The signing of Fedor Fedorov by Lada Togliatti makes for two Ontario Hockey League grads on the team’s roster for 2014-15. Fedorov joins Karol Sloboda on Togliatti with the 2014-15 KHL season already about 11 games old. The team returns to the KHL for the first time since 2009-10 after four years in the lower VHL.
Fedor played two years in the OHL, 1999-00 and 2000-01. His first year was spent with the Windsor Spitfires and his second was with Bert Templeton and the Sudbury Wolves. Fedorov was a sixth round pick by the Spitfires at the 1998 OHL Priority Selection, 115th overall. He played a year of pro hockey in the UHL with the Port Huron Border Cats in 1998-99 as a 17 year old before playing in the OHL.
The younger brother of Sergei Federov, Fedor was a third sixth round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, 182nd overall. He re-entered the draft in 2001 and was taken in the third round by the Vancouver Canucks, 66th overall.
Since 2001-02, Fedorov has played in the AHL, ECHL, NHL and KHL. His National Hockey League experience consists of 18 games, seven with the Canucks in 2002-03, eight with the Canucks in 2003-04 and three with the New York Rangers in 2005-06. He has been in the RSL/KHL since 2006-07. In 2013-14, Fedorov played for CSKA Moscow.
This defenseman played two years in the Ontario Hockey League, 2001-02 and 2002-03, with the Ottawa 67’s. Sloboda was the 41st overall pick by Ottawa at the 2001 CHL Import Draft. In 2002 and 2003 he played for Slovakia at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
Undrafted to the NHL, Karol has played pro since 2003-04 in the Czech Extraliga and the Slovak Extraliga. In 2013-14, he played for HC Vitkovice in the Czech league. For the past two years, Sloboda has competed in the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland as a member of Vitkovice. Karol also played for Slovakia at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus. Slovakia placed ninth out of the 16 teams in the tournament.
The franchise dates back to 1976 and plays home games at the Lada Arena in Togliatti, Russia, a 6,122 seat venue that opened in 2013. The team was last playoff champions in 1993-94 when the elite Russian league was the RSL. From 2010-11 to 2013-14, Togliatti dropped down to the VHL and makes a return to the KHL for 2014-15.
Togliatti is a city in the southwest of Russia, near the border with Kazakhstan, on the Volga River. The city has a population of around 720,000 and about 110,000 of them work at the Lada car plant.