Two more players have decided to leave North America to pursue a career in the KHL.
19-year-old defenseman Nikita Lyamkin left Metallurg Novokuznetsk’s youth team, the Bears, two years ago to join Quebec Major Junior Hockey League side Chicoutimi Saguenéens, for whom he made 92 appearances. He has chosen to return to Novokuznetsk, however, and has signed a three-year contract with Metallurg.
31-year-old Swedish forward Joakim Lindstrom, currently representing his country at the World Championships in the Czech Republic, has agreed a move to SKA Saint Petersburg, with whom he has signed a one-year deal. In the 2009-10 season, Lindstrom (pictured) donned the colors of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod before crossing the ocean to play in the NHL, where he played for Columbus, Colorado, St. Louis and Toronto. His overall figures for his spell in North America’s strongest league read 150 games, 19 goals and 24 assists.