Genadi Churilov is the product of the Metallurg hockey school in Magnitogorsk, Russia. The young center has steadily risen through the club’s ranks, finishing the 2003-04 season with both teams from his DOB and Metallurg’s junior farm club, Metallurg 2. He was highly successful with Metallurg 2, despite the shoulder injury that sidelined him for a large part of the season. The young forward has been a member of Russia’s ’87 squad since it’s creation, centering the national team’s top line with Denis Istomin, who is another Magnitogorsk product eligible for the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. During the summer of 2004 Churilov was drafted 21st overall by the Quebec Ramparts in the CHL Import Draft. The young forward moved from Russia to Canada the same summer and embarked on his first North American season. He returned to Russia to enjoy a career season with Lokomotiv, making his Super League debut. Some feared a move to Russia would mean significantly reduced ice time, but in fact Churilov established himself as the club’s third center and got regular shifts.
Churilov tragically perished in an airplane crash with fellow Lokomotiv Yaraslavl teammates on September 7th, 2011.
Was team Russia ’87’s top line center during the 2003-04 season...a pure passer who sees the ice very well...not a very good skater – fast enough, but is not very technical...handles the puck very well – a very technical forwards...not very good defensively for several reasons including his average size...had two serious injuries over the past couple of seasons (first collar bone and then shoulder), which have altered his playing style...not that strong mentally any more and doesn’t play physical hockey, staying away from it.
Still, the young forward continues to suffer from the "European forward" label he has been unable to shake due to his unwillingness to compete physically and skate through traffic. He does have significant potential and appears to have recovered from injuries that hurt his career early.