The 26-year-old is expected to arrive in Kosice tomorrow after formalities have been cleared.
After a junior career in Denmark and Sweden, Russell played college hockey for St. Cloud before joining the Edmonton Oilers as an undrafted player in 2016. He finished his third season with the Oilers’ AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors where he scored 18 goals and 40 points in 51 regular-season games and added two goals and seven points in ten playoff games. This season he also had his debut in the National Hockey League appearing in six games for the Oilers.
Russell was part of the Danish national team that played on home ice last year. It will be his third consecutive IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Denmark also registered Matias Lassen of the Malmo Redhawks, who has already been practising with the team. After adding Russell, the Danes will have a roster consisting of three goaltenders and 21 skaters and will have one more roster spot open for a skater.