The Spokane Chiefs selected goaltender Lukas Parik with the 43rd overall pick in Thursday’s 2019 CHL Import Draft.
Parik, a 2001-born netminder from the Czech Republic, was selected in the third round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He posted a 2.85 GAA and .917 SV% in 32 games with Bili Tygri Liberec of the Czech Under-19 league, adding four playoff games (3.63 GAA, .903 SV%).
Standing 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Parik also played five games with the Czech national under-18 team, earning honors as a top-3 player on the team.
Ranked third among European goalies headed into last weekend’s NHL draft, Parik was selected by the Kings with the 87th overall pick.
The selection marks the first time the Chiefs have ever selected a goaltender in the annual import draft. Parik joins a long list of Czechs to head to Spokane, including current defenseman Filip Kral.
About the CHL Import Draft
The two-round CHL Import Draft takes place after the NHL Entry Draft each year with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings within each league from the previous season. Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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