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Barrie Colts head to Belarus, Czech Republic for picks in CHL Import Draft

Local OHL team selects Stanislav Vrhel and Alexander Palchik
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The 2020 CHL Import Draft took place Tuesday and the Barrie Colts are pleased to announce two new additions to the Colts team.

In the first round, with the 25th overall pick, the Barrie Colts selected Stanislav Vrhel from the Czech Republic.

“Stanislav is a strong competitive player with a good combination of power and skill. He’s a two-way centre that plays the game the right," said GM Jason Ford.

In the second round, 85th overall, the Colts chose Alexander Palchik from Belarus.

“Alexander brings an excellent compete level and has great hockey sense. He has played up an age internationally and gained tremendous experience from this. He wants to come over to improve his game in the North American setting," Ford said.

Ontario Hockey League member teams selected 23 players from across 10 different countries in the 29th annual CHL Import Draft. Seventeen OHL clubs made selections, with the Kingston Frontenacs, Soo Greyhounds and Guelph Storm each passing on both of their picks. The Erie Otters, Barrie Colts, Sudbury Wolves, Peterborough Petes, Saginaw Spirit and Ottawa 67's each made two selections.

The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular-season standings from each league from the 2019-20 season.