Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager Brad Robson has been a busy guy the past few weeks trying to get a release for his newest import player.
Defenceman Kristian Khenkel (Pronounced HENKEL) was drafted by the Canes in this year's import draft, 20th overall. He's been living in Belarus, but is originally from Germany. This is how Robson described Khenkel after selecting him:
"He's 6 foot 2, 188 pounds. He's originally born in Germany.
Khenkel's dad is a former pro hockey player in Europe. He is a skilled
player, he's tough, loves the physical game and plays a North
American-style which we like. His goal is to come to North America and
play in the CHL. The good thing is he has size and can skate too. All
the reports we've been getting and the video I've watched indicates he
likes to jump up into the play. NHL Central Scouting has him on the
radar for next year's draft, so we are excited!"
There's been some snags trying to get Khenkel's release. Khenkel is in Lethbridge waiting to get a shot at practicing and playing with his new team. The problem is, the Belorussian Ice Hockey Federation won't give that release and until they do, Khenkel is not allowed to play.
I spoke with Brad Robson Monday afternoon by phone to discuss what's happened and why things are where they are: