Niagara IceDogs at the CHL Import Draft

The Niagara IceDogs are in full preparation mode for the upcoming CHL Import Draft on Thursday, June 27th. The IceDogs will be making their sole selection 47th overall.

Last year, the IceDogs acquired Swiss forward Kyen Sopa, who quickly became a fan favourite in the 2018-19 season scoring the team’s first goal at home. Despite missing some time due to injury, Sopa collected 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 55 games. Sopa will be returning for the 2019-20 season.

In the second round, Daniel Bukac was selected, after spending 2 seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings, of the WHL. Bukac became a steady presence on the blueline in Niagara, and contributed offensively with 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 54 games. Bukac missed time in the winter as he represented the Czech Republic at the 2019 IIHF U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship.

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History of European Players to Play for the Niagara IceDogs 

2007-08 Goaltender Sebastian Dahm 49th overall (Belleville)
2008-09 Goaltender Max Englbrecht 43rd overall
Defence Simon Gronvaldt 57th overall (Kitchener)
Left Wing Marco Insam 100th overall
2009-10 Goaltender Petteri Simila 21st overall
2010-11 Defence Milan Doudera 77th overall
2011-12 Left Wing Tom Kuhnackl 24th overall (Windsor)
Goaltender Jaroslav Pavelka 52nd overall
2012-13 Left Wing Ondrej Kopta 56th overall
Centre David Sysala 116th overall
2013-14 Defence Aleksander Mikulovich 71st overall
Centre Alexander Protapovich 80th overall
2014-15 Centre Mikkel Aagaard 16th overall
2015-16 Right Wing Pavel Jenys 31st overall (Sudbury)
2016-17 Centre Pavel Demin 35th overall
Left Wing Ondrej Machala 95th overall
2018-19 Right Wing Kyen Sopa 36th overall
Defence Daniel Bukac 96th overall
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