The Subway Super Series is an annual six game exhibition ice hockey tournament held between a select team of Russianjunior players and all-star teams representing the three leagues of the Canadian Hockey League. The current corporate sponsor is Subway. The event was first held in 2003 as the RE/MAX Canada-Russia Challenge. From 2004 until 2008 it was known as the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. The CHL holds a commanding lead in the overall series.
Inaugurated in 2003, the tournament was envisioned as tune-up for the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. The first series was won by the CHL five games to one in a series of blowout victories for the home squads. Following the tournament, the Russians were criticized for bringing over a team that was uncompetitive, as the Russian team kept many of its top junior players at home.
Prior to the second tournament, the Russians vowed to avenge their lopsided defeats in 2003. They started off well, defeating the QMJHL in both games by identical 4-3 scores, both via shoot-out. However, the Russians were once again unable to compete with either the OHL or WHL, losing the overall series four games to two.
In the first game, the QMJHL cruised to an easy 6-2 victory. The Q followed that up with a 4-3 victory. Goaltender Ilia Proskuryakov was named the game star in both games for the overmatched Russians who were outshot 82-34 in the first two games. The OHL continued the CHL's dominance with an easy 5-0 victory in the third game.
The fourth game was a much more spirited affair, and while the OHL came out on top for the CHL's fourth consecutive victory, the Russians made a game of it in a close 4-3 final. The game was marred by two ugly incidents late, as both the OHL's Chris Stewart and Russia's Andrey Lange were assessed match penalties in the final minute of the game.
The Russians entered game five with only 14 skaters, and while badly outshot, managed to make a close and entertaining game of it before falling to the WHL 5-3. Game six would prove an entirely different story, as a Brodie Dupont hat trick led the WHL to an 8-1 victory. The CHL swept the series for the second year in a row.
For the first time in the history of the Super Series tournament, Russia ended up as the winners after winning four of the six games. Russia lost their two games against the OHL all-stars, and the OHL remains unbeaten in this tournament. The two leading scorers for Team Russia were Maxim Kitsyn with four goals and two assists and Nikita Dvurechensky with two goals and four assists.
Russia won three of the games of the 2011 Super Series, but since Russia's victory in the second game against the QMJHL came in a shootout they were awarded two points for that victory (as opposed to three points for a win in regulation) while the QMJHL got one point. This in combination with three regulation wins for the other CHL teams led to another series win by the CHL. The OHL would remain unbeaten, although at one point in the first game against the OHL, Russia led by a score of 6-4. The two highest scorers of the series would be Nikita Kucherov with four goals and three assists and Nikita Gusev with three goals and four assists.
Russia ended an 18-game losing streak by defeating Team OHL on November 8. Since Russia won three games in regulation and the WHL all-stars won one game in a shootout, Russia won the 2012 tournament by 10-8 in points.
On June 5th, the 2013 schedule was released. Canada wins based on 3-point system, Canada had three wins, two losses, and an overtime loss for 10 points, while Russia had 2 wins, an overtime win, and three losses for 8 points.