Spartans Sign Russian Blue Liner

The Almaguin Spartans are thrilled to announce the return of 2001 born Defencemen Artur Fokin. The 6’1, 185-pound Russian defender had 7 goals and 25 assists for 32 points and 81 penalty minutes in 41 games for the Spartans in 2019-2020.
Spartans General Manager David Forde had this to say about the return of Fokin “Our staff is very happy to have Artur back for a second campaign. It was a high priority for us this off season to get Artur re-signed, as we felt he would be an important player to bring back to provide skill and big minutes on the back end. Fokin had a good rookie season in 2019/2020 overall and had flashes of greatness. He is a player with incredible potential, and we saw signs of his top-level talent.
I think with him now being 20 years old and a lot more mature physically and mentally, that he is ready to raise his game to the next level. Artur skates well, blocks shots, competes hard at both ends of the rink and has a big shot from the point. We want guys in our program that are going to bring it every night and do whatever they can do to help us win and Artur is definitely a player that fits that bill. We are expecting Artur to play top 4 minutes on a nightly basis and play a more controlled and consistent game this year. “
Artur had this to say about returning to the Spartans for a second season “I’m very excited to be back for a second season. I really enjoyed the community and the program. I have been working very hard since I left Almaguin to improve my game. I can’t wait to get back to Canada and do everything in my power to help us win a Russell Cup”