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Wolves welcome Slovak defender Jakub Chromiak

Summer import draft saw the 5-11 defenceman go in the seventh round
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The Sudbury Wolves new import defender Jakub Chromiak was picked 7th overall in the 2022 CHL Import Draft this past summer. During the 2021-2022 season, Chromiak played for the Slovakia U18 national team as well as for HK Dukla Trencin U20. In 19 regular season games, he picked up five goals, five assists, 31 PIM and was a plus-6. The Wolves said he also played five games for the HK Dukla Trencin in Slovakia’s top men’s league.

The Sudbury Wolves’ new import defenceman is expected to arrive in the city this week.

The Pack picked Chromiak 7th overall in the 2022 CHL Import Draft this past summer. 

During the 2021-2022 season, Chromiak played for the Slovakia U18 national team as well as for HK Dukla Trencin U20. In 19 regular season games, he picked up five goals, five assists, 31 PIM and was a plus-6. The Wolves said he also played five games for the HK Dukla Trencin in Slovakia’s top men’s league. 

“Chromiak is  projected to be a high pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft,” the team said in a news release. “This past summer, he also played in three games at the World Juniors, notching one goal for Slovakia. Most recently, [he] played  for HK Dukla Trencin before making the decision to come to Sudbury.”

“We are really happy to have Jakub commit to our team,” said Sudbury Wolves VP & General Manager Rob Papineau. “He is a great young defenceman who has already played important roles for his country. He was the captain for Slovakia at the Hlinka tournament this summer and he has been playing well in  the men’s league in Slovakia this year. 

“He is a strong two-way defender who has excellent vision and  puck moving skills to go along with his great hockey sense.” 

Chromiak is expected to arrive in Sudbury this Saturday. The Wolves, however, won’t be in town as they are on the road. The team visits the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday for a 7:05 p.m. game, before heading to meet up with the Flint Firebirds on Saturday at 7 p.m. and then scooting over to Saginaw to battle the Spirit on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. 

“I’m really excited for this new chapter in my life,” said Chromiak in the news release. “Can’t wait to meet my new  teammates and get started. I heard Sudbury has great fans so I’m looking forward to playing in front of  them.”

The Wolves will return to action at home on Oct. 14 hosting the Barrie Colts. Game time is 7:05 p.m