Saginaw Spirit Alumni Join Forces In Moscow

Ontario Hockey League grad Jan Mursak enters his third year with CSKA Moscow in the KHL. Coming over from Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to join him is Geoff Platt. Both played for the Saginaw Spirit for a portion of their OHL careers.

Geoff Platt

geoff platt lokomotiv yaroslavlPlatt played four years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05 with the North Bay Centennials, Saginaw Spirit and Erie Otters. At the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, North Bay selected Geoff eleventh overall. After one year with the Centennials, he moved with the rest of the franchise to Saginaw.

Over his career, Platt played 248 regular season games, scoring 106 and assisting on 86 for 192 points. In the playoffs, he appeared in just 20 games, adding 15 points. In his final year, playing for the Erie Otters, Geoff finished second in the league with 45 goals, just two behind leader Corey Perry of the London Knights.


Platt’s first pro action came in 2004-05 after the Otters were eliminated in the opening round by the Kitchener Rangers. He played two regular season and three playoff games for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies of the ECHL.

Since 2005-06, he has played in the AHL, NHL, KHL and Finland’s Liiga. His National Hockey League experience consists of 46 games between 2005-06 and 2007-08 with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks.

Geoff has been in the KHL since the league’s inception for the 2008-09 season. In 2009-10, playing for Dynamo Minsk, Platt placed tied for fifth in the KHL with 26 goals. In 2014-15, he played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He has played internationally for Belarus. Platt is signed through 2015-16 with CSKA.

Jan Mursak

jan mursak cska moscow khlMursak played two years in the Ontario Hockey League, 2006-07 and 2007-08. He was the 33rd overall pick at the 2006 CHL Import Draft and was traded to Belleville 26 games into his second season. As a rookie, Jan put up great numbers with 27 goals and 53 assists for 80 points over 62 games. With the Bulls in 2007-08, he contributed 24 points in 21 playoff games as Belleville reached the finals before falling to the Kitchener Rangers in seven games. He would compete in the Memorial Cup tournament with Kitchener hosting.

Before coming to the OHL, Mursak was an NHL prospect. The Detroit Red Wings took Jan in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 182nd overall. Since leaving the OHL, he has played in the AHL, NHL, Austria’s EBEL and the KHL.

In the National Hockey League, he played 46 games between 2010-11 and 2012-13, all with the Red Wings. He was a Calder Cup champion with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2012-13. Mursak has been in the KHL since 2013-14 and is signed with Moscow through 2016-17. Jan also plays internationally with his native Slovenia. He played five games at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

CSKA Moscow

This team has roots back to 1946 and plays home games at the Ledovy Dvorets Sporta CSKA in Moscow, Russia, a 5,600 seat venue that opened in 1991. In 2014-15, CSKA dominated the regular season, finishing first overall and losing just nine of 60 games. They bowed out to SKA St. Petersburg in the conference semi-finals. It was their deepest playoff run since the KHL was formed in 2008-09.

CSKA Moscow has retired the numbers of four greats. Number 2 is retired in honour of Vyacheslav Fetisov. 17 is in honour of Valeri Kharlamov. 20 is retired for the great goaltender Vladislav Tretiak. Number 24 hangs in honour of Sergei Makarov.

 

 

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