On Wednesday morning, the Niagara IceDogs completed the CHL Import Draft, welcoming two new prospects into the mix.
Despite making two selections in the 2021 CHL Import Draft, the IceDogs will not be releasing the rights to Danil Gushchin. His rights have been protected, in the event, he is sent back to junior hockey from the San Jose Sharks and/or San Jose Barracuda.
17-year-old Dionicio from Switzerland was born in New Jersey. As a 6’01”, 198lb defender has represented the Swiss internationally at the U16, U17 and U18 levels, most recently competing at the 2021 IIHF U18 Hockey Championship in Texas. At the club level, in 2020-21, Dionicio collected 4 goals, 16 assists and 58 PIM in 41 games split between Bern U-17 Elite and Bern U-20 Elite.
105th Overall – Alex Graham, Left Wing
Graham, an 18 year old from Sheffield, England, turned professional in the UK for the 2020-21 season, playing for his hometown team, the Steelers. The 6’02”, 192lb forward played in 16 games in the condensed EIHL season. He has previously represented England internationally at the U-18 and U-20 levels.