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Rockets select Gabriel Szturc 44th overall in the 2021 CHL Import Draft

The Kelowna Rockets, with their first-round selection, 44th overall in the 2021 CHL Import Draft, have selected forward Gabriel Szturc.

Szturc, 17, spent the majority of last season on loan with HC Slovan Usti nad Labem (Czech2), recording six points (1G, 5A) and 8 penalty minutes in 16 games. He also played 11 games for BK Mlada Boleslav U20 (Czech U20), posting six points (2G, 4A) and ten penalty minutes.

The 5’10”, 172-pound centre represented the Czech Republic at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship, registering four points (3G, 1A), zero penalty minutes and a +3 plus-minus rating in five games.

Szturc won’t be eligible until the 2022 NHL Draft due to his late birthdate.

The Rockets passed on their second-round pick, forward Pavel Novak will return to the Rockets for the 2021-22 season.

Round 1, pick 44 
PLAYER: Gabriel Szturc
SHOOTS: L
HEIGHT: 5’10
WEIGHT: 172
BIRTHDATE: Sept. 24, 2003
HOMETOWN: Cesky Tesin, CZE

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM +/-
2020-21 HC Slovan Usti nad Labem (Czech2) 16 1 5 6 8 4
2020-21 BK Mlada Boleslav U20 (Czech U20) 11 2 4 6 10 -1
2020-21 BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech) 9 0 0 0 2 -3
2020-21 Czech Republic U18 (WJC-18) 5 3 1 4 0 3
2019-20 BK Mlada Boleslav U17 (Czech U17) 12 10 7 17 8 7
2019-20 BK Mlada Boleslav U20 (DHL Cup) 20 5 12 17 0 12
2019-20 BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech) 4 0 0 0 2  -1
2019-20 Czech Republic U17 (WHC-17) 6 0 4 4 2 n/a
2018-19 AZ Havirov U16 (Czech U16) 29 21 27 48 24 28

 

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