Aug 24, 2012 - 03:33 MDT

He might have been held pointless, but Hunter Shinkaruk did not think it was pointless to play in the Canada-Russia Challenge.

Shinkaruk didn't register a goal or an assist in the four-game series between all-star junior teams from each country. Both teams each won twice, and Canada took the series winning a tiebreaking overtime period 1-0.

Despite not hitting the scoresheet, Shinkaruk soaked in the experience, especially going to Russia.

"Russia is very different from Canada," said Shinkaruk, who was back in Medicine Hat skating with the Tigers veterans at The Arena on Thursday. "It is a country that is still changing from the communist era.

"When you are over there, you realize how fortunate we are to be Canadian."

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