Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club has selected Russian defenceman Nikolai Knyzhov (’98) 41st overall in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
Knyzhov is already playing in North America, spending the last two years playing in Phoenix, AZ. The 6’2”, 186 lbs defender posted four points (1G, 3A) in 24 games with the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes (U16) in 2014-15.
“This is a rarity for the import draft in that our scouts had an opportunity to see Nikolai multiple times throughout the season,” said Regina Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “We know he wants to come play junior hockey in Canada so it made the pick much easier. We look forward to seeing him in Regina for training camp in August.”
Regina Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock will be available to the media at 1:30 p.m. outside the Pats Office at the west end of the Brandt Centre.
Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world operating from its original location. Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division. To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit www.reginapats.com.