The Sarnia Sting select Pavel Zacha from the Czech Republic.
The Sarnia Sting have selected Brno, Czech Republic native Pavel Zacha with the first overall pick in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. At 6í3Ē, 201 lbs. the powerful Centre is expected to be a first round NHL draft pick next year.
The 1997-born, forward spent the majority of the 2013-14 Season with Liberecís main club after an impressive start with the teamís U20 squad. In 10 games with the junior team, Zacha recorded 6 G, 11A for 17 PTS. In 38 games with Bili Tygri Liberec of the Czech Republicís top tiered league, Zacha got his feet wet playing alongside former NHLer, Petr Nedved, and recording 8 points as a 16-year-old.
At the age of 17, Zacha has had a tremendous amount of experience representing the Czech Republic on an international stage. In 18 games with the Czech U18 team this past season, the young forward recorded 6 G, 5A for 11 PTS. This includes an appearance in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament where Zacha tallied 3 PTS in 4 games for the Czechs. At the U18 World Junior Championships, Zacha and the Czech Republic went home with a Silver Medal. Pavel Zacha had 3G 2A in 7 tournament games.
Also, quite impressively, as a 16-year-old, Zacha appeared in 5 games at the 2014 U-20 World Junior Hockey Championships for the Czech Republic.
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