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Wolves pick two from Slovakia in 2022 import draft

GM Rob Papineau said team is ‘excited’ for defender Jakub Chromiak and centre Dalibor Dvorsky to suit up in Wolves colours
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The Sudbury Wolves have drafted Slovakian players Jakub Chromiak (left) and Dalibor Dvorksy in the 2022 CHL Import Draft.

The Sudbury Wolves have announced they have selected two players from Slovakia in the 2022 CHL Import Draft held July 1. 

In the first round, 7th overall, the Wolves selected right-defenceman Jakub Chromiak, who suited up for the Slovakia U18 national team last season, as well as for HK Dukla Trencin U20. 

In 19 regular season games, the 5-11, 186-pound defender picked up five goals, five assists, 31 PIM and was a plus-6. 

He also played five games for the HK Dukla Trencin in Slovakia’s top men’s league. 

“We are really excited with today’s draft,” said Sudbury Wolves VP & General Manager Rob Papineau. “Obviously, we targeted Jakub with the first pick, and we feel he is  one of the best young defenceman in the 2005 age group. We were very happy that he available at No. 7 to select him.”

The team said Chromiak “is regarded as one of the top defencemen in the import draft.” 

As well, in the second round, 53rd overall, the Wolves selected centre Dalibor Dvorsky of the AIK IF JR of the J20 Nationell in Sweden. In 33 games, the 6-1, 190-pound centre scored 20 goals and added 20 assists for 40 points. The left-hander also added 43 penalty minutes and was a plus-10. He also played 17 games for AIK in the  HockeyAllsvenskan league where he had two goals and assist for three points. 

“With Dalibour, he is actually one of the top prospects going into next year’s NHL draft and he is a guy that we highly sought,” Papineau said. 

The Sudbury Wolves open their training camp on Aug. 29.