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Americans to Select 20th Amongst WHL Teams in 2021 CHL Import Draft

June 11, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Tri-City Americans News Release


KENNEWICK, WA - The Western Hockey League announced today the draft lottery results for 2021 CHL Import Draft, scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 30 at 11 a.m. ET. Tri-City will select 20th amongst WHL teams.

Due to the unique schedule of games during the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season, a lottery was conducted to determine the order of selection for WHL Clubs in the 2021 CHL Import Draft. All 22 WHL Clubs participated and had equal opportunity to win the lottery.

The two-round draft will take place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL's three leagues. The CHL Import Draft will follow a snake format. The Club designated to select first overall in the first round will then select last in the second round.

Last year in the CHL Import Draft the Americans selected goaltender Tomas Suchanek from the Czech Republic at ninth overall. Suchanek, ranked sixth amongst international goaltenders for the 2021 NHL Draft, played last season with HC Frydek-Mistek of the Czech2 league.

Tri-City used their second round pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft to select Slovakian defenseman Andrej Golian. Golian played last season with the Americans, but recently signed a two-year contract with HC Slovan Bratislava and will not return to the WHL next year.

The complete order of selection for the 2021 CHL Import Draft, including Clubs from the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will be released at a later date by the CHL.

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