Team Canton Update: Shpilband goes to Novi and Chock & Bates goes with him

A new article on has surfaced and it seems as if Igor has not defected back to the Russians… yet. In any case, he has moved to Novi Ice Arena in Novi, Michigan which isn’t supposed to be too far from Arctic Edge. With Marina too preoccupied with the top Canadians and Americans, I guess it doesn’t come as a surprise that a somewhat no-name team like Madison Chock & Evan Bates have left Arctic Edge with Igor who may be able to politick them somewhere. Nonetheless, this couple has long ways to go – they need to solidify their partnership and actually give it some chemistry. One of the biggest problems of Samuelson & Bates was that they felt like a brother and sister couple, which was detrimental to their programs despite Emily’s perfect toe points.

Either way, they’ll have to fight their way to the number 1 position – something that won’t happen until Meryl & Charlie retire – if they are to get any sort of backing from the USFSA. You saw how the judges sank the Shibuntanis so easily through their mistakes this season. Being the #2 Americans made those low scores even easier to dish out. In any case, I admit to having my reservations about this team. We’ll just have to see them in the new season

to see how they improve. Because, seriously icenetwork, finishing 5th in a GP event is not a compliment to your career since there are only 8 teams per competition which means they were in the bottom half of skaters.

Anyways, thoughts?

~The Rinkside Cafe


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristin
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 17:43:52

    Def the right move for Chock and Bates! They would have been wholly buried with Marina, but Igor has some serious incentive to give them his best!

    Wouldn’t it have been fun if while Virtue and Moir stayed with Marina at Arctic Edge Davis and White had gone with Igor to Novi Ice Arena 20 miles away? Would have made for a smoking rivalry this coming season!


    • rinksidecafe
      Jun 17, 2012 @ 09:54:50

      Now that I think of it, I’m slightly perplexed as to why they didn’t go with Igor. The rivalry would’ve been so fierce and wonderful and yet now I fear for Davis & White and their future prospects with the Olympics coming up. If Gracie Gold comes to be the messiah the USFSA has been hoping for, they’re going to be shunted in the background even more and Marina would back Tessa & Scott, as she always seems to do.


  2. Mikael
    Oct 15, 2015 @ 19:16:45

    Well Virtue and Moir found out first hand the treatment Igor got since they complained after 2014 Olympics that Marina just ignored their pleas for more attention to their programs. Igor is doing fine with Chock and Bates getting a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships.


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