Americans Draft Duo in Annual CHL Euro Draft

KENNEWICK, WA – The Tri-City Americans today have selected two players in the Canadian Hockey League’s annual Import Draft.

In the first round (36th overall) the Americans selected 17-year-old left defenseman Roman Kalinichenko. The 6’3”, 195-pound defender hails from Moscow, Russia where he played for CSKA Moskva U17. Roman also played for the Russia U-17 Team at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, helping his country to a 3rd place finish at the tournament.

“Roman is a big, strong, physical D-Man who competes hard and has a presence on the ice,” said Bob Tory, Americans Governor and General Manager. “He had a very good tournament at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and will play for Russia at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August.”

Roman Kalinichenko Stats

Year                   Team                                           GP        G          A          Pts       PIM

2016-17             CSKA Moskva U17                    29         2          4           6          71

”           ”             Russia U17 (WHC)                    6          0          0           0          4

2015-16             CSKA Moskva U16                    35         0          2           2          46


Kalinchenko pictured here in white jersey

Check out a highlight from Roman’s time at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge:

In the second round (96th overall) the Americans selected 18-year-old left defenseman Sergei Sapego. The 6’2”, 180-pound defender is from Vitebsk, Belarus. This past season, he played with Team Belarus U18 and U20. He also played on the Belarus U18 team at the U18 World Junior Championships.

“Sergei is a skilled defenseman who played for Belarus at the Macs Midget Tournament and at the World Under-18 Championhsips.”

Sergei Sapego Stats

Year                    Team                                            GP          G          A          Pts       PIM

2016-17              Team Belarus U18                      26          3          17         20         37

”           ”              Team Belarus U20                      12          0          1            1           4

”           ”              Belarus U18 (WJC)                     7            1           1            2           2

2015-16             HK Vitebsk-2                                26         2           1            3          30

”           ”              Dinamo-Raubichi                       10          2           2            4          6


Sapego pictured here in white jersey
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