The Kootenay Ice will look to replace imports Tim Bozon (middle) and Rinat Valiev (right) at the 2015 CHL Import Draft on Tuesday morning.

The Kootenay Ice will look to replace imports Tim Bozon (middle) and Rinat Valiev (right) at the 2015 CHL Import Draft on Tuesday morning.

Kootenay Ice history at CHL Import Draft

The 2015 CHL Import Draft is slated to get underway Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.; Kootenay Ice set to select 35th

The 2015 CHL Import Draft will be the 20th for the Kootenay/Edmonton Ice franchise. It gets underway at 9 a.m. (MT) Tuesday with the Ice set to select 35th.

Over two decades of European taste-testing, the Ice has selected a total of 21 players, with varying degrees of success, from the likes of the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Here’s a look back at 19 years of CHL Import Draft history for the Kootenay/Edmonton Ice.

1996 CHL Import Draft

Dmitri Yakushin (D) Ukraine (Rd 1, third)Played 92 games with Edmonton Ice (4G-24A-28pts); drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs (1996 – Rd 6, 140th)

1997 CHL Import Draft

Patrik Stefan (C) Czech Rep. ((Rd 1, 2nd)Played no games with Edmonton Ice; drafted by Atlanta Thrashers (1999 – Rd 1, first)

1998 CHL Import Draft

Jaroslav Svoboda (RW) Czech Rep. (Rd 1, 7th)Played 110 games with Kootenay Ice (49-76-125); drafted by Carolina Hurricanes (1998 – Rd 8, 208th)

Jaroslav Kalla (LW) Czech Rep. (Rd 1, 56th)Played no games with Kootenay Ice

1999 CHL Import Draft

Petr Zajgla (F) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 21st)Played no games with Kootenay Ice

2000 CHL Import Draft

Marek Svatos (RW) Slovakia (Rd 1, 47th)Played 92 games with Kootenay Ice (61-57-118); drafted by Colorado Avalanche (2001 – Rd 7, 227th)

2001 CHL Import Draft

Tomas Plihal (LW) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 16th)Played 139 games with Kootenay Ice (67-96-163); drafted by San Jose Sharks (2001 – Rd 5, 140th)

2002 CHL Import Draft

Michal Polak (C) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 42nd)Played 58 games with Kootenay Ice (2-5-7)

2003 CHL Import Draft

Martin Sagat (LW) Slovakia (Rd 1, 35th)Played 129 games with Kootenay Ice (28-78-106);  drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs (2003 – Rd 3, 91st)

2004 CHL Import Draft

Roman Polak (D) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 19th)Played 65 games with Kootenay Ice (5-18-23); drafted by St. Louis Blues (2004 – Rd 6, 180th)

2005 CHL Import Draft

Lukas Bohunicky (D) Slovakia (Rd 1, 56th)Played 130 games with Kootenay Ice (3-13-16)

Marek Curilla (C) Czech Republic (Rd 2, 71st)Played 41 games with Kootenay Ice (3-14-17)

2006 CHL Import Draft

Arnaud Jacquemet (RW) Switzerland (Rd 1, 47th)Played 115 games with Kootenay Ice (40-42-82)

2007 CHL Entry Draft

Jiri Ryzuk (D) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 57th)Played 45 games with Kootenay Ice (0-0-0)

2008 CHL Import Draft

Dominik Pacovsky (F) Czech Rep. (Rd 1, 45th)Played 114 games with Kootenay Ice (13-35-48)

Ales Frieb (F) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 54th)Played five games with Kootenay Ice (0-0-0)

2009 CHL Import Draft

Petr Senkerik (D) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 38th)Played 36 games with Kootenay Ice (4-7-11)

2012 CHL Import Draft

Petr Vesely (LW) Czech Republic (Rd 1, 29th)Played one game with Kootenay Ice (0-0-0)

Jakub Prochazka (LW) Czech Rep. (Rd 1, 59th)Played 56 games with Kootenay Ice (3-7-10)

2013 CHL Import Draft

Rinat Valiev (D) Russia (Rd 1, 25th)Played 107 games with Kootenay Ice (14-50-64); drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs (2014 – Rd 3, 68th)

2014 CHL Import Draft

Alexander Chirva (C) Russia (Rd 1, 33rd)Played three games with Kootenay Ice (1-0-1)

*Kootenay Ice passed on selections at 2010 and 2011 CHL Import Drafts

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