The Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) is pleased to congratulate Petr Kuznetsov on being selected in the third round, 126th overall, by Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the 2014 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Draft.
Kuznetsov spent the 2013-14 season with OHA Varsity Black, posting 17 points (5-12-17) in 27 Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) games, while also netting two assists in one game with the OHA Prep team.
“Petr is a skilled defenceman,” said Ben Cooper, head coach of OHA Varsity Black. “He is a puck-moving defenceman with a very hard shot. He likes to play a physical game as well and has good size. He has good hands and is very quick. He does a lot of things well; is a very competitive player.”
The KHL is centred in Russia and is considered to be the second strongest hockey league in the world, next to the National Hockey League (NHL). Salavat Yulaev is based out of Ufa, Russia. They were crowned the Gagarin Cup Champions in 2011, which is awarded to the winner of the KHL Playoffs.
“It’s unique,” said Cooper. “He is the first player from OHA to be drafted into the KHL and its nice recognition for him. He really wants to be a hockey player and is really focused on that. He is so dedicated and wants to play at the highest-level possible. He is always asking the coaches questions about what he should do, where he should play and how can he get better.
“It’s nice for him to get recognized for his efforts.”
Kuznetsov, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound defenceman, spent the 2012-13 season with OHA Europe.
My time at OHA provided me an opportunity to grow as a person and athlete. Without OHA I would not have had the opportunity to play post secondary hockey. The life skills I learned at OHA are skills that I will have with me forever.