With their second pick at the 2017 CHL Import Draft, the Kootenay Ice selected defenceman Martin Bodak, from Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, 63rd overall.
The 1998-born Bodak recorded seven goals and 22 points in 38 games with Tappara U20 in Jr. A SM-Liiga last season. The 6’1”, 194-pound defender also played for Slovakia at the U20 World Junior Championships.
“Martin is a guy we feel can come in and play in all situations right away,” said Ice president and general manager Matt Cockell in a team release. “He is an experienced player that will upgrade our blueline immediately.”
The Ice also selected 17-year-old forward Gilian Kohler third overall in the import draft earlier in the day.