CHL Pushes Development of Canadian Goalies
The Canadian Hockey League announced a drastic change in the rules of their annual Import Draft, marking the last year to draft a European goaltender. The new agreement will eventually vanish foreign goaltenders from the league and will open doors for more Canadian players.
In order to push the develop of Canadian goaltenders; CHL president David Branch believes the decision for change was vital.
“The goaltender position is the most important in our game,” CHL president David Branch said in a release. “In partnership with Hockey Canada, the CHL has identified the need to further develop Canadian goaltenders by providing increased opportunities for them to compete in our league and succeed at the next level. The CHL will continue to be the world’s largest development league and the number-one supplier of talent to the National Hockey League and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.”
Although , this summer CHL clubs will have one last opportunity to draft a European goaltender , only as first round selection.
This is a great day for the Canadian Hockey League moving forward. Canadian goaltenders will now have a more solidified development along with more playing time. It will help Canada produce more elite goalies , while improving the recent lack of Canadian goaltending stability.
. The CHL goaltender of the year was awarded to Czech-born Patrik Bartosak of the Red Deer Rebels
. The last time a Canadian-born goalie was the first at his position picked in the NHL Draft was 2008
. In the past five NHL drafts, three Canadian-born goalies have been first-round picks
. For the first time this year, all three finalists for the Vezina Trophy are European born.