Washington Capitals forward Ivan Miroshnichenko took the next big step in his inspiring return to hockey on Monday, joining Avangard’s VHL team in Omsk less than two weeks after being cleared to return to play. Miroshnichenko went from the MHL (junior) team from Advangard to the Supreme Hockey League (VHL) team from Avangard over the weekend.
Miroshnichenko made his first VHL appearance Monday in a game against Metallurg Novokuznetsk. It was his first VHL game since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February.
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Miroshnichenko completed treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June and resumed training with the MHL club on October 21. He was cleared to return to play on November 8.
Miroshnichenko played six games for MHL (i.e. Russian Junior League) affiliate Avangard Omsk, and in those six games he scored six goals and registered two assists, scoring two goals in his last game.
Miroshnichenko (#63) started on the left wing on the second row and had two assists in Avangard’s 3-2 win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk on Monday.
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Miroshnichenko, 18, played 31 games for the VHL club last season before being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He registered 10 goals and six assists in those 31 games. He has yet to play a game in the KHL.
The Capitals selected Miroshnichenko with the 20th overall selection in the 2022 NHL Draft on July 7 of this year.
By Jon Sorensen