Ivan Miroshnichenko raised at VHL club Avangard Omsk, records two assists in game opener

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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.

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.

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

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Center in 1974. His interest in the Caps grew over the decades, including being a season ticket holder. He was a reporter covering the team for over 10 years, focusing primarily on analysis, analysis and lead development.