The Lethbridge Hurricanes were informed late Thursday their appeal in regards to Defenceman Kristian Khenkel has been denied.
The Hurricanes drafted
Khenkel, in the first round (20th overall) of the 2013 CHL Import Draft and the
6’2, 188 pound defenceman spent this past season with the Yunost-Minsk Hockey
Club playing on the Yunost Minsk, Junior Minsk, and MHC Yunost Minsk teams.
According to the IIHF, Khenkel’s international transfer application is
not approved because his first contract signed in 2011, at the age of 14, is
considered valid. The age of 14 or 15 is considered of legal age for employment
in sport, therefore the contract he signed at that time remains valid through
The future of Khenkel now rests in his hands, but he only has two
options. One is to return to Minsk and fulfill the remainder of his contract or
he can try and obtain a release from Minsk and play in Germany. If he does not
play, he is suspended for four months.
Lethbridge Hurricanes General
Manager, Brad Robson is “extremely disappointed in the decision as is Kris.
We’ve been waiting a long time for this to be resolved and this isn’t the
outcome we were hoping for or expecting.” Robson added “His dream was to play
here and be a part of the Hurricanes. He’s very upset as are we.” Kris will be
returning to Germany in the next few days.
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)