KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the Americans have signed Slovakian defenseman Andrej Golian to a WHL Standard Player Agreement. Tri-City selected the 19-year-old at 69th overall in the 2020 CHL Import Draft.
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Golian is a native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and played last season with HC Devta of Tipsport Liga, the top Slovak professional league. The six-foot-three, 180-pound defenseman played 51 games last season totaling one goal, five assists, and 24 penalty minutes.
During the 2018-19 season, Golian played for Team Slovakia at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and IIHF World Junior Championship.
“Andrej is a skilled and experienced defenseman who will provide stability and depth to our blue line,” said Tory. “We are excited to have him join our team for the 2020-21 season.”
The WHL has announced a Return to Play Protocol for the 2020-21 season with an anticipated start date of Friday, October 2. Further information is available here.