Russian defeceman a leader for Guelph Storm at age 17

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By Paul Osborne,

Daniil Chayka, the rangy Russian defenceman who is taking a leadership role on the Guelph Storm despite being only 17, loves all the ice time he is receiving this season.

He is playing in all situations and that has elevated his game.

“I’m more confident,” he said with his improving English.

“It is my second season so I feel like when I get more ice time I have more confidence.”

Chayka has played more hockey than just about anyone recently, not only suiting up for the Storm but for Russia at different international tournaments, always being counted on to be a key contributor.

“It’s a big experience playing for the national team it’s a big thing for me to be able to go back there and speak in Russian for a couple of weeks,” said Chayka.

“It is a very high level of hockey, all the best players are there.”

But Storm coach and GM George Burnett said his staff has to be aware of all the wear and tear his body has been through.

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