July 2,2014(ISN) – Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers used the 6th overall pick in the 2014 CHL Import
Draft to select 1996-born defenseman Patrik Maier from Slovakia.
The soon to be 18-year-old played this past season with the U-18 Team Slovakia. He
recorded a goal and nine points along with 172 penalty minutes in 38 games this
Maier also played for his country at the U-18 World Championships held in Finland
this past spring. He recorded a goal in five games played at the event.
The Bratislava, Slovakia native is touted as a good skater with a physical element
to his game.
The 5’11” and 190lb defenseman will be first time eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft as
he does not turn 18 until November 6th. He is expected to join the Blazers in time
for training camp in mid-August.
The Kamloops Blazers used their final selection in the 2014 CHL
Import Draft to select 1995-born defenseman Michael Fora from Switzerland.
Fora played for Ambri-Piotta U-20 team this past season. He had nine points in 38
games and was the team captain.
The 6’2″ and 198lb defenseman has a connection with the hockey club as his agent in
former Kamloops Blazers star Hnat Domenichelli (1992-1996). Domenichelli retired
this season after playing the last 11 years in the Swiss-A professional league.
Fora, who turns 19 on October 31st, is expected to join the Blazers in time for
training camp in mid-August.