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Sting Look for Big Boost with 7th Overall Selection in CHL Import Draft

June 29, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Sarnia Sting News Release

Sarnia Sting defenceman Eric Hjorth
Sarnia Sting defenceman Eric Hjorth
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SARNIA, ON- Sarnia Sting General Manager Dylan Seca will look to add an elite talent to the 2020-21 Sarnia Sting lineup as the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft gets underway Tuesday, June 30th at 11 AM EST. The Sting hold the 7th overall selection.

Pavel Zacha (New Jersey Devils) played in 88 OHL games for the Sting over two seasonsThe CHL Import Draft has always been a big day on the calendar for OHL clubs, marking an opportunity to add a player or two who can make an immediate impact in the upcoming season. This year's selection is set for Tuesday June 30th starting at 11:00am, with pick-by-pick coverage at both and It will be a unique edition of the event this year, as CHL clubs will make their selections prior to the NHL Draft taking place.

While some teams have taken the approach of identifying younger international talent to add to their depth chart, others have turned to 19-year-olds who can step in and serve as cornerstones in a contending cause. Teams can also choose to pass on either or both of their import selections if they have returning eligible European players in their lineups. The Sarnia Sting will pass on their 2020 2nd round (67) CHL Import Draft Selection as Swedish defenceman and 2019 first round pick Eric Hjorth (D) will return to the Sting lineup.

The Sting have had success in past years of the CHL Import Draft, with notable names such as Hugo Leufvenius (2017-2019), Adam Ruzicka (2016-2019) & Pavel Zacha (2014-16) all donning the black and yellow in Sarnia. Both Ruzickaand Zacha signed National Hockey League deals while Leufvenius continued his professional hockey career back in Sweden.

Complete Sarnia Sting CHL Import Draft History

Round Pick Team Player Heiight Weight Birthdate Position Previous Team Nationality


1 17 Sarnia Hjorth, Eric 6.03 191 2001-01-08 RD Linkoping HC J18E Swedish

2 77 Sarnia Berka, Marek 5.10.75 159 2001-01-22 LW Litvinov Chemopetrol Jr. Czech


1 56 Sarnia PASS

2 116 Sarnia PASS


1 22 Sarnia Leufvenius, Hugo 6.02.5 218 1999-03-26 C Linkoping HC Jr. Swedish

2 82 Sarnia PASS


1 45 Sarnia Helt, Filip 6.01 176 1998-04-09 LW Litvinov Chemopetrol Jr. B Czech

2 74 Sarnia Ruzicka, Adam 6.02 200 1999-05-11 C Pardubice Jr. B Slovakian


1 23 Sarnia Laine, Patrik 6.03 200 1998-04-19 RW Tappara Tampere Finnish

2 64 Sarnia Latta, Louis 6 165 1998-08-07 LW Kolner EC Jr. German


1 1 Sarnia Zacha, Pavel 6.02.75 200 1997-04-06 C Liberec HV Bili Tygri Czech

2 Sarnia PASS


1 27 Sarnia Kodola, Vladislav 5.08 143 1996-10-30 C Cherepovets Severstal U17 Belarusian


1 36 Sarnia Goldobin, Nikolay 5.11 154 1995-10-07 LW Chekhov Russkiye Vityazi Russian

2 75 Sarnia Nemecek, David 6.03 198 1995-06-29 LD Plzen Jr. B Czech


1 49 Sarnia Rensfeldt, Ludvig 6.03 198 1992-01-29 LW Brynas IF Swedish


1 2 Sarnia Yakupov, Nail 5.10.5 169 1993-10-06 RW Neftekamsk Toros - 2 Russian

2 60 Sarnia Latta, Nikolas 5.1 161 1993-10-05 C Riessersee SC Jr. German


2 74 Sarnia Brithen, Ted 6.01 175 1990-11-25 C Rogle BK Jr. Swedish


1 31 Sarnia Preisinger, Miroslav 5.11 156 1991-02-03 C Bratislava Slovan Jr. Slovakian

2 71 Sarnia Bashkirov, Roman 5.10.5 172 1989-03-07 RW Mytishi Khimik - 2 Russian


1 35 Sarnia Karhunen, Tomi 5.10.5 169 1989-10-29 G Karpat Oulu Jr. Finnish

1 41 Sarnia Indra, Marek 5.11 185 1989-04-11 LW Slavia Praha Jr. Czech


1 Sarnia PASS

2 Sarnia PASS


1 4 Sarnia Pospisil, Tomas 5.11.5 183 1987-08-25 RW Trinec HC Ocelari Czech



1 39 Sarnia Ogleznev, Philip 6.03 183 1987-01-13 LW Elektrostal Elemash Junior Ukrainian

1 45 Sarnia Plekhanov, Andrey 6.01 187 1986-07-12 RD Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik Russian


1 Sarnia PASS

2 Sarnia PASS


1 25 Sarnia Chvatal, Marek 1984-01-27 LD Trinec HC Zelenzarny Jr. Czech

2 70 Sarnia Kadeykin, Anton 1984-05-17 LD Elektrostal Kristall-2 Russian


1 17 Sarnia Skoliak, Michal 1984-04-30 RD Liptovsky Mikulas Jr. Slovakian

1 23 Sarnia Stals, Juris 1982-08-04 LW Lukko Rauma Jr. Latvian


1 Sarnia PASS

2 Sarnia PASS

The Canadian Hockey League has documented a decade of past CHL Import Draft selections, highlighting the top player chosen in each slot inside the top 20 picks. OHL names include Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts, 2017), Ukko Pekka-Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves, 2018), Andre Burakovsky (Erie Otters, 2013), Nikita Zadorov (London Knights, 2012), Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit, 2018), Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67's, 2017), Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67's, 2018) and Vladislav Namestnikov (London Knights, 2010).

2020 CHL Import Draft - OHL First Round Order of Selection:

North Bay Battalion

Niagara IceDogs

Sarnia Sting

Soo Greyhounds (Pass)

Kingston Frontenacs (Pass)

Hamilton Bulldogs

Mississauga Steelheads

Erie Otters

Barrie Colts

Owen Sound Attack

Sudbury Wolves

Guelph Storm (Pass)

Oshawa Generals

Windsor Spitfires

Peterborough Petes

Flint Firebirds

Kitchener Rangers

Saginaw Spirit

London Knights

Ottawa 67's

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Sarnia Sting centre Hugo Leufvenius
Sarnia Sting centre Hugo Leufvenius

Sarnia Sting centre Pavel Zacha
Sarnia Sting centre Pavel Zacha

Sarnia Sting centre Adam Ruzicka
Sarnia Sting centre Adam Ruzicka

Sarnia Sting defenceman Eric Hjorth
Sarnia Sting defenceman Eric Hjorth


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