Americans Take Czech Forward Illes in 2013 CHL Import Draft

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the club has selected 17-year-old forward Jakub Illes in today’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
With the 43rd overall pick of the 2013 Draft, the Americans added a big forward by selecting Illes, a 6’2 185 lb. center from the Czech Republic.  The 17-year-old spent the 2012-13 season with the HC Vitkovice U18 and U20 clubs, playing in a total of 50 games while collecting 11 goals, 27 points and 38 penalty minutes.  Additionally, he played in four games for the Czech Republic at the World U-19 Hockey Challenge, tallying no points and two penalty minutes. He will be eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

“Our scouts identified Jakub as a player with very good potential,” explained Tory.  “He is a big center who plays a strong puck possession game. Jukub has a tremendous work ethic and will fit in well with our hockey club.”

Tri-City Americans season ticket plans are now available for the 2013-14 season.  Season ticket plans can be purchased using several, convenient monthly payment schedules after a one-time service charge.  Call 509.736.0606, visit or drop by the Americans offices’ at the bottom level of the Toyota Center for more information.

Jakub Illes Regular Season Stats                
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-
2009-10 HC Vitkovice U16 Czech U16 8 3 0 3 4 -1
2010-11 HC Vitkovice U16 Czech U16 34 25 29 54 18 56
  HC Vitkovice U18 Czech U18 5 0 0 0 0 -2
2011-12 HC Vitkovice U18 Czech U18 28 11 11 22 76 22
2012-13 HC Vitkovice U18 Czech U18 16 4 9 13 16 8
  HC Vitkovice U20 Czech U20 34 7 7 14 22 12

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