The Soo Greyhounds learned earlier today that SERGEY TOLCHINSKY has received his Visa from the Canadian Embassy in Moscow and will land in Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday evening.
A native of Khimki, Russia, Tolchinsky was selected by the Hounds in the 1st Round (12th Overall) of this past June’s CHL Import Draft.
“This is a very exciting moment for our hockey club and we look forward to welcoming Sergey and his family to Sault Ste. Marie this weekend. We anticipate that Sergey will go through an adjustment period as he learns the Canadian Culture and the routines of our hockey program both academically and athletically” began GM Kyle Dubas.
Tolchinsky played the 2011-12 season with CSKA MOSCOW of the Russian Junior League (MHL). In 51 regular season games played, Sergey had 19 goals and 15 assists to go along with a +17 rating. His season was highlighted with a gold medal at the U17 Championship in which he named to the tournament All-Star team along with fellow Hound Darnell Nurse.
Nurse was the only CHL player to be named to the World U17 Challenge AllStar Team, at the time. Meaning the Hounds will have two U17 AllStars on the roster this season.
In the August Edition of “The Red Line Report”, a reputable independent scouting service, Nurse was ranked 17th while Tolchinsky was ranked 37th overall in a preliminary ranking for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Sergey will join the club and meet his Greyhound teammates on Monday.
“We look forward to helping Sergey with that adjustment and to helping him
reach his vast potential over the course of his junior career with the
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds” concluded Dubas.
Date of Birth: 1995-02-03
Birthplace: Moskva, RUS