19-year-old centre began year with Moscow Spartak

General Manager Warren Rychel is pleased to announce centre Alexander Khokhlachev is returning to the Spitfires this week after winning bronze with Team Russia on home soil in the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Khokhlachev played two seasons with the club (2010-12) before opting to begin this season playing professionally in Russia for Moscow Spartak, where he posted two goals and five assists in 26 games.

Rychel claimed Khokhlachev on re-entry waivers back on October 5th, paving the way for his return.

“We’re thrilled to have Koko back with the club,” Rychel said. “He adds an element of speed and scoring up front that will inject some excitement into our club. The biggest thing is he has the ability to make our other players better as we make a push for the playoffs.”

Khokhlachev has averaged more than a point a game as a Spitfire: posting 59 goals and 86 assists (145 points) in 123 regular season games and another nine goals and eleven assists in 19 playoff games.

He will be in the lineup on Thursday, January 10th, as the Spitfires host Brampton at 7:05 p.m.


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