The Kootenay Ice selected left winger Roman Dymacek (above) from HC Kometa with the 35th pick at 2015 CHL Import Draft on Tuesday.

The Kootenay Ice selected left winger Roman Dymacek (above) from HC Kometa with the 35th pick at 2015 CHL Import Draft on Tuesday.

Ice boost international stock with Dymacek & Grman

Kootenay Ice select Czech winger Roman Dymacek and Slovakian defenceman Mario Grman at 2015 CHL Import Draft

The Kootenay Ice replenished their international stock Tuesday morning at the 2015 CHL Import Draft, selecting left winger Roman Dymacek (1997) and defenceman Mario Grman (1997).

“You always hope you do well in any draft, but this is a real tough draft to judge until you see the whites of their eyes, until you see them skate with their teammates, until you see them play in an actual exhibition game and regular season game,” said Jeff Chynoweth, Kootenay Ice president and general manager, on Tuesday afternoon. “Then you can start judging how successful or unsuccessful the draft was.”

Selected with the 35th pick at the draft, Dymacek — a 6-foot-1, 175-pound winger –spent the bulk of the 2014-15 season with HC Kometa Brno (U20) in the Czech Republic, tallying 15 goals and 31 points in 49 games.

The native of Hodonin, Czech Republic, was eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and though he went undrafted, was ranked 39th amongst European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

“He’s a very good skater,” Chynoweth said of Dymacek. “He needs to put on some weight. We’ve got him listed at 175 pounds. He’s got to get stronger but that usually comes with age.

“He thinks the game fairly well. He keeps it simple.

“He can play at both ends of the ice…We’re hoping he can come in and be in our top nine.”

Dymacek has international experience already under his belt, having suited up for the Czech U18 national team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, registering three goals in eight games.

While Dymacek comes to the Ice from abroad, the team’s second selection is more of a known commodity.

Grman, selected 95th at the import draft, toiled in the WHL’s Central Division with the Red Deer Rebels during the 2014-15 season, skating in 35 games and registering three assists.

“I really liked Mario, I watched him in the Tri-City tournament last year when Red Deer was there,” Chynoweth said. “I thought he played well. Unfortunately in his situation, Red Deer went out and got Nelson Nogier and Colton Bobyk. He just got moved down the pecking order.

“He battled through it…He competes hard. He skates well.”

Fans in Cranbrook might remember the hulking Slovak from when he fought Ice forward River Beattie when the Rebels visited Western Financial Place on March 6.

“He shows willingness to stick up for his teammates,” Chynoweth said. “I know he’s very excited. He was very well liked in the Red Deer Rebel dressing room.

“I’ve said many times over the years, you win in the Western Hockey League with quality 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds.”

Grman turned 18 on April 11.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound defenceman also competed at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, skating in four games for the Slovakian U18 national squad.

A native of Topolcany, Slovakia, Grman was released by the Rebels on Sunday prior to the CHL Import Draft.

Brent Sutter, head coach and general manager of the Rebels, said he would consider bringing Grman back via the import draft, but opted to select right winger Michael Spacek (1997) instead.

Chynoweth said both Dmyacek and Grman will be in Cranbrook when Kootenay Ice training camp opens Aug. 30.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 uses walking sticks while walking up a hill, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Interior Health reports 83 more COVID-19 infections overnight

46 cases are now associated with a COVID-19 community cluster in Revelstoke

What's happening at the Cranbrook Public Library
What’s on at the Cranbrook Public Library

Mike Selby The Library is now open with extended hours (with some… Continue reading

The City of Cranbrook is warning the public that the lake at Idlewild Park is not currently safe to skate on after someone cleared the ice over the weekend. (Submitted file)
Idlewild Lake still not safe for skating: City of Cranbrook

Ice on area waterbodies is currently quite thin, and not yet ready for recreation

A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
212 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

A total of 490 cases remain active; 15 in hospital

File Photo
Missing hunter found dead in South Country

A hunter was reported as overdue on Nov. 29, and was found deceased on Nov. 30 following an RCMP and SAR operation

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

The Walking Curriculum gets students outside and connecting with nature. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
‘Walking Curriculum’ crafted by SFU professor surges in popularity

The outdoor curriculum encourages students to connect with the natural world

B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

A sign is seen this past summer outside the Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
B.C. First Nation leaders await privacy commissioner decision on COVID-19 information

Release of life-saving data cannot wait, says coalition of First Nations

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She is speaking out against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld and asking him to resign. (Black Press)
New education minister calls on Chilliwack trustee to resign

Whiteside echoes former minister’s promise to look at options to remove Barry Neufeld

Most Read