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Jiri Patera Signs 3-Year, Entry-Level Contract with Vegas Golden Knights

June 30, 2020 - It's been a productive year for Jiri Patera. The Wheat Kings' 20 year-old graduating goaltender has signed his first professional contract with the Vegas Golden Knights, a three-year entry level deal with the franchise that drafted him in 2017. Patera appeared in 41 games for the Wheat Kings during the 2019-20 season, posting 5 shutouts and a franchise-best 2.55 Goals Against Average to go along with a .921 save percentage in his second and final season in Brandon. The first ever european-born goalie to play for the Wh... Full Story

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T-Birds Select Samuel Knazko in First Round of CHL Import Draft

June 30, 2020 - KENT - The Seattle Thunderbirds selected defenseman Samuel Knazko from Slovakia in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2020 CHL Import Draft this morning. Knazko played last season for TPS Turku in the Finnish Junior League. He had seven goals and 21 assist for 28 points in 41 games. Knazko represented Slovakia at the 2020 World Junior Championship, playing in five games and registering an assist. "We think Samuel is a high end defenseman that fits well with our group," said general manager Bil La Forge. "He has offe... Full Story

WHL Clubs Select 25 Players from Eight Nations in 2020 CHL Import Draft

June 30, 2020 - Calgary, Alta. - The Western Hockey League announced today that 25 players have been selected from eight different nations by WHL Clubs as the 2020 CHL Import Draft was completed. The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL's three leagues, using an inverse order of final regular season standings from the 2019-20 regular season. All CHL Clubs are permitted to carry two import players on their roster each season. The Swift Current Broncos held the top selection of a... Full Story

Cougars Draft Finnish Forward in CHL Import Draft

June 30, 2020 - PRINCE GEORGE, BC - The Prince George Cougars made one selection Tuesday morning in the 2020 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. The Cougars selected Finnish forward Jonni Kärkkäinen ('03) 12th overall in the first round. Prince George only made one selection, passing on their second-round pick, as 19-year-old Czech forward Filip Koffer is set to return for his second season in the fall. "Jonni is a solid all-around player with great size already," said Cougars' General Manager & Head Coach Mark Lamb. "He has na... Full Story

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Lethbridge Hurricanes Lethbridge Hurricanes - Lethbridge, Alberta
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Prince Albert Raiders Prince Albert Raiders - Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Prince George Cougars Prince George Cougars - Prince George, British Columbia
Red Deer Rebels Red Deer Rebels - Red Deer, Alberta
Regina Pats Regina Pats - Regina, Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Blades Saskatoon Blades - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Spokane Chiefs Spokane Chiefs - Spokane, Washington
Swift Current Broncos Swift Current Broncos - Swift Current, Saskatchewan
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