Chiefs Sign Russian Defenseman Matvei Startsev

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Friday that they have signed Russian defenseman Matvei Startsev to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

“We’d like to officially welcome Matvei to the Chiefs’ organization,” said general manager Scott Carter. “We look forward to seeing him on the ice in August.”

Startsev, a 2002-born rearguard from Russia, posted nine points (3G-6A) in 13 games while wearing an “A” as an alternate captain with Mosvka Russia of the Russian U18 league last season. He competed in nine playoff games, recording eight penalty minutes. He also played 25 games with the same club’s U17 team, tacking on four goals and eight assists.

He was the Chiefs’ second-round (103rd overall) pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft.

Startsev joins Czech defenseman Filip Kral (1999) and Czech goalie Lukas Parik (2001) as potential import players for the 2019-20 season. League rules allow a maximum of two.

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