The Hartford Wolf Pack have added another forward to an already stacked lineup, signing 22-year old Sergei Demagin to an AHL contract. Demagin spent last season in the Belarusian Elite League, where he scored 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points in 46 games for Dinamo Minsk, placing him second on the team in goals and tied for third on the team in points. Demagin, who was born in Togliatti, Russia but plays internationally for Belarus, is the younger brother of Ekaterina Demagina, 2006 World Championship sliver medalist and current member of Russia’s womans basketball team in Beijing. He played for Belarus in the 2006 World Junior Championships and 2007 World Championships and was the final cut from Team Belarus at the World Championships this year, losing his place when late additions from the NHL joined the team after their teams were knocked out of the playoffs.
Demagin has been preparing for the upcoming season with Belarussian Elite League team HK Gomel in the Cup of Belarus, which was awarded to likely Hartford teammate Vladimir Denisov and Keramin Minsk on Tuesday. In four games, he put up 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points and was named player of the game for Gomel in their 6-4 win over Khimik-SKA on August 7th. He added another goal in an exhibition game for Gomel today. It appears Demagin hadn’t signed with either a KHL or Belarussian team for the upcoming season, though earlier in the summer he was still talking with his former team, Dinamo Minsk, about a possible return. Dinamo Minsk is one of four non-RSL teams that have joined the KHL for the league’s inaugural season.
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