General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett announced Monday that Andrei Bakanov has committed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement with the Storm.
Bakanov, a 6’2”, 225 lb forward from Moscow, was the Storm’s first round pick (38th overall) in the 2019 Import Draft.
“We are excited to officially welcome Andrei to our club,” said Burnett. “He is an impressive young talent and will fit in very nicely with our group both now and in the future.”
The 2002-born Bakanov spent the 2018-19 season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL where he collected five goals and nine points in 51 games. In 2017-18, the Moscow native had an impressive year playing with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, totaling 112 points (57G, 55A) in 77 total games between the program’s HPHL schedule and U16 AAA schedule.
“I’m proud to be part of the Guelph Storm and am very excited to for the upcoming season,” Bakanov said. “I have heard many great things about the organization and I can’t wait to get started.”
Bakanov also brings valuable international experience representing Russia at the U-17s where he won gold playing alongside Storm defenceman Danill Chayka at the World Hockey Challenge in Saint John, NB.
The17 year old is scheduled to attend the Storm’s 2019 Training Camp that is set to begin this afternoon.
DOB: May 25, 2002
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/USHL
GP: 51 | G: 5 | A: 9 | PTS: 14