July 9, 2012

Khokhlachev officially joins KHL team

By Jesse Connolly

Most Bruins fans already knew that Alex Khokhlachev would be playing in the KHL next season, but the club he’ll be joining made an official announcement on Twitter on Monday morning.

“Alexander Khokhlachev officially signed a deal with @spartak_hc,” HC Spartak Moscow wrote. “He will wear jersey #89.”

Khokhlachev, 18, was selected in the second round by Boston at the 2011 NHL Draft. A native of Moscow, the gifted forward believes playing against men in the KHL will be better for his development than against younger playing in the OHL, where he’s spent the last two seasons with the Windsor Spitfires.

Khokhlachev’s father, Igor, is the newly-appointed GM of Spartak Moscow.

General manager Peter Chiarelli announced during development camp that the Bruins and Khokhlachev agreed to an entry-level contract. The young winger will spend one year with Spartak before returning to North America for the 2013-14 season.

“What we decided with Koko was that it’s a unique set of circumstances with his dad being the manager there, and saying, ‘Look it’s one year and then back to North America,’” Chiarelli said. “He felt it was right for him, and at the end of the day, we went along with him on this. We’re going to support him on it.”

After notching 76 points in 67 games as an OHL rookie in 2010-11, Khokhlachev had 69 points in 56 contests for the Spitfires this past season. Spartak went 22-27-2 in 2011-12.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.