likes to create offense off the rush and will be able to produce points for the Spartans on a regular basis.
Aleksandr reads the play well, is good positionally and competes hard in all situations. Andre Laperriere will be able to help Aleksandr make some adjustments to his game and push him to be a strong goalie at this level this season.
I wish Pavel and Aleksandr the best of luck this season and I know they will work hard and I know both are very excited to come to Canada, play hockey, study and have the same great experience I did with the Spartans.”