(Left to Right) David Legwand, Ryan McGregor, Derian Hatcher, and Brad Staubitz ahead of game 3 in the Canada-Russia series. November 8, 2018. (Photo by Metcalfe Photography)

Canada Russia series comes to Sarnia

There will be American coaches behind the bench when Team OHL faces the Russians on Thursday night at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.

It’s game three of the CIBC Canada Russia series after Russia played a pair of games against the WHL squad.

Sarnia Sting Head Coach Derian Hatcher will be coaching Team OHL, along with fellow American David Legwand and Bright’s Grove’s Brad Staubitz.

“The higher-ups for Team Canada will pretty much lay everything out for us,” said Hatcher. “We’re just basically there to put them over the boards. They’ll have the lines laid out, they’ll have who they want on the powerplay, and penalty kill. That will all be laid out for us.”

Sarnia Sting Captain Ryan McGregor will be representing Team OHL, and will have a chance to make Canada’s World Jr. team.

“I think it will be a cool experience for myself but also for the city of Sarnia in general,” said McGregor. “All of our fans get a bit of a treat here to watch this team play. I’m just excited and I can’t wait to get going there.”

It will be the fourth time Sarnia has hosted a game, with a 4-0 win for Team OHL in 2003, a 5-0 OHL win in 2006, and a 2-1 OHL victory in 2012.

The series began in Kamloops on November 5 and wraps up in Drummondville November 15.