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Americans Select Goaltender, Defenseman in 2020 CHL Import Draft

June 30, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Tri-City Americans News Release

KENNEWICK, WA - Tri-City Americans General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has selected goaltender Tomas Suchanek and defenseman Andrej Golian in the 2020 CHL Import Draft.

The Americans used their first pick in today's draft to select 17-year-old Tomas Suchanek at ninth overall. The six-foot-one and 175-pound goaltender hails from the Czech Republic. Last season he played 18 games for the Czech Under-16 team averaging 2.53 goals against and a .922 save percentage. He also played 15 games with HC Frydek-Mistek in the 2nd Czech Republic Hockey League where he finished with a 2.72 goals against average and .899 save percentage.

"Tomas is an elite goaltender in the 2003 age group," stated Tory. "Goaltending is the most important position on the team and we now have depth and competition moving forward."

Suchanek led the Czech Republic to a bronze medal at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat, Alta. last November. Through six games played at the tournament he posted a 3.29 goals against average and .883 save percentage. Suchanek was named the tournament's all-star goaltender.

In the second round, Tri-City selected Andrej Golian, a 2001-born defenseman from Slovakia, at 69th overall. Golian, six-foot-four and 200-pounds, played last season with HC Detva in Slovak Tipsport Liga, the top professional league in Slovakia. He totaled one goal, five assists, and 24 penalty minutes through 51 games played.

"Andrej is an experienced defenseman with international experience at both the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and World Junior Championship for Slovakia," stated Tory.

The WHL has announced a Return to Play Protocol for the 2020-21 season with an anticipated start date of Friday, October 2. Further information is available here.

Americans Import Draft History

YEAR PLAYER PICK #

2020 Tomas Suchanek 9

2020 Andrej Golian 69

2019 Jan Cikhart 31

2019 David Homola 91

2018 Krystof Hrabik 41

2017 Roman Kalinichenko 36

2017 Sergei Sapego 96

2015 Juuso Valimaki 14

2014 Semyon Krasheninnikov 18

2014 Vladislav Lukin 78

2013 Jakub Illes 43

2011 Michel Plutnar 48

2011 Malte Strömwall 66

2010 Nikita Nesterov 16

2010 Nikita Kardashev 55

2009 Alex Pechurskiy 55

2009 Sergei Drozd 67

2008 Bogdan Kiselevich 60

2007 Petr Stoklasa 52

2007 Josef Tichy 55

2006 Juraj Valach 20

2006 Daniel Bartek 55

2004 Juraj Gracik 25

2004 Igor Bacek 71

2003 Marcus Jonasen 5

2002 Josef Vavra 58

2001 Peter Lorentzen 13


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