By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur spent a good part of Sunday preparing for Team WHL’s games this week against Team Russia during the Subway Super Series.
“I had to put the final touches on it,” said Nachbaur, who will coach Team WHL. “They are good. Nineteen of their guys are from their summer team. They are loaded. What we saw in the summer is they have size, they skate well and they are skilled, lines one through four. Their power play and their penalty kill has been good, as well. They have some high-end talent.”
This marks the 10th year of the series with the Russians. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League split their games with the Russians to open the series. Team WHL will play the Russians tonight at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Thursday in Victoria, British Columbia. The Canadian Hockey League has won eight of the nine series played to date.
Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie will be on the Team WHL roster for both games. He is one of three 17-year-old players on the team, including forwards Curtis Lazar of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice.