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Spokane Takes Russian Defenseman Startsev with 103rd Overall Import Pick

The Spokane Chiefs selected defenseman Matvei Startsev with the 103rd pick in Thursday’s 2019 CHL Import Draft.

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. 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.

The pick marks the second-straight year the Chiefs have chosen a player from Russia; they took defenseman Egor Arbuzov last season. Prior to last year’s draft, the Chiefs hadn’t picked a Russian since 2001.

Scouting reports indicate that Startsev has grown significantly above his listed height and weight over the past year.

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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