Defenceman Mario Grman

History: Kootenay Ice at the CHL Import Draft

The 2016 CHL Import Draft goes Tuesday morning with the WHL's Kootenay Ice set to select first overall

The 2016 CHL Import Draft gets underway at 9 a.m. (Mountain) Tuesday with the Kootenay Ice set to select first overall.

Over more than two decades of European taste-testing, the Ice has selected a total of 23 players, with varying degrees of success, from the likes of the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Here’s a look back on history at the CHL Import Draft for the Kootenay/Edmonton Ice.

1996 CHL Import Draft

Dmitri Yakushin (D) Ukraine (Rd 1, third)Played 92 games with Edmonton Ice (4G-24A-28pts); drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs (1996 – Rd 6, 140th)

1997 CHL Import Draft

Patrik Stefan (C) Czech Rep. ((Rd 1, 2nd)Played no games with Edmonton Ice; drafted by Atlanta Thrashers (1999 – Rd 1, first)

1998 CHL Import Draft

Jaroslav Svoboda (RW) Czech Rep. (Rd 1, 7th)Played 110 games with Kootenay Ice (49-76-125); drafted by Carolina Hurricanes (1998 – Rd 8, 208th)

Jaroslav Kalla (LW) Czech Rep. (Rd 1, 56th)Played no games with Kootenay Ice

1999 CHL Import Draft

Petr Zajgla (F) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 21st)Played no games with Kootenay Ice

2000 CHL Import Draft

Marek Svatos (RW) Slovakia (Rd 1, 47th)Played 92 games with Kootenay Ice (61-57-118); drafted by Colorado Avalanche (2001 – Rd 7, 227th)

2001 CHL Import Draft

Tomas Plihal (LW) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 16th)Played 139 games with Kootenay Ice (67-96-163); drafted by San Jose Sharks (2001 – Rd 5, 140th)

2002 CHL Import Draft

Michal Polak (C) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 42nd)Played 58 games with Kootenay Ice (2-5-7)

2003 CHL Import Draft

Martin Sagat (LW) Slovakia (Rd 1, 35th)Played 129 games with Kootenay Ice (28-78-106);  drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs (2003 – Rd 3, 91st)

2004 CHL Import Draft

Roman Polak (D) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 19th)Played 65 games with Kootenay Ice (5-18-23); drafted by St. Louis Blues (2004 – Rd 6, 180th)

2005 CHL Import Draft

Lukas Bohunicky (D) Slovakia (Rd 1, 56th)Played 130 games with Kootenay Ice (3-13-16)

Marek Curilla (C) Czech Republic (Rd 2, 71st)Played 41 games with Kootenay Ice (3-14-17)

2006 CHL Import Draft

Arnaud Jacquemet (RW) Switzerland (Rd 1, 47th)Played 115 games with Kootenay Ice (40-42-82)

2007 CHL Entry Draft

Jiri Ryzuk (D) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 57th)Played 45 games with Kootenay Ice (0-0-0)

2008 CHL Import Draft

Dominik Pacovsky (F) Czech Rep. (Rd 1, 45th)Played 114 games with Kootenay Ice (13-35-48)

Ales Frieb (F) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 54th)Played five games with Kootenay Ice (0-0-0)

2009 CHL Import Draft

Petr Senkerik (D) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 38th)Played 36 games with Kootenay Ice (4-7-11)

2012 CHL Import Draft

Petr Vesely (LW) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 29th)Played one game with Kootenay Ice (0-0-0)

Jakub Prochazka (LW) Czech Rep. (Rd 1, 59th)Played 56 games with Kootenay Ice (3-7-10)

2013 CHL Import Draft

Rinat Valiev (D) Russia (Rd 1, 25th)Played 107 games with Kootenay Ice (14-50-64); drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs (2014 – Rd 3, 68th)

2014 CHL Import Draft

Alexander Chirva (C) Russia (Rd 1, 33rd)Played three games with Kootenay Ice (1-0-1)

2015 CHL Import Draft

Roman Dymacek (LW) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 35th)Played 55 games with Kootenay Ice (4-6-10)

Mario Grman (D) Slovakia (Rd 2, 95th)Played 68 games with Kootenay Ice (0-7-7)

*Kootenay Ice passed on selections at 2010 and 2011 CHL Import Drafts


Just Posted

Nigel Kitto seeks second term on Kimberley Council

Nigel Kitto is making another run for City Council, saying he is… Continue reading

New pastor for a new church

Kimberley Pentecostal Church and Holy Cross Lutheran have come together

Basin sees increased support from the Trust

$57 million in benefits delivered through 65 programs and initiatives last year

Jumbo’s legal boondoggle continues

Province appealing the BC Supreme Court decision

Local writer pens Viking Lullaby

Local business owner Michelle Forbes has a passion for viking history, as… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Still too many B.C. seniors in care facilities, on drugs

Seniors Advocate watching use of antipsychotics, opioids

Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid centre

FBI described the Aberdeen incident as an ‘active shooter situation’

The hunt for online herb: feds seek dope on hazy world of pot’s ‘cryptomarket’

In less than a month, Canada to be first industrialized country to legalize recreational marijuana

Despite protests, Russia’s anti-doping agency reinstated

On a 9-2 vote, the executive committee declared RUSADA as having satisfied conditions

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Vancouver councillors move ahead with policy for duplexes on detached home lots

Mayor Gregor Robertson says the decision is another step toward adding homes in the city for the so-called “missing middle.”

Canada’s goal is to play in a medal game at World Cup in Spain

The 2014 women’s world basketball championships were a coming out party for Canada.

Most Read