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Oshawa Generals Grad Signs in Germany's Oberliga
October 4, 2012 Posted by Tom
Today, we're looking at a guy that's been under the radar since leaving the Ontario Hockey League over a decade ago. In fact, Ilya Demidov is returning to pro hockey after two years off.
Ilya Demidov played three years in the OHL from 1997-98 to 1999-00, all with the Oshawa Generals. The spring of 1997 was a busy year for Ilya, he was was drafted by the Generals in the second round of the CHL Import Draft, 64th overall. He was also taken that same spring by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, 140th overall. The Russian born player had suited up with hometown Moscow Dynamo previous to that.
Demidov's best season offensively in the OHL came in his final year with the Generals when he posted 48 points in 62 games from the point. Oshawa's best year as a team with Ilya on the blue line came in 1998-99 when the club advanced to the Eastern Conference final before losing to the Belleville Bulls in five games. Belleville went on to beat the London Knights in seven games to capture the Robertson Cup.
Ilya spent two years in the North American pros after graduating from the OHL. In 2000-01, he played with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL. The following season, he played most of the year with the Mobile Mystics of the ECHL but also appeared in seven games with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. He did appear in pre-season games with the NHL's Ottawa Senators.
After not playing in 2002-03, it was back to Russia for Demidov. Between 2003-04 and 2009-10, he played at three levels in Russia as well as playing in league's in Belarus and Latvia. In 2004-05 with HK Riga 2000, he led the Belarus league with 116 penalty minutes in 39 games.
Demidov will play 2012-13 with F.A.S.S. Berlin in Germany's Oberliga (tier 3). From my weak knowledge of the German language, Ilya will be the first Russian to play for the club. He has been brought in to mentor the defensmen in the mostly developmental league. F.A.S.S. finished the 2011-12 season fourth of nine teams in the Oberliga Ost group. The team is a feeder to the DEL's Eisbaren Berlin.
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