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Pats Pick Kemell 32nd in CHL Import Draft, Suzdalev 95th Overall

June 30, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Regina Pats News Release


REGINA - The Regina Pats have added two pieces they hope will help light the lamp in the Queen City.

Finnish forward Joakim Kemell was taken 32nd overall by the Pats in Wednesday's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, while Regina used their second pick in the Draft to select Swedish forward Alexander Suzdalev 95th overall.

The five-foot-11 Kemell posted a strong 2020-21 season, registering 36 points (22G-14A) in 38 games with JYP Jyväskylä in Finland's top U20 league (U20 SM-sarja). His 22 goals were tied for fourth best in the U20 SM-sarja last season.

Kemell has represented Finland on multiple occasions, including most recently at the IIHF U18 World Championship earlier this year in Texas, where he tallied three goals in seven games. Kemell also played for Finland at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 2004-born product of Jyväskylän mlk, Finland is eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Suzdalev is a six-foot-two forward who played with HV71 in Sweden's top U20 league last season. The Russian-born player had nine points in 13 games (3G-6A) last season in the J20 Nationell, while also suiting up in seven games in Sweden's U18 league (4G-5A).

Another 2004-born forward, Suzdalev skated last fall with current Pat Connor Bedard while Bedard was training in Sweden ahead of the 2020-21 WHL season.

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