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Seattle Kraken Select Former Winterhawk Dennis Cholowski in Expansion Draft

July 21, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - Wednesday night the National Hockey League held its expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken, with the newest franchise selecting former Winterhawk Dennis Cholowski as one of its inaugural 32 players.

Cholowski, 23, was Seattle's pick from the Detroit Red Wings, the organization that drafted the defenseman with the #20 overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Langley, British Columbia-born product played 32 games for Portland during the 2017-18 season, coming over mid-season from the Prince George Cougars. Totaling 27 points during that stint, Cholowski also contributed seven points in 12 playoff games for the club to conclude his junior career. The Kraken and Cholowski will begin their first season as an NHL member club this fall. The club will play six total preseason games beginning September 26, including all three of their "home" games being played in Western Hockey League rinks (Everett, Seattle and Spokane).


The Portland Winterhawks begin their 46th season of play on October 1 and will host Seattle on October 2 for the team's home opener.

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