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Former Civics Goalie Re-Signs in VHL

 August 13th, 2018 at 10:20AM  August 13th, 2018 3:22PM

Tyumen, Russia- Former New Tecumseth Civics Goalie, Igor Tyalo, has signed with Rubin Tyumen, a professional team that plays in the VHL, the KHL’s affiliate league!

Tyalo joined the GMHL for the New Tecumseth Civics (then the Alliston Coyotes) in 2014-2015, where he split the starting duties for the Civics. The Civics were a dark horse in the GMHL that year, and although they weren’t at the top of the standings, they were a team that no one took lightly. Tyalo stood between the pipes for 12 Regular Season Games for the New Tecumseth Civics where he overall for the Civics for the 2014-2015 Season was: 2nd Overall in Wins (5), 2nd Overall in Saves (342), 1st Overall in GAA (3.93), and 2nd Overall in S% (0.891). Without Tyalo, the Civics might not have made it to the playoffs that year, where they stunned the powerhouse Tottenham Steam, taking them to 5 Games in a 5 Game series before bowing out. Tyalo’s efforts for the Civics were noted back home in Russia, and he signed a contract with Yunior-Sputnik Nizhny Tagil, a VHL-B team, the third tier professional league in Russia.

Tyalo immediately became the starter for Yunior-Sputnik Nizhny Tagil, and started 41 Games for the team, posting a 3.70 GAA in his first year of professional hockey. The following season Tyalo was signed to HK Cheboksary where he started 11 Regular Season Games for the team, posting a 2.99 GAA and .887 S%. His efforts with HK Cheboksary earned him a call up to the VHL, the KHL’s affiliate league, where he would start 1 Game, where he earned a shutout for the team, before being sent back to HK Cheboksary for the playoffs where he posted a 3.18 GAA and .883 S% in 3 Playoff Games for the team. With two years of professional hockey under his belt, and a call up to the VHL, Tyalo moved up the ranks in 2017-2018, and signed a contract in the VHL for the Tsen Tou Jilin joining former West Nipissing Lynx defenceman Mikhail Patrikeyev. Tyalo would go on to play 26 Games for Tsen Tou Jilin, where he would post a 2.97 GAA and .909 S%, a huge improvement, showing Tyalo could play at the VHL level. Tyalo has now signed a contract for the 2018-2019 Season with the VHL team that called him up in 2016-2017, Rubin Tyumen, where he’ll make a bid for the starting job.

The VHL is the second league in Russia, and one of the top leagues in Europe. The league is affiliated with the KHL, which is arguably the second best league in the world. Specifically, Rubin Tyumen is affiliated with HC Yugra of the KHL. The VHL not only advances players to the KHL, but has sent players to the AHL and NHL as well, such as Nikita Zaitsev (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Valeri Nichuskin (Dallas Stars). It is great to see a former GMHL player at this high level of hockey, and we wish Tyalo and Rubin Tyumen the best of luck next season!

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