Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Whalers ready for CHL Import Draft

Defenseman Michael Kolarz was Plymouth's selection last year, but was dealt to the Kingston Frontenacs prior to training camp.

The Plymouth Whalers are in preparation for tomorrow's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. The draft is designed to distribute non-North American players throughout the 58-team CHL.

The Whalers will select 25th and 83rd overall. CHL teams can play two import players per season.

Third-year forward Vaclav Meidl is the lone import returning thus far as Jonas Fiedler finished his four-year career as a Whaler last spring in Plymouth's opening-round playoff defeat to the Owen Sound Attack.

Plymouth selections since the beginning of the draft in 1992:

2004- Michael Kolarz
2003- Vaclav Meidl
2002- Martin Cizek
2001- Jonas Fiedler
2000- no selections
1999- Tomas Kurka, Libor Ustrnul
1998- Tomek Valtonen, Denis Arkhipov
1997- Steve Lyle, Yuri Babenko
1996- Sergei Fedotov
1995- Jan Vodrazka
1994- Milan Kostolny
1993- Jozef Kohut
1992- Richard Ujvary

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