London Knights Grad Traded Up In KHL Standings

Ontario Hockey League grad Max Spiridonov was recently traded to his tenth KHL team in eleven years. Spiridonov began the season with 16 games for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, where he contributed six points, and was moved to Ak Bars Kazan. In the process, he moved from ninth in the KHL’s East Conference and out of a playoff spot and into fourth in the East, destined for the post season.

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max spiridonov ak bars kazan russia khl hockeyMax played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights, 1996-97 and 1997-98. In his second season with London, Spiridonov earned the Jim Mahon Trophy as the highest scoring right winger in the league with 54 goals and 99 points. It was enough to get a late round look from the Edmonton Oilers. Max was taken in the ninth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 241st overall.

For three years after leaving the Knights, Spiridonov played on a handful of teams in the IHL, AHL and ECHL. In 2001-02, he returned to his native Russia and, with exception of a half season spent in Switzerland, has been there since.

Max’s 10 RSL/KHL teams:

  • Salavat Yulayev Ufa
  • Amur Khabarovsk
  • Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • Severstal Cherepovets
  • Dynamo Moscow
  • Metallurg Novokuznetsk
  • Barys Astana
  • Dinamo Minsk
  • Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • Ak Bars Kazan

In 2002-03, with Amur Khabarovsk, Max led the RSL in goals with 21. In 2003-04, he played 19 games for the ill-fated Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The only team Spiridonov has played two full seasons with is Barys Astana in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He wore the ‘A’ for Astana in the second season.

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