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Americans Take Two in CHL Import Draft

June 27, 2019 - 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 Jan Cikhart and David Homola in the 2019 CHL Import Draft.

The Americans used their first pick in today's draft to select Jan Cikhart, a 6'3 and 190-pound left-winger, at 31st overall. Cikhart is from Praha, Czech Republic and played last season with Bili Tygri Liberec of the Czech under-19 league. He played 40 games for the club recording 18 goals and 13 assists.

"Cikhart is a power forward with a good scoring touch. I was able to watch Jan play at the World U-17 Championship in New Brunswick," stated Tory. "He comes from the same club team as Krystof Hrabik and former Tri-City American Michal Plutar. Jan will be a welcome addition to our team and will be in Kennewick late August for training camp."

In the second round, Tri-City selected David Homola, a 2001-born defenseman also from the Czech Republic, at 91st overall. Homola, 5'11 and 165-pounds, totaled 4 goals and 14 assists in 47 games for Ocelari Trinec of the Czech under-19 league. Last summer he competed with the Czech Republic U-18 Team at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

"David is a skilled defenseman with good puck skills. He has consistently played internationally for the Czech Republic," stated Tory. "David played this last season for Trinec Jr's. He will attend the Americans training camp in August."

Americans Import Draft History


2019 Jan Cikhart 31

2019 David Homola 91

2018 Krystof Hrabik 41

2017 Roman Kalinichenko 36

2017 Sergei Sapego 96

2016 No Selection

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

- Season tickets are now on sale. Individual game tickets will be available purchase on September, 1st at 10:00 AM from the Toyota Center Box Office and online from Ticketmaster. For ticketing inquires contact the Americans office at 509-736-0606.

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