2014 U18 Video: Damir Sharipzyanov, Russia

By Chapin Landvogt

Damir Sharipzyanov - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2014 prospect Damir Sharipzyanov played for the Reaktor Nizhnekamsk club in the MHL in 2012-13 before moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Although Russia suffered just one overtime loss in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, their eight points only tied them for second with Sweden in Group A, two points behind Canada.

Russia opened the playoff round against the Czech Republic, who also finished the preliminary round with eight points. The Russians weren't sporting the high-powered offense that they sometimes bring to this tournament, while the Czechs have iced a lineup that has been stronger overall than other, recent rosters. In what was a closely battled affair, the Czechs took a 3-2 overtime win that moves them on to the semi-finals and sends the Russians home without a medal.

The Russian defense surrendered 13 goals at this tournament. One of those defenders, Damir Sharpizyanov, provided a more stay-at-home presence for the Russians and did not produce any points while posting an even rating for the tournament.

Sharpizyanov played for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack in 2013-14, posting five goals and 11 assists in 67 games.

Sharpizyanov spoke with Hockey's Future following Russia's win over Germany, a conversation captured in this HF video.

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