London Knights Grad Moves To His 11th KHL Team

max spiridonov ak bars kazan russia khl hockeyOntario Hockey League grad Max Spiridonov has been traded to his eleventh RSL / KHL team since moving back to his home country in 2001-02. The Moscow born player has signed with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod for the rest of the 2013-14 season after starting the year with Barys Astana.

Max Spiridonov

Spiridonov played two years in the OHL, 1996-97 and 1997-98, with the London Knights. In his second year, Max scored 54 goals and assisted on 44 for 98 points over 66 regular season games. He led the Knights in goals and points and was awarded the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the league’s top scoring right winger.

Max tied for second in goals with David Legwand of the Plymouth Whalers. The two were one goal behind league leader Robert Mailloux of the Kingston Frontenacs. Spiridonov placed fourth in the race for the Eddie Powers Trophy, behind Peter Sarno of the Sarnia Sting, Jeremy Adduono of the Sudbury Wolves and Legwand.

In the 1997-98 Robertson Cup playoffs, Max played 16 games but his offense dropped with just three goals and four assists. The Knights knocked out the Erie Otters and Kingston Frontenacs before being swept by the Ottawa 67’s in the semi-finals.

The Edmonton Oilers selected Spiridonov in the ninth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 241st overall. He saw no action in the National Hockey League and played just three years of pro hockey in North America before jumping to Russia. Between 1998-99 and 2000-01, Max played for teams in the IHL, AHL and ECHL.

With exception of 15 games in Switzerland’s National League A with Basel in 2007-08, Spiridonov has remained in the KHL. His totals to date in the RSL/KHL are 125 goals and 140 assists for 265 points over 472 regular season games. The post season and Gagarin Cup have mostly eluded Max in Russia. He has played in just 18 playoff games with just four assists to show for it.

In 2002-03, playing for Amur Khabarovsk in the RSL, amazingly his 21 goals led the league. Of course, each team played just a 51 game regular season schedule. Max played in 46 games and also added 15 assists for 36 points. He finished two goals ahead of the next contender.

2009-10 with Barys Astana was really Spiridonov’s last offensively productive season. His 24 goals while playing the full 56 game schedule placed him tied for ninth in the KHL. He added 26 assists for 50 points.

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod

Previously, we covered this KHL team and the fact that they’ve got a few Ontario Hockey League grads on the roster. Spiridonov will join Wojtek Wolski and Daniil Zharkov to make a trio of OHL alumni on the squad. Wolski played for the Brampton Battalion and Zharkov was a member of the Belleville Bulls.

Currently, Torpedo sits fifth in the 14 team Eastern Conference with games in hand. Going into the Christmas break, the KHL season is already over 60% in the books.


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