SAINT JOHN, June 27, 2012 – The Saint John Sea Dogs selected a strapping 17-year-old blue-liner from Slovenia in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft today. The Sea Dogs had the 34th pick overall in the draft.
Jurij Repe, 6’02 and 198 pounds, played most of this past regular season with HC Trinec of the Czech Extraliga U20 League where in 30 games he scored one goal, earned six assists and served ten penalty minutes. He also represented his native Slovenia at the World U18 (served as captain) and U20 tournaments in 2011-12.
“Repe was recruited to play last season in the Czech Republic in order to face stiffer competition,” said Sea Dogs General Manager and Head Coach Mike Kelly. “For a young player, he possesses a lot of strength while being very mobile. He’s an efficient puck mover who is looking to add to his game by coming to North America.”
Repe will be eligible for the NHL draft in 2013.
In addition to Repe, the Sea Dogs used their 52nd pick overall to select 18-year-old Czech native Jakub Izacky. The 6.01, 187-pound, left wing was a teammate of Repe’s last season with HC Trinec. In 41 regular season games with Trinec, Izacky netted five goals, collected nine assists and recorded 24 penalty minutes.
“Izacky is a dynamic skater who is able to create offence with his speed,” said Kelly. “He has a tremendous work ethic and is looking forward for an opportunity to prove himself in North America as a 19-year-old.”
Izacky was eligible for the NHL draft last weekend, but was not selected.
CHL teams are permitted to carry two European import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.
The Sea Dogs will open their 2012-13 regular season at Harbour Station on Thursday, Sept. 20, against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.