Smith and Beckman Named to Canada Russia Series Roster

Larry Brunt

Spokane Chiefs captain Ty Smith and forward Adam Beckman have each been named to Team WHL’s roster for the upcoming 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series, to be played in Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Sask. on Nov. 13 and 14.

Smith, a first-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL draft, returns for a second year to the event after being selected last year. The second-year captain has played 199 WHL regular season games — t-66th in franchise history — while piling up 29 goals and 153 assists (14th) for 182 points. He was the 2019 WHL and CHL Defenseman of the Year. In five games so far during the 2019-20 season, Smith has three goals and three assists, earning WHL Player of the Week honors in his first opportunity since being reassigned by the Devils.

Beckman, a third-round pick of the Minnesota Wild in the 2019 draft, makes his first appearance in the Canada Russia Series after a stellar draft year during which he led the Chiefs in goals scored with 32. His prolific season on the scoresheet marked the most points by a Chiefs rookie since Roman Tvrdon (70; 1999-00) and most goals since Jason Podollan (36; 1992-93). Beckman recorded 13 multi-point games. Through eight games, he leads the Chiefs in points (13) and assists (10; t-2nd WHL).

It will be a homecoming of sorts for both players as the event returns to Saskatoon and Prince Albert. In 2005 and 2014, the series made an appearance in Saskatoon, while Prince Albert played host in 2008. Beckman calls Saskatoon home while Smith is originally from nearby Lloydminster, Alta.

The six-game CIBC Canada Russia Series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. Team CHL has won 12 times in event history, with Russia emerging victorious on four occasions.

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.

Tickets for Games 5 and 6 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series are available now. Complete ticketing options available at the links below.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule
Game 1 – Monday, November 4 at Saint John, N.B.
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 5 at Moncton, N.B.
Game 3 – Thursday, November 7 at Kitchener, Ont.
Game 4 – Monday, November 11 at London, Ont.
Game 5 – Wednesday, November 13 at Saskatoon, Sask. – TICKETS
Game 6 – Thursday, November 14 at Prince Albert, Sask. – TICKETS

For event information, please visit

The Chiefs hit the road for games at Prince George on October 18 and 19 before returning for the first TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway at Spokane Arena on Wednesday, October 23 versus the Brandon Wheat Kings. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a refrigerator magnet featuring a Chiefs player courtesy of TicketsWest.

Tickets for October 23 and all Chiefs home games are available online, over the phone at 509-535-PUCK or in-person at the Chiefs’ Ticket Office at Spokane Arena.

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