Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today that the club has selected Forward Šimon Slavíček as the 42nd-overall pick in the 2021 CHL Import Draft.
Slavíček, a native of Praha, Czech Republic, recorded 13 points (5 G, 8 A) for HC Slavia Praha U20 this year as well as seven games for HC Slavia Praha of the Czech2 professional league. The 17-year-old also represented the Czech Republic at the U18 World Championships earlier this year.
The 6-foot-0, 170-pound forward has been a part of the HC Slavia Praha hockey program for years, including producing an impressive 59 points (31 G, 28 A) in 38 games played during the 2018-19 season at the U16 level. Slavíček is eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft.
Slavíček is the fourth player all-time the Firebirds have drafted from the Czech Republic in the CHL Import Draft and the first since 2018. He has a chance to become the first Czech player to play for the Firebirds since Michal Steinocher during the 2016-17 season.
In total, 85 players were selected in this year’s CHL Import Draft from 15 countries. Russia led the way with 16 players drafted and the Czech Republic was right behind them with 15.
The import draft is seen as a way to raise the level of competition in the CHL, as well as to broaden its fan base while retaining high North American content.
About The Flint Firebirds:
The Flint Firebirds are a proud member of the prestigious 20-team Ontario Hockey League. The OHL is one of three leagues that constitute the 60-team Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which is known as the world’s premiere player development league for the NHL. On NHL opening day rosters in October, 70% of NHL players were CHL alums. Since the Firebirds’ inception in Flint, Michigan five seasons ago, the team has produced 18 NHL signed or drafted players. More than 250 scouts representing all 31 NHL clubs attended a Firebirds game in Flint throughout the 2019-20 season. The Firebirds average nearly 3,000 fans per game at the newly renovated Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, reaching over 100,000 fans each OHL season.
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Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
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