Ivan Miroshnichenko Records 8th Goal In First 8 Games With Omsk Hawks

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Washington Capitals forward prospect Ivan Miroshnichenko recorded his 8th goal in his first eight games played for the Omsk Hawks of the MHL on Saturday. Miroshnichenko also has two assists in one game played earlier this week for the Omsk Wings (VHL team), giving him eight goals and five assists in his first nine games played since his recovery from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Miroshnichenko‘s goal on Saturday came against Sibirskie Snaipery at 3:38 of the second period. He would fire a one-timer from the right faceoff circle for the tally, tying the game 2-2. He’s now scored a goal in seven consecutive games.

Omsk fell to Sibirskie Snaipery, 3-2, in the shootout. Miroshnichenko was the only player for Omsk to convert on their shootout opportunity. [Recap here.]

Miroshnichenko completed treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June and returned to workouts with the MHL club on October 21. He was cleared to return to game action on November 8.

Miroshnichenko began his return to the game of hockey playing in six games with the MHL team (i.e. Russian Junior League). In those six games, he tallied six goals and recorded two assists.

Miroshnichenko then made his first appearance with the VHL team on Monday in a game  against Metallurg Novokuznetsk (More here.). It was his first game with the VHL team since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in February. He recorded two primary assists in the game.

Miroshnichenko returned to the MHL squad on Thursday and recorded a goal and an assist. Including his goal on Saturday, he now has eight goals and five assists in his first nine games played following his recovery from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Miroshnichenko was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in February, but was cleared by doctors to return to skating and workouts after successfully completing a course of treatment in Germany in back June.

Capitals assistant general manager Ross Mahoney told NHL.com that Washington’s medical staff examined Miroshnichenko’s health records, and that he felt good about the player’s status following a video conference with him in May.

“I was in Germany in April at the Under-18 World Championship and met Ivan and his father,” Mahoney said. “I think he was already in his second round of chemotherapy, and he had lost a lot of weight, lost his hair, and he was wearing a cap. He looked really thin and I thought, ‘What a tough situation.’ Then we did a Zoom call with him in May when he was finishing up his treatments, and he looked a lot better.”

The Capitals ultimately selected Miroshnichenko in the first round (#20 overall) of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft held on July 7.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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14 Responses to Ivan Miroshnichenko Records 8th Goal In First 8 Games With Omsk Hawks

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thrivin’ Ivan!

  2. Jonathan says:

    As much weight loss he obviously had, I’m thrilled with the slow play to get him back to where he was before. I hope he continues to get stronger throughout the season.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ivan The Great!

  4. novafyre says:

    So the Russian ladder is KHL, VHL, MHL? Was his one game with the VHL more of a tryout? Recall as a sub? Promotion then demotion? How should we view that?

  5. hockeydruid says:

    Nice recovery and even better playing. When can we expect to see him either in Hershey or Wash?

  6. Diyg says:

    2024 late in Hershey and then compete for a slot with the Caps in the 2024/2025 season.

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