photos courtesy Elena Rusko
Saskatoon Blades defenseman, Mark Rubinchik, is back on the international stage this week representing his home country of Russia in the World Under 18 Tournament in Slovakia.
The Russians knocked off Sweden in their tournament opener by a score of 3-1. Rubinchik was held off the score sheet, but had to pleased as a defenseman allowing just one goal against. Russia is back in action Saturday when they face off against the United States.
Rubinchik notched 23 points in 63 games this past season with the Blades, and will be leaned on for his leadership at this tournament serving as an alternate captain. The 17-year-old defender is no stranger to the world stage, having played in the World U17, U16, and Ivan Hlinka tournaments in the past.
Rubinchik was also recently ranked 140th among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings.
Blades Head Equipment Manager, Chad Scharff, is also at the tournament filling that same position for Team Canada. Canada also picked up a win in their tournament opener; 4-1 over Latvia. Canada will resume play on Saturday, taking on the host team Slovakia.