The Lethbridge Hurricanes are busy preparing for what could be an eventful day on Wednesday as they take part in the 2011 CHL Import Draft.
Each team in the CHL is permitted to carry two European Import players each season. These players are selected annually at the Import Draft, with the order of selection rotating through each of the three leagues in the CHL using an inverse order of their final regular season standings from the 2010-11 season. Lethbridge currently holds the 12th and 72nd picks in this year’s draft and will look to make a pair of selections after the release of Swedish forward Jacob Berglund and Russian forward Alex Kuvaev. Berglund signed on to play pro hockey in Sweden for the 2011-12 season while Kuvaev will now be re-entered into the talent pool for the 2011 CHL Draft.
“It’s always a big change coming over here from Europe to play and Alex [Kuvaev] worked hard to adjust to the North American game” said Canes GM Rich Preston “You always want to look out for your players and we made every effort to find him another home in the WHL prior to his release today – We felt it was only fair to give him the opportunity to find a team back in Europe, like Jacob [Berglund], or possibly somewhere else in the CHL.” Preston added “We certainly want to wish both of these young men the best of luck in all of their future endeavors – on and off the ice.”
The OHL’s Barrie Colts currently hold the first selection in the 2011 CHL Import Draft followed by the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, and the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. Teams are permitted to trade draft picks up to and during the Import Draft process.
(From Ryan Ohashi, Hurricanes Manager of Communicatons and Events)
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