Player Profile: Civics Mikhail KornilovAugust 17th, 2018 at 11:07AM August 17th, 2018 4:34PM
New Tecumseth, Ontario- The Civics have brought back a key piece to their roster for the 2018-2019 Season in the form of defenceman Mikhail Kornilov. Kornilov hails from St. Petersburg, Russia and is a two-year veteran for the Civics squad, joining the team in the 2016-2017 Season.
Before Kornilov joined the Civics squad he played Russia U16 for Serebryanye Lvy which is the youth program for the KHL team SKA Saint Petersburg, one of the top teams in the KHL with players such as Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Nail Yakupov playing for the team. Kornilov made the jump to North American hockey when he was seventeen years old, joining the Everest Academy, one of the top prep schools in Ontario for hockey where he played 8 games for the team, posting 2 Goals 1 Assist for 3 Points for the team. The Civics took notice of Kornilov, and offered him a spot on their roster for the 2016-2017 Season.
The New Tecumseth Civics were a top end team in 2016-2017, and Kornilov was a big piece for the team. At 6’1” 181 Pounds, Kornilov added some size to the Civics blue line, playing a solid game defensively and chipping in with some offence from time to time. Kornilov posted 2 Goals 1 Assist for 3 Points in 19 Regular Season Games Played en route to a 1st place finish in the North Division for the Civics. The Civics would go on to the Northern Division Finals in the playoffs before bowing out to the Parry Sound Islander. After an incredible rookie season, the Civics brought Kornilov back for the 2017-2018 Season, where Kornilov would continue to develop into a top defenceman. Off the ice, Kornilov proved that he was a leader, and was made Assistant Captain for the team for the 2017-2018 Season. On the ice, Kornilov developed into a top defenceman for the Civics team. Kornilov continued to play well in his own end, however, he started to add a two-way dynamic to his game, and put up a career best at any level in points, posting 9 Goals 15 Assists for 24 Points in 40 Games Played. Although the Civics didn’t have the strongest year, and ended up in 6th in the North Division, Kornilov was a bright spot in their season.
Kornilov has joined the Civics for his third year with the team where they hope he continues his development. According to Head Coach Dennis Martindale, “Korn[ilov] is a work-horse on the ice for us. He has a lot of skill, and combines that with his high hockey IQ to make smart plays all over the ice. There’s still room for development, such as foot speed, but we expect him to be a top defenceman on our team and within the league.” Kornilov is excited to be returning to the Civics for his third year of junior hockey, “I have been looking forward to coming back to the Civics since the end of last season. I want to come back and help lead this team to a championship. I have been very fortunate to grow as a person and a player in New Tecumseth these past two seasons with the Civics. This year we have a lot of players returning to the team, and I hope to be a leader for the team on and off the ice and make a bid for the Russell Cup Championship.”
Kornilov and the Civics start their season September 9 against the Bradford Bulls, where they look to get off to a hot start, and work their way back to the top of the North Division. Be sure to watch the Kornilov and the Civics at the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex, or on GMHL.tv.