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Alexander Khokhlachev Returning to Windsor Spitfires

January 8th, 2013 at 3:38 PM
By Tim ODonnell

Alexander Khokhlachev's experiment in the KHL is over. He is set to return to Windsor Spitfires of the OHL where he has 59 goals and 145 points in 123 career regular season games.

"We're thrilled to have Koko back with the club," Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel said. "He adds an element of speed and scoring up front that will inject some excitement into our club."

The Spitfires have scored 106 goals this season second fewest in the Western Conference.

"He brings an offensive flair we need," Rychel said. "No. 1, it injects some excitement in the team and it also injects some excitement into the fan base."

Khokhlachev decided to leave the Spitfires after two seasons and signed with Moscow Spartek, where his father is the general manager. He had hoped that it would better prepare him to join the Bruins. But things didn't work out for him. Khokhlachev appeared in just 26 games for Spartek, scoring twice and finishing with seven points.

"It's a different game on big ice," Khokhlachev said. 'I think I learn a lot in KHL. A lot of older guys on team and I learn from them and I think (coming back to OHL) it will something (to make) me to be better."

While the Bruins supported Kokhlachev's decision to leave Windsor and join Spartek, they encouraged him to return.

"I have contract with Boston and Boston told me I have to come back," Khokhlachev said. "I come play in Windsor and play hard there. It's a really good experience to play in (KHL), but I come back to Canada and play North American style on smaller ice (rinks)."

"We asked Koko to return to Windsor because we were concerned about his ice time and development," Bruins General Manager peter Chiarelli told ESPNBoston.com.

The Bruins drafted Khokhlachev in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Tags: Alexander Khokhlachev, Boston, Boston Bruins, Hockey, NHL, NHL Draft

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